Bremont has clarified that the BWC/01, which was promoted as the first movement created in-house by the British brand, was developed in partnership with La Joux-Perret in Switzerland.
The movement has been used for the first time in Bremont’s Wright Flyer pilot’s watch, which launched this week.
Bremont co-founder Nick English released a statement that appeared to be in response to accusations from bloggers on prominent watch forums that say the BWC/01 resembles a La Joux-Perret movement.
“This is Bremont’s first progression into developing a complete in-house movement. The movement did not exist until a lot of time, effort and money went into its design and development – both in the UK and with our long term movement partner, La Joux-Perret, in Switzerland,” said English.
“What is exciting is that parts of this movement are being made in the UK for the first time by Bremont. This is important because it forms part of a much greater push internally towards the time when a work-horse Bremont movement will be made 100% on British shores. This is not quick, but it is a very exciting journey and Bremont is totally committed and passionate about bringing back employment in the watch-making sector to the UK,” he added.
The statement expands on the original launch press release, which said: “It showcases Bremont’s first ever in-house movement, the BWC/01, designed and developed in Britain. Many of its constituent parts have also been crafted at the company’s workshops in Henley-on-Thames.”