27 October 2022
Bremont has introduced its own manufactured movement series into a new generation of core collection 40-millimetre timepieces, proudly made in Britain. Following its successful introduction into the Limited Edition Longitude in 2021, the ENG300 is rolling out into three new core models, namely the Supernova, Audley and Fury.
Across the three collections, Bremont is releasing seven different styles, reflecting a new generation of manufacturing and engineering at Bremont.
The ENG300 series has been designed and built to Bremont’s unique specifications.
To bring this proprietary movement series to fruition, a new manufacturing line for machining base components and T0 assembly was realised at the company’s high-tech facility, known as The Wing, which required significant investment into new machinery, staff, and training.
The ENG300 signals the first time in 50 years that mechanical movements have been built at scale on British shores.
All Bremont watches powered by an ENG300 movement are rigorously tested using Bremont’s H1 Timing Standard, directly comparable to the ISO3159:2009 Chronometer test.
Additionally, Bremont is testing the ENG300 series complete with the rotor and complications, in the same facility where the watches are built. Testing the movement with all the complications fitted and operational reduces any potential for variance in performance associated with testing incomplete movements.
Testing without date discs and the auto wind mechanism is common practice, however, excluding these vital sub-systems was never an option for Bremont. To ensure extreme durability, while not a standard part of the H1 Test, Bremont has housed the ENG300 in a concept watch case and put it through its paces on live ejection launches with brand partner and leading ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker.
The Bremont H1 Timing Standard not only nods to Bremont’s home in Henley-on-Thames but is also named in homage to Harrison’s first H1 marine timekeeper that famously sought to solve the problem of measuring longitude out at sea.
Historically, one of the most prominent observatories for watch testing was the Kew Observatory in England and reinvigorating a British chronometer test is something Bremont has long since been building up to.
All ENG300 timepieces come with an extended warranty of five years upon registration.
Bremont Co-Founder Giles English comments, “This is the most significant launch for us as a business because we have finally been able to scale up our production to be able to introduce the ENG300 movements in core watch collections and invested in our own chronometer testing, it represents a massive step forward for us as a business.”
The development of the complex Supernova case has been nothing short of a pursuit of perfection.
Three years in the making, the Supernova is Bremont’s first integrated bracelet design crafted by Bremont’s in-house engineers and manufactured to within extremely tight tolerances.
A masterpiece in design and engineering, perfecting the case design has been an incredible journey.
Bremont Co-Founder Nick English says, “Not only have we had the challenges with scaling up the movement production here in the UK, but we have had to further invest in our case finishing to be able to build the new Supernova, whose final finishing transcends the norm of luxury watchmaking.
“There are very few watch companies able to build high-quality watch cases in-house, and it is clear to us why this is so often the situation.”
The stainless steel 40-millimetre Supernova is a contemporary timepiece fashioned in a new Trip-Tick® case, which has evolved Bremont’s classic three-piece case construction somewhat through nine key design revisions to achieve a crisp, exquisitely finished aesthetic with beautiful curves and angles.
To create the complex, polished geometry, particularly the curvature of the lug case and varied surface finishes with its intentional facets, Bremont has had to invest heavily in a whole range of tooling and software development to advance new machining techniques and enhance the knowledge base of the brand’s already highly skilled engineering and manufacturing team.
The resulting ergonomic design is sublime to the touch and beautifully plays with light through the contrasting brushed and polished effects found across the case construction and dial.
Twelve stages of both hand and machine finishing, grinding, and polishing ensure the satin grain and polished facets are flawless across each case layer.
The facets that feature under the lugs are an additional signature Bremont detail along with the concentric decoration lines that run around the central barrel and taper elegantly towards the fluted, screw-down crown which is decorated with a polished enamelled Bremont propeller.
The bracelet itself is an original, tapered design with a t-link construction unique to Bremont, offering a more serviceable bracelet due to the use of fewer parts and fine screws on every link.
