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‘Founded in 2002 by brothers Nick and Giles English, Bremont Watch Company offers luxurious timepieces crafted in tribute to traditional horology and vintage aviation. Established out of genuine passion for all things mechanical, Bremont brings together the aesthetics of historic aircrafts and the latest watchmaking technology.

Founded in 2002 by brothers Nick and Giles English, Bremont Watch Company offers luxurious timepieces crafted in tribute to traditional horology and vintage aviation. Established out of genuine passion for all things mechanical, Bremont brings together the aesthetics of historic aircrafts and the latest watchmaking technology. Although it has been in operation for merely 16 years, it is already an award-winning company, regarded as one of the leading industry innovators.

 

Nick and Giles English

 

Bremont’s founding brothers are dedicated to bringing the finest quality mechanical watchmaking back to British shores. To this end, they based the company headquarters in Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire. Furthermore, they trained competent watchmakers from across the UK and Switzerland. Each artisan is capable of assembling exceptional mechanical timepieces in the spirit of traditional craftsmanship. As such, Bremont is currently the only watch brand in Great Britain producing in-house cases and selected watch parts.

The Beginnings

Prior to entering the watchmaking business, the brothers exhibited a natural talent for mechanical engineering. They gained it from spending many hours in a workshop with their gifted father, Dr. Euan English, an ex-RAF pilot with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering. In little time, they moved from assembling clocks to bolder endeavours, including constructing cars, aeroplanes and yachts.

On 4 March 1995, Euan English was tragically killed and Nick badly injured in an airplane accident. While training for an air show, their World War II-vintage Harvard aircraft experienced a malfunction causing it to crash. The fateful event served as a stimulus for the inception of the company in memory of their father.

A few years later, Nick and Giles were flying across France in their 1930’s biplane. Due to a rough-running engine, they were forced to make an emergency landing in the middle of a field. The farmer whose field the brothers landed in offered them help and allowed them to rest at his house. In gratitude for his hospitality, they decided to label the brand after his name. He was called Antoine Bremont.

In 2007, after just five years of planning and research, the company launched its first collection of luxury timepieces with a retro aviation feel. That same year, the company was approached by Martin-Baker, the main producer of ejection seat technology and other safety-related equipment for aviation. The brand turned to Bremont with an unusual request for the ultimate pilot’s watch, made to withstand the most challenging conditions. In response to this, the Bremont MBI was born in 2009. The MBI model is available exclusively for pilots using a Martin-Baker seat, whereas the MBII and MBIII are available to the general public.

 

Bremont MBII

 

Other Partnerships

Since 2008, Bremont has partnered with other brands, foundations and charities to offer limited edition models. Each of these is carefully selected to reflect the brothers’ passion for functional chronometers. The products of these collaborations include timeless pieces that have found much appeal among international watch collectors. An example of this is the extremely sought after Bremont Jaguar line. It was launched in 2010 out of Bremont’s development of analogue dashboard clocks and progressed to distinctly designed wristwatches. As such, the partnership has continued to this day. It’s now expressed through six Bremont chronometers that complement each of the six E-Type sports racing cars currently being built by Jaguar.

 

Bremont Jaguar MK1

 

Another notable collaboration is embodied through the Boeing 100 watch. It was created in recognition of Boeing’s leading position as a commercial aircraft manufacturer. The anniversary timepiece is limited to 300 pieces. Each is produced from Boeing aviation-grade Ti 6-4 titanium, a special metal that is used widely in both airframes and engine components within the aerospace industry.

Perhaps most fascinating watch currently available is the stunning limited edition Wright Flyer watch. It was executed as a commemorative timepiece evoking the first ever powered aircraft assembled by the Wright brothers in 1903 in Dayton, Ohio, USA. The watch is limited to 50 pieces and is said to feature some of the original fabric used on the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft. Moreover, it contains Bremont’s first ever proprietary movement, the BWC/01, part-developed and designed in Britain with Swiss partners.

 

Bremont Wright Flyer

 

Bremont and the Military

Apart from offering some truly spectacular commercial watches, Bremont also collaborates with elite military units from all over the globe, producing exclusive army-built pieces. This robust line of watches has been customised to withstand high altitudes and undersea depths, according to the specialist demands of military personnel. Unlike that of many other brand’s, Bremont’s military association is based on more than merely aesthetic claims. It is dedicated to providing reliable heavy-duty timepieces for serious combatant use.

Bremont’s aviation-inspired designs and technical innovation has appealed to professional pilots and watch aficionados from around the world. Their passion for watchmaking is rooted in traditionalism, and their promotion of British heritage has contributed to their status as a truly esteemed and original company. With all this in mind, we are certain that Bremont will continue to please even the most demanding tastes and that we will see many more incredible watches from them in the near future.

 

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