English watch brand Bremont has fallen victim to thieves at BaselWorld, with 14 timepieces stolen during a launch party for the brand’s new Victory watch, a limited edition timepiece made using parts of HMS Victory.
The 14 timepieces were stolen on March 8 during an evening event held at Bremont’s suite in the Swissotel Le Plaza opposite Hall 1 at Basel Messe. The items are said to have been on show near the entrance and exit to Bremont’s suite.
Though the watches are not thought to be new BaselWorld launches some are said to have been watches owned and worn by Bremont founders Giles and Nick English.
A post on Bremont fan forum Alt1tude said: “During the cocktail party launch of the Victory watch a number of Bremont watches were stolen. Whilst these were not any of the new collection it did include some older pieces and a couple of personal watches owned by the guys.
"Bremont are doing everything possible to phone, email and tweet to see if the culprits can be caught, so if you see any come up for sale minus boxes do let Bremont know so they can check it out.”
Bremont tweeted a security alert to their main followers on Twitter on March 9 stating that a number of watches had been stolen, encouraging followers to get in touch if they witnessed the incident.
The stolen items have been listed as follows:
ALTI-C BLACK – serial number 1637
ALTI-C SILVER – Blank case, prototype
ALTI-C ANTHRACITE – serial number 331
ALTI-P BLUE – serial number 078
ALTI-Z DARK GREY – serial number 2007
ALTI-Z LIGHT GREY – serial number 185
Supermarine Black – Blank case, prototype
Supermarine Silver – serial number 095
Supermarine Blue – serial number 0233
MBII Orange – serial number SK04
MBII Green – serial number SK07
Solo Cream – serial number 0000
U-2 Stainless steel – Blank case, prototype
U-2 DLC – serial number 112