Beautifully finished in contrasting brushed surfaces and polished facets, the structure is ergonomically tailored to the wrist, once again demonstrating the exacting precision and tolerances with which the Supernova has been engineered.
The solid, angular stainless-steel links are highly durable and flow elegantly from case to the branded butterfly deployment clasp featuring the Bremont propeller icon.
The Supernova Collection is comprised of three different dial colour variations: Midnight Blue, Pitch Black and Albus White. The layered dial features a classic Bremont raised centre section and a sunken big date function, framed by a perimeter of concentric decoration lines and a dial ring with minutes track and markers at 5-minute intervals filled with Super-LumiNova® for optimum legibility.
The 65-hour power reserve design nods to Nick and Giles’ passion for all things mechanical.
While the Supernova Midnight features applied baton markers, the Supernova Pitch and Albus designs showcase applied Arabic numerals, all filled with blue emission Super-LumiNova®.
Turning the watch over reveals an exhibition case back where the ENG375 calibre and decorated rotor can be viewed, protected by a rubber anti-shock movement mount.
All aspects of the Supernova project have pushed the development, knowledge, and expertise of Bremont’s in-house engineering and manufacturing team further than ever before, marking an exciting milestone for the business, and indeed the industry, as it welcomes the H1 generation of watches.
Aviation has been at the heart of the Bremont brand since its inception with both brand founders having grown up in and around aviation as well as being pilots themselves. In line with this, the Fury has been designed as a classic three-hand pilot’s watch.
The name is a nod to some of the world’s most renowned aircraft from the 1930s Hawker Fury to the 1940s WW2 Hawker Sea Fury, tying beautifully to the brand’s aviation heritage and aviation-inspired collections.
The 40-millimetre chronometer is imbued with Bremont’s signature design codes and houses the high-performance Bremont-manufactured ENG365 calibre movement with date and 65-hour power reserve functions.
The Henley-made polished stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® case construction with scratch-resistant PVD treated case barrel is offered in two iterations of either a traditional black or rich Bremont blue dial with complementary calf leather stitched strap. The textured dial design is offset by its sunray power reserve sub-dial teamed with Arabic numerals for a stylish finish on a classic design that took over two years in development alone.
With legibility being of paramount importance for any pilot, the clear dial is enhanced by Super-LumiNova® applied key indexes, vintage markers, and dagger hands. The Fury is a contemporary take on a classic pilot’s watch bringing together its traditional design principles and inspiration but adding a new twist to Bremont’s line-up of pilot’s watches.
The Fury celebrates Nick and Giles’ passion for planes, flying and aeronautical engineering.
The understated and effortlessly stylish Audley offers a classic dress watch with contemporary design cues forming an important part of Bremont’s Mayfair Collection.
The beauty of the Audley is in the simplicity of its design making it one of the most elegant watches within the Bremont offering. Available in 18ct rose gold or polished stainless steel, the 40mm case design is the epitome of sophistication.
The purity of the design is evident at first glance through its superbly polished case, fluted and faceted indexes, tapered hands, recessed date function and power reserve sub-dial at the 6-hour position.
The effect of the silver sunray dial almost glimmers and is further punctuated by a blued seconds hand and matching power reserve hand. The new Bremont ENG365 movement once again boasts a 65-hour power reserve and can be seen through the open case back of the Audley.
As with each of the H1 Generation, the Audley has been tested to Bremont’s exacting H1 Timing Standard.
Crocodile-embossed leather straps complement the overall aesthetic suited to more formal occasions with a chocolate strap paired with both the 18ct rose gold and the polished steel editions.
When Nick and Giles English founded Bremont in 2002 they embarked on a journey to realise a dream of bringing watchmaking back to British shores.
Against the odds, that dream has become reality and Bremont now finds itself within the top handful of chronometer manufacturers in the world.
Bremont’s mission to reignite this once booming British industry is happening, heralding a new era for volume British watchmaking.