Bremont News

Bremont were really unlucky last week, they announced three new watches just as Boris Johnson announced the shutdown of the country. The thee being, The “Project Possible” limited edition, the ALT1-C Griffon and the ALT1-P2 Jet.

This doubly a shame because there are two of the watches that I quite like. Given all of us will have a little moretime in the foreseeable future I think I will post what information about these watches separately.

I will start with my favourite of the three, the limited edition “Poject Possible”.

This limited edition watch is based around the standard Supermarine S500, with a titanium case ( although the spec says steel ?) and a bronze bezel. I am very interested to see this first use of bronze by Bremont, it is not the case but at least it is a start – as you might have noticed it is a material I am pretty fond of.

Now if you are wondering were the name comes from, this watch has been launched to celebrate Nirmal “Nims” Purja’s completion of the Bremont Project Possible which saw him reaching the summits of the earth’s 14 tallest mountains in less than 7 months.

Slightly disappointingly Nirmal wore a regular white dialled S300 whilst completing the project.

Specifications

Case Size: 43mm

Case Material: Stainless steel with DLC treated case barrel

Bezel: Unidirectional, bronze Cusn8

Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Case Back – Display

Crown: Screw-in

Water Resistance: 500 metres

Movement: BE-93-2AE automatic winding

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT, date

Power Reserve: 42 hours

Jewels: 21

Frequency: 28,800vph

Dial: Blue metal with Superluminova hands

Strap: Khaki green leather

RRP: £4,995

Limited Edition: 300 pieces

As we have come to expect from Bremont there is a very comprehensive explanation of the project and the watch onBremont’s website

https://www.bremont.com/collections/bremont-project-possible

Roger Smith Lecture

Last November I was fortunate enugh to attend the 2019 George Daniels lecture, given by Roger Smith at London’s City University. A lecture featuring these two names is clearly a must for anyone with an interest in British watchmaking.

You might think I have been a little slow in posting this entry, which I probably am. The reason was I was looking for suitable material to post. I did not think anyone would be intested in reading my memories of what Roger presented. After intermittent searches I have come across this video, of the whole lecture. All you miss was the glass of wine afterwards.

The key point coming out of this lecture is that in Roger’s opinion reliability and hence longer term accuracy is better acheived using lower frequency movements as this minimises wear. His presentation makes this conclusion seem very logical, but does seem to be at odds with the companies marketing high frequency movements as being the way forward.

From my position of minimal technical knowledge Roger’s position does appear to to make sense. My only real doubt about what he had to say was about his apparant dis-interest in using modern materials to reduce friction and hence wear in watch movements. I am sure he has good reasons for his views which are beyond me.

Having attended one of these lectures I really hope there are more in the future I can get to. They do really help casual enthusiast like myself understand what is going on “under the hood”.