Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting with Nick English and Michael Pearson from Bremont here in Chicago. After a strong wave of negative reactions from watch collectors regarding the Bremont calibre BWC/01 —the calibre that powers the just launched Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition and that was called an in-house movement on the press release we all watch publications received—, Nick English —co-founder of Bremont— spent some time explaining that while this movement is not an in-house movement it really feels in-house to them. Terminology and semantics aside, the newly launched Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition is a very nice watch. After doing our hands-on review of the watch yesterday, we bring you all these live pictures to show you why this watch —only 300 pieces in stainless steel available priced at $26,950 USD— could be worth the money.
Fitted with a beautifully finished 43 mm stainless steel tripartite case with a combination of highly polished areas, satin brushed finishing and a copper middle inlay on the case band, the new Bremont Wright Flyer stays true to the Bremont DNA and presents a timeless design inspired by the early pilot watches from the early 1900s.
This timepiece with its onion shaped crown, its black matte dial with ecru luminova Arabic numerals and red accents next to the chapter ring, subsidiary seconds at 9 o'clock, display case back and black alligator hand-sewn strap with pin buckle, make it a watch easy to wear and easy to coordinate with all types of outfits.
Now, opposed to what most watch aficionados say, we really think that the best part of this watch, lies on its back. While the new Bremont Calibre BWC/01 is not an in-house movement, how many watch companies have fitted their oscillating weights with a piece of history like this one?
Well, the Bremont Wright Flyer features a piece of muslin that comes straight from the first aircraft piloted by Orville and Wilbur Wright that marked the birth of aviation and powered flights on December 17, 1903. This automatic calibre, while it is not an in-house movement, it features 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, a hairspring adjusted via a micro-metric screw and it provides a power reserve of 50 hours. The calibre is beautifully finished and the rotor with its propeller shape on the top —including Wilbur and Orville's initials— and its Wright Flyer aircraft muslin on its rotor, is a real treat to the eyes. In our opinion, a true collector's piece and a piece of history on the wrist.
On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size and very comfortably. For those of you that decide to get this timepiece be prepared to wow others with a piece of history on the wrist. While we feel that controversy is good, we think media sensationalism is just despicable and that's why we like to call a spade a spade. After reviewing this watch, we can say that the watch is very nice but the price tag is quite steep. Here more than anything, you are paying for a very small piece of history. Now, if that piece of muslin wasn't part of the watch, this would be a very different story. Kudos to Bremont on this beautiful timepiece.
Sticker Price $26,950 USD for Stainless Steel. For more info on Bremont click here.