Brand Exclusive: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition – Celebrating 100 Years of British Military Aviation
British military aviation reaches an important milestone in 2018 when the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary year. Globally respected and steeped in tradition, this venerable institution provides aerial protection for the United Kingdom and her interests. Bremont Watch Company was founded on a love of aviation, so it comes as no surprise that the brand will commemorate this significant anniversary with the ‘Bremont 1918’ Limited Edition watch.
As with previous Limited Edition watches, a percentage of proceeds will go to charity. Bremont has chosen the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), which has supported current and former RAF personnel for almost 90 years. Continuing the established tradition of the company’s collectable Limited Edition range, the Bremont 1918 encapsulates RAF heritage. The watch’s rotor will include material from an unprecedented four exceptional historic aircraft which fought with the RAF during major campaigns of both world wars. Giles English said, “Bremont has become renowned for some of its rather special limited editions that incorporate parts of history, and this watch has become something we are exceptionally proud of.” With the Bremont 1918, Bremont is delighted to salute the RAF, the world’s oldest independent air force.
Named in tribute to the RAF’s founding year, the Bremont 1918 takes inspiration from the RAF’s rich past, as company Co-Founder Giles English describes, “With this classic men’s watch we have tried to incorporate some subtle design features from the traditional RAF issue sector clock. It is also the first time that we have used an am/pm indicator, which has been carefully designed to depict the iconic Supermarine Spitfire dogfighting in the Battle of Britain during the day, and then the legendary Avro Lancaster bomber flying on a night mission lit up by search-lights. The incorporation of a telemeter, which allows the user to approximately measure the distance to an event that can be both seen and heard (e.g. a lightning bolt or a torpedo strike) using the speed of sound, is another first for Bremont.” The 43mm watch case, available in white gold, rose gold and stainless steel, houses the beautifully finished BE16AE chronograph.
A Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane that all flew during the summer of 1940 are incorporated into this remarkable timepiece. Each of these Battle of Britain aircraft forms a propeller blade in the rotor and are complemented by a veneer of original wood from the Shuttleworth Collection’s 1917 SE5a which can be found at its center. This wonderfully commemorative Bremont designed movement, featuring 4 aircraft which are all still flying today, can be seen through the open sapphire crystal case back of the Bremont 1918. A limited production of 275 steel cased and white dialed Bremont 1918s are to be manufactured, 75 white gold with a two-toned blue dial, and finally 75 in rose gold set off by a black dial. Each version will have an alligator strap.
Nick English, Bremont Co-Founder explains; “As a family and as a company we have had very close links to the RAF throughout our lives. My father, brother and I all learnt to fly with them, and the considerable work we do manufacturing custom watches for different military squadrons across the globe has only cemented this wonderful tie. 100 years of military aviation is a phenomenal milestone to reach and certainly one we couldn’t miss celebrating. To be working with the RAFA organisation is something that means a tremendous amount to Giles and me; we are thrilled that the Bremont 1918 can help support a charity which has done such an enormous amount in providing welfare and support to those who currently serve, and have previously served, in the RAF.”
Air Marshal Sir Baz North, RAFA President; “The RAF Association is delighted and honoured to be working with Bremont in this important milestone year for the RAF. Bremont’s generous support will enable us to provide much-needed welfare help to both serving and veteran RAF personnel and their families.”