Start with Meet The Brothers English (Part I)
Part of the impetus to create this watch stemmed, perhaps surprisingly, from gratitude. Although Euan English lost his life in that Harvard, his elder son, Nick, was spared: he was flying with his father and sustained multiple injuries in the crash. As the aircraft spiralled to the ground, Giles could only look on before running to help his brother, simultaneously creating a fraternal bond which can never be broken.
The following year, 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 a former WWII pilot who, despite his considerable age, remained as passionate about aircraft as Nick and Giles.
Also passionate about horology, he assembled a house full of clocks, and wore a particularly special wristwatch – the one given to him by his father. His name, Antoine Bremont, was chosen to grace this new family of watches because his passions in life exactly matched those of the brothers.
The ALT1-Z is the flagship of the range with the automatic BE-54AE movement (base ETA), a UTC (universal time co-ordinated) self-winding wristwatch offering dual time-zone display, a three-subdial chronograph, luminous markings and an internal, rotating bezel. Like all watches in the range, the ALT1-Z is water-resistant to 100 ATM. MSRP – GBP £2,750.00
Stories for Years to Come
Perhaps he was an overly-sentimental man, but M. Bremont believed a much-worn, much-loved wristwatch is invariably party to more experiences than any other precious object we own.
The brothers took this on board, and were determined to make a watch which 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: 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, meaning it is nine times as durable as an average steel watch case. The anti-reflective, convex sapphire crystal is equally hard and, during the arduous chronometer certification process carried out by COSC, each Bremont watch returned an accuracy level of 99.998%.
The ALT1-Z uses the automatic BE-54AE movement (base ETA) and is a a UTC (universal time co-ordinated) self-winding wristwatch with dual time-zone display, a three-subdial chronograph, luminous markings and an internal, rotating bezel. Like all watches in the range, the ALT1-Z is water-resistant to 100 ATM. It sells for £2,750.
The Bremont Family
The initial Bremont watch family comprises three chronograph models: The ALT1-C, ALT1-Z and the ALT1-P. For a classic ‘three-hander’, Bremont will offer the BS-S1 and BS-F1. As would be expected, each should be regarded as a professional quality timepiece which is sufficiently accurate and durable enough to be used for activities ranging from flying to yachting to mountaineering. In addition to laboratory testing, each model has been tried and quantified ‘in the field’ by professional adventurers, including the actors Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, mountaineer Bear Grylls, round-the-world yachtsman Mike Golding, Everest climber Jake Meyer and, of course, aviators Nick and Giles English and their fellow professionals, including pilots of the elite US Navy Test Pilot School. (Source)
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