Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph

//Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph

Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph

Bremont hero.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1  Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph bremont hero

At an event tonight in England, Bremont Watch Company released the latest in its annual tradition of limited editions, the 1918, a watch that pays tribute to the centenary of Britain’s Royal Air Force. Anyone who knows Bremont knows that its founders, brothers Nick and Giles English, are keen pilots and most of their watches hew close to aviation themes. Past limited editions have paid tribute to famous planes, like the P-51, the EP120 Spitfire, and last year’s DH-88, all of which incorporated actual artifacts from the planes. The 1918 Limited Edition is no exception. Let’s take a closer look at this new complicated chronograph.

bremont 1918 limited edition  Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph bremont 02

The 1918 Limited Edition adopts the “busier” dial traits of midcentury chronographs.

At first glance, the 1918 looks like a marked departure from Bremont’s typical styling, which has favored expansive, legible dials. Besides the company logo, with its stylized propeller, the rest draws closer similiarities to the busier markings of the 1940s and ’50s chronographs of other brands. The rehaut has a telemeter scale, a more fitting tool on a military-themed watch than the tachymeters of motorsports watches.

The dial itself is multi-level, with sunken sub-dials for running seconds and the 30-minute counter, and a lower outer ring of Arabic hour numerals, applied luminescent pips, and a railroad minute track. The hands are syringe style, not unlike the shape of those from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Control series from earlier this year.

bremont 1918 limited edition dial detail  Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph bremont 04

The AM/PM indicator incorporates images of iconic airplanes in the day and night skies.

The most striking component, and a first for Bremont, is the AM/PM indicator at the bottom of the dial. Despite its appearance, this is not a moonphase complication, but rather is meant to be used in concert with the red-tipped GMT hand for tracking a second time zone. Since this GMT hand travels the dial once in 12 hours, not 24, the AM/PM indicator gives a quick clue as to whether the second time zone you’re tracking is in day or night hours.

Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph Bremont 1918RAF2910

The 1918 still features Bremont’s signature “Trip-Tick” case design that is water resistant to 100 meters.

In a clever nod to the RAF theme of the watch, the AM/PM disc shows two iconic British warplanes flying during the day (a Supermarine Spitfire) and at night (an Avro Lancaster). It’s a clever, subtle incorporation of the planes that, at a glance merely looks like a standard moonphase.

Externally, the 1918 Limited Edition retains Bremont’s signature Trip-Tick three-part case, 43 millimeters across and 17.2 millimeters tall. The watch is rated for a healthy 100 meters of water resistance, but you might want to swap out the alligator strap if you plan to take it that deep.

Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronograph Bremont 1918RAF2982

The white gold model is the most colorful of the bunch, with its two-tone blue dial.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Bremont limited edition without some physical pieces of history and the 1918 uses recovered materials from no less than four historically important Royal Air Force planes. Flip the watch over and the sapphire caseback gives view to what Bremont calls its calibre BE-16AE, a modified and decorated take on an ETA (Valjoux) 7750 variant, that Bremont adjusts to achieve chronometer certification.

Aside from perlage on the bridges, and blued screws, the rotor is the impressive part here. Designed in the shape of an airplane propeller, the three blades are made with metal from a Bristol Blenheim, a Hawker Hurricane, and a Supermarine Spitfire, all of which flew during World War II. The wood inlay at the center of the rotor was derived from an RAF biplane from World War I, the S.E.5a. All of these components were salvaged during restoration of these planes and, remarkably, all four of the planes are still flying today.

<p>The stainless steel 1918 is limited to 275 piece, with a price of $11,495.</p>
<p>” srcset=”https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700353-6yxr2hglik2-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s2.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&s=506b4fb467900530342ffe7fe76fd581 1x, https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700353-6yxr2hglik2-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s2.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&dpr=2&s=ff3aecab12dd9ad1b25234fdc4773e1e 2x” src=”https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700353-6yxr2hglik2-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s2.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&s=506b4fb467900530342ffe7fe76fd581″ /><br /><figcaption>
<p>The stainless steel 1918 is limited to 275 piece, with a price of $11,495.</p>
</figcaption> </figure>
<p> </p>
<figure> <img alt=  Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition ChronographThe white gold 1918 is limited to 75 pieces, with a price of $22,995.

” srcset=”https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700360-uonbuaiw9de-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s3.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&s=10c65eea8ff236caf80950b9a3ce0d05 1x, https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700360-uonbuaiw9de-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s3.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&dpr=2&s=5a419a6764028800f7486c3cb961f997 2x” src=”https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700360-uonbuaiw9de-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s3.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&s=10c65eea8ff236caf80950b9a3ce0d05″ />

The white gold 1918 is limited to 75 pieces, with a price of $22,995.

<p>The rose gold 1918 is limited to 75 pieces, with a price of $21,495.</p>
<p>” srcset=”https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700324-ne1t873bhre-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s1.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&s=83be27af0f9ffe4fa800c229fcd47b6d 1x, https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700324-ne1t873bhre-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s1.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&dpr=2&s=5978284cf7e268c0f65c3ad12ac7794b 2x” src=”https://hodinkee.imgix.net/uploads/images/1507124700324-ne1t873bhre-3a2747ee3eb5a3c7750a62a1165781ce/bremont_s1.jpg?ixlib=rails-1.1.0&auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR%2CSave-Data&fit=crop&fm=jpg&q=55&usm=12&w=2000&s=83be27af0f9ffe4fa800c229fcd47b6d” /><br /><figcaption>
<p>The rose gold 1918 is limited to 75 pieces, with a price of $21,495.</p>
</figcaption> </figure>
<p>There are three versions of the Bremont 1918 Limited Edition. There will be 75 pieces made in white gold with a two-tone blue and white dial ($22,995), and another 75 in rose gold with black dial ($21,495). The stainless steel version has a white dial and blue hands, and 275 pieces will be made ($11,495). Some proceeds of these watch sales will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association, an organization that provides support to current and past RAF members and their families.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>For more, visit <a href=  Introducing: The Bremont 1918 Limited Edition Chronographbremont.com/1918.
By | 2017-10-04T22:39:48+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author: