A couple of intriguing tweets today announced there would be the presentation of a new watch this evening by the British watch brand Bremont. Somewhat irritatingly no time was given so I had to keep checking to see if anything had been posted every half hour or so.
My checking was rewarded at about 8:00.
Here it is the Bremont DH-88.
The Bremont 2016 Limited Edition celebrates the de Havilland DH-88 Comet, Grosvenor House, the aircraft that captured the world’s imagination with a phenomenal record-breaking flight in 1934 to win the incredible air-race from England to Australia.
The 282 stainless steel and 82 rose gold watches will be produced to commemorate the historical aircraft and to raise funds for the Shuttleworth Collection. The watches feature the BE-54AE chronometer rated chronograph movement with GMT functionality.
No prices announced yet.
For me more details http://www.bremont.com/collection/dh-88/dh-88-ss
The Robin watch from Robert Loomes has been available for sometime now. The watch uses a re-worked Smiths movement.
Despite the classical look with roman numerals there is always someone that is looking for something different. In response to requests from clients Robert Loomes have announced a version with normal “arabic” numbers.
A posting on Instagram today reminded me of news that has been trickling out about an in house movement from the British watch makers Struthers. The husband and wife team of Craig and Rebecca Struthers have years of experience of vintage and antique watch restoration are now taking the next step and developing their own movement inspired by 1930’s engineering.
The picture (below) that appeared ion Instagram is of a back plate in German silver. The movement should be ready by the end of this year and in a watch in two yearThe picture (below) that appeared ion Instagram is of a back plate in German silver. The movement should be ready by the end of this year and in a watch in two years.
British watchmaker Roger Smith tweeted a link to this interview to Salon QP explaining his range of watches. Great to hear him speak. I did actual find a second of his time to say hello at Salon QP but as you might imagine he was surrounded by people asking questions.
As mention in my post on this subject last month this is the ideal excuse to write about motorcycles on a watch blog. The British watch brand Pinion have finally released details of their custom bike, and pretty cool it looks to.
Starting with a Yellow Yamaha XSR700 this is the list of parts used to transform the look:
– High-mounted exhaust (Akrapovic / Yamaha)
– Mesh covers for the side panels (Yamaha)
– Billet frame tube ends (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
– Font and back axel covers (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
– Black radiator cover (Yamaha)
– Black radiator side panels (Yamaha)
– Billet passenger footrest covers (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
– Aluminium Chain guard (Yamaha)
– Brake oil side panels ( Baracuda Moto)
– LSL T6 ‘fat’ handlebars (Lower than the OEM ones)
– Domino grips (imported from the states)
– Rizoma mirrors (not pictured)
– Yellowed headlamp (tinted yellow spray)
– Single saddle (Yamaha – then re-made).
I think everyone would agree Piers has come up with an individual looking bike whilst maintaining “rideability” which is a factor often ignored by custom builders.
For the whole story behind the bike and more excellent photos visit
David Brailsford, the founder of Garrick watches tweeted he was in London on Friday afternoon and some free time if anybody wanted to meet and see some watches. I thought “why not ask?” the worst that can happen is he says “no”, luckily he said he had a free slot. I had the chance to meet another “pillar” of the British watch business.
Garrick launched at the Salon QP two years ago with their first watch, The Shaftbury, based on the venerable Unitas hand wound movement. Significantly worked on in Garrick’s Norfolk workshop.
Early last year The Shaftesbury was followed by the Hoxton, a pared down hours and minutes only version of the first watch. This autumn saw the announcement of the maritime inspired, Norfolk watch, as you can see from the photo below, I had the opportunity to try on.
The Norfolk is not a watch for wearers wanting to make a statement; it’s a watch for those of a more reserved nature, those who appreciate tone-down purity, who just want the essentials.
The watch that David was most keen on to discuss was the most recent addition to the Garrick range, the limited edition ( 15 pieces) Regulator, again seen on my wrist below. On sale for £6995, which for the amount of work that has gone into it would seem a bit of a bargain.
This watch features a calibre sm001 manual wind movement (modified Unitas with exclusive gear train with an in-house free sprung balance – tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +3 seconds which is significantly more accurate than required by C.O.S.C. . David tried to explain to me ( a layman) the complicated work needed for the three dials.
Personally, I find the regular dial a little less clear than the usual watch face. David assured me it just takes getting used to. There is though, no doubt, that this watch will get attention. It is probably a shame only fifteen will be made.
The Shaftesbury and Hoxton will soon disappear from the range leaving the Norfolk , the limited edition Regulator and the soon too be announced Plymouth featuring an in-house movement. For this movement Garrick has been working closely with specialist movement designer Andreas Strehler and his highly regarded company UhrTeilAG on the creation of a new exclusive movement. Some of the movement components will be produced by UhrTeilAG exclusively for Garrick, whilst other components will be made in-house by Garrick’s own watchmakers in its Norfolk-based workshops.
The finishing, subsequent assembly and regulation of the new movement will take place in Norfolk.
From the outset, it has always been a stated aim of Garrick to be frank about the provenance of its movements and this continues to be the case. We have drawn upon the best of independent Swiss know-how where this has conferred an advantage to their customers but remained true to their original idea of adding as much value to our products in Great Britain, a nation they patriotically promote. David, like so many people I have met in the British watch business, is someone clearly very proud of what he is doing and with great dreams for the future of the Garrick brand.