Bremont is running an exhibition in London this week to launch its 2017 watch collections, but WatchPro was given an exclusive early look at some of the pieces, including a brand new range called AIRCO.
Bremont is 15 years old in 2017, and intends to use the anniversary to revisit some of its earliest and greatest hits, particularly in the aviation watch world in which it was founded.
The first AIRCO pieces to take flight from the Henley-on-Thames manufacture are 40mm three-hand pilot watches.
They launch a year ahead of April 2018, when the Royal Air Force will kick-off celebrations of its centenary year. “The two new AIRCO watches are very simple, very classic pilot’s watches that really wouldn’t have looked out of place in the cockpit of a Spitfire or Hurricane during a Battle of Britain dogfight,” says Bremont co-Founder, Giles English. “It’s a design that takes Bremont right back to the roots of British pilot watch production and, with the RAF’s centenary just around the corner, now seemed the appropriate time to create it.”
The AIRCO models have been named after the Aircraft Manufacturing Company Limited, one of the first British military aircraft manufacturers. The watches are constructed using Bremont’s technical three piece trip-tick cases which are produced at the company’s facilities in the UK, housing the smaller chronometer rated BE-92AE movement.
There will be two models, the AIRCO Mach 1 and the AIRCO Mach 2. The Mach 1 boasts a stain finished case, a military inspired back dial offset with a sweeping orange second hand, and comes on a vintage brown calf leather strap. The Mach 2, is described as more of an officer’s dress watch, featuring a 40mm polished case with an anthracite-coloured dial. It ships with a black calf leather strap.