Bremont Flies Into Blackpool
Bremont Watch Company launched its collection of highly developed aviation-inspired timepieces in 2007 after five years in development
Bremont now offers a comprehensive collection of COSC certified automatic chronometers. Founded by two British brothers, Nick and Giles English, Bremont originated from the brothers’ joint lifetime love and passion for engineering and aviation.
The story of Bremont started in 1995 following a tragic plane crash that Nick had with his father, Euan English. Whilst training for an air-show in the UK their WWII Harvard aircraft was involved in a horrendous accident. Their father Euan died and Nick broke over 30 bones. This accident was a tipping-point in the brothers’ lives and provided the impetus to set up a watch atelier.
The following year after the plane crash, Nick and Giles were back in the air, flying across France in a 60-year-old plane. Bad weather forced them to make an emergency landing in a pea field in the Champagne region. As fate would have it, the field was owned by an old farmer, who not only reminded the brothers of their own father, but was also a former WWII pilot and just as passionate about aircraft as Nick and Giles. His farmhouse, where the brothers stayed for a couple of nights, also housed a wonderful selection of restored wall clocks and he wore a particularly special wristwatch, the one given to him by his father. His name, Antoine Bremont, was chosen to grace this range of British watches with his passions in life mirroring closely those of the brothers and their late father.
The brothers were determined to make a watch that would last more than a lifetime. To that end, it had to be made from the best available materials using the most tried and tested techniques. Indeed, this led to the company’s maxim, ‘Tested beyond endurance’, as all Bremont timepieces would be tested above and beyond the demands placed upon conventional wristwatches.
As a result, the stainless steel case of each Bremont is made to an exceptional hardness of 2000 Vickers which is seven times that of an average stainless steel watch case. The convex sapphire crystal is equally as hard and has nine layers of anti-reflective coating applied to both sides of the glass for increased legibility. During the arduous 15 day chronometer movement certification process carried out by COSC, each Bremont watch must achieve accuracy to within -4 and +6 seconds per day. Bremont now finds itself in the top 13 of the world’s chronometer manufacturers.
The high standard of finish and attention to detail seen in everything from the hand-cut and engraved winding rotor in the sapphire crystal case back to the meticulous machining of the three-part Trip-Tick® cases take considerable time and skill to apply. As a result, no more than 1,000 examples of each model are produced annually. An individual record of each watch is kept at the company headquarters for security and servicing purposes, and all Bremont watches are supplied in beautiful hand-crafted leather wallets or rolls, which have been designed with travelling and safe storage in mind.
In January 2013, Bremont opened its watch making facility in the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames. The beautiful oak framed building in the heart of the Chiltern Valley has been custom built to provide an ideal facility for the manufacture of these high-end mechanical watches where all of the assembly and finishing off of key movement and case components takes place. Bremont is keen to develop mechanical watch manufacturing expertise in the UK and to this end the firm opened its parts manufacturing facility in Silverstone, England, at the end of 2014 where it is manufacturing case and movement components.
Building on the brand’s significant in-house watch making knowledge, together with experience from the F1 industry, Bremont has located the facility at Silverstone to capitalise on local transferable skills in the CNC and machining space. This is a long staged investment programme with Bremont investing in state-of-the-art CNC mill-turning, metal cutting and finishing machinery, some of which are the first of their kind in the UK. This investment will enable Bremont to manufacture significant quantities of beautifully engineered and finished watch parts on British shores.
Historically, Britain has had a considerable impact on watchmaking and was the pioneer of technical development throughout the last century. Bremont is proud to be at the forefront of the revival of British watchmaking.
At Leonard Dews we are extremely excited to welcome this superb watch brand into the store. The story and passion behind this British watch brand is inspiring and exciting, and their collection of beautifully hand-finished watches fits our growing portfolio of brands perfectly.
To view our collection of Bremont watches call into our Blackpool store or speak to one of our team via email or telephone.
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