Over the course of its existence, Options New York has develop into a launch pad for watch manufacturers to introduce new watches to the American market, and the lately concluded 2021 version of the occasion was no completely different. Amongst its highlights was the primary U.S. look of the Bremont Longitude, a limited-edition trio of watches from the British watchmaker paying tribute to the storied historical past of worldwide timekeeping in Britain, and likewise, considerably, the primary Bremont watches to be produced at its new, 35,000 square-foot manufacture outdoors London — together with its motion, the brand new Caliber ENG376.
The launch of the brand new design comes on the heels of lots different notable releases from Bremont this 12 months, together with the all-purpose Supermarine Chrono and Supermarine S302 GMT Diver watches, the light-weight MB Savanna, and the newest watch to emerge from Bremont’s England Rugby partnership, the RFU 150 GMT Diver.
The Longitude, like a number of different of the British watchmaker’s fashions, was produced in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich, the trendy recorder of the historic Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, from which GMT time, and later world time zones, had been first conceptualized and applied. Recalling the watershed timekeeping work of the observatory — a lot of which was primarily based on world areas largely derived from longitudinal positions — Bremont not solely named its watch the Longitude, but additionally added varied motifs to it that evoke Britain’s traditionally important horological contributions.
The three fashions are cased in metal, rose gold or white gold, and have quite a lot of differing accent and dials colours. In silhouette, the circumstances resemble different variations of Bremont’s more and more recognizable model, full with massive rounded lugs and a stepped-style, multi-piece case building dubbed Journey-Tick. The case wears comfortably however barely massive on the wrist at 40 mm by 49 mm in dimension, with a thickness of 12.5 mm. It encompasses a screw-down onion crown that recollects these seen on classic pocketwatches. Nevertheless, regardless of sharