Bremont’s 19-year quest to manufacture watches 100% in the UK has taken a giant leap forwards with the opening of ‘The Bremont Manufacturing and Technology Centre’, AKA “The Wing”. The state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing mechanical watches – the likes of which haven’t been seen in the UK since the 70s – provides the perfect foundation for the future growth of Bremont and a destination for horological enthusiasts.
The 35,000-square-foot facility sits on the edge of the English Oxfordshire town Henley-on-Thames – where the brand has been previously headquartered – and was designed by award-winning architects Spratley & Partners with strong eco-credentials including a living roof, and recycled air heating system. The site has been transformed into an end-to-end mechanical watch manufacturing centre with CNC machining, finishing, and assembly as well as an on-site boutique, training and entertaining spaces.
Bremont Williams F1 Partnership
It’s no secret to anyone familiar with the Bremont brand that the watchmakers are the kings of unique and quintessentially British partnerships. Today, however, it has been announced that Bremont has become the Official Timing Partner to Williams Racing, with the two British brands uniting for the 2021 Formula One season and will be expanding a deeper technical partnership.
Bremont watches will accompany the wrists of both Williams drivers, and Bremont logo will feature on the FW43B as it hammers around the circuit at 320km/h.
If that wasn’t enough, to mark the momentous step in manufacturing and partnerships, Bremont has unveiled three brilliant new watches.
Bremont Argonaut Azure
The Argonaut Azure is the latest addition to Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection, a collection borne out of a collaboration with Britain’s Ministry of Defence and honouring Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The striking blue dialled Argonaut Azure arrives in a 42mm hardened steel-cased, housing a three-handed chronometer rated BE-92AV movement. The internal rotating bezel is operated by a lockable crown at 4 o’clock and with minutes being so critical in the marine environment, the readability of both the hands and dial were crucial in the design process. It is competitively priced at $4,750 or $5,400 on a bracelet.
The new S302 joins Bremont’s Supermarine Type 300 range, a range that responded to a demand for a professional dive watch in a slightly smaller iteration at 40mm. The vintage aesthetic follows on from its predecessor, the S301, but with added GMT functionality. The burnt orange GMT hand beautifully complements the 24-hour markers seen around the watch’s dial ring and the colour applied indexes which use the company’s iconic ‘P-51’ Super LumiNova. The S302 is available for $5,600 on Sahara Vintage leather strap or $6,100 on the integrated bracelet.
Bremont Supermarine Chronograph
Bremont’s first sports chronograph in the brand’s iconic Supermarine dive collection arrives in a 43mm three-piece case that sits 15.8mm high and is water-resistant to 200 metres. The watch utilises a chronometer rated La Joux Perret 7754 calibre chronograph movement with GMT functionality, appealing to global explorers and style seekers alike. Available in a black or blue dial, it features a colour matched bi-directional ceramic bezel and is available on rubber at $9,300 or integrated bracelet at $10,000.
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