Quintessentially British Watches
The story of Bremont started in 1995 following a tragic plane crash that Nick had with his father, Euan English. Whilst training for an air-show in the UK their WWII Harvard aircraft was involved in a horrendous accident. Their father Euan died and Nick broke over 30 bones. This accident was a tipping-point in the brothers’ lives and provided the impetus to set up a watch atelier.
The following year after the plane crash, Nick and Giles were back in the air, flying across France in a 60-year-old plane. Bad weather forced them to make an emergency landing in a pea field in the Champagne region. As fate would have it, the field was owned by an old farmer, who not only reminded the brothers of their own father, but was also a former WWII pilot and just as passionate about aircraft as Nick and Giles. His farmhouse, where the brothers stayed for a couple of nights, also housed a wonderful selection of restored wall clocks and he wore a particularly special wristwatch, the one given to him by his father. His name, Antoine Bremont, was chosen to grace this range of British watches with his passions in life mirroring closely those of the brothers and their late father. The brothers were determined to make a watch that would last more than a lifetime. To that end, it had to be made from the best available materials using the most tried and tested techniques. Indeed, this led to the company’s maxim “Tested Beyond Endurance”; all Bremont timepieces would be tested above and beyond the demands placed upon conventional wristwatches.
As a result, the stainless steel case of each Bremont is made to an exceptional hardness of 2000 Vickers which is seven times that of an average stainless steel watch case. The convex sapphire crystal is equally as hard and has nine layers of anti-reflective coating applied to both sides of the glass for increased legibility. During the arduous 15 day chronometer movement certification process carried out by COSC, each Bremont watch must achieve accuracy to within - 4 and + 6 seconds per day. Bremont now finds itself in the top 13 of the world’s chronometer manufacturers.
The high standard of finish and attention to detail seen in everything from the hand-cut and engraved winding rotor in the sapphire crystal case back to the meticulous machining of the three-part Trip-Tick® cases take considerable time and skill to apply. As a result, no more than 1,000 examples of each model are produced annually. An individual record of each watch is kept at the company headquarters for security and servicing purposes, and all Bremont watches are supplied in beautiful hand-crafted leather wallets or rolls, which have been designed with travelling and safe storage in mind.
Building on the brand’s significant in-house watch making knowledge, together with experience from the F1 industry, Bremont has located the facility at Silverstone to capitalize on local transferable skills in the CNC and machining space. This is a long staged investment programme with Bremont investing in state-of-the-art CNC mill-turning, metal cutting and finishing machinery, some of which are the first of their kind in the UK. This investment will enable Bremont to manufacture significant quantities of beautifully engineered and finished watch parts on British shores.
Bremont Watches At Michael Jones Jewellers
You can buy Bremont watches at our Banbury showroom or alternatively, you can browse the collection on our website. If you would like to make an enquiry regarding the Bremont collection, visit our Banbury Showroom where our friendly staff are more than happy to assist you.
For any other enquiries you can visit us in Northampton, where we’re based on Gold Street and in the Grosvenor Centre. To get in touch with us, ring any of our showrooms; for Gold Street it’s 01604 632 548, for Grosvenor Centre it’s 01604 636 633 and for Banbury it’s 01295 263 540. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form and a member of the team will happily get in touch.