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 institution provides aerial protection for the United Kingdom and her interests. Bremont Watch Company was founded on a love of aviation, so the brand will commemorate this significant anniversary with the ‘Bremont 1918’ Limited Edition watch.
The Bremont 1918 takes inspiration from the RAF’s rich past.
“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.” Giles English, Co-founder, Bremont
The 43mm watch case, available in white gold, rose gold and stainless steel, houses the beautifully finished BE-16AE chronograph.
A Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane which all flew during the summer of 1940, are incorporated into the watch. 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 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 will retail at $11,495. 75 white gold with a two-toned blue dial will retail at $22,995, and finally, 75 in rose gold set off by a black dial will retail at $21,495. Each version will come on an alligator strap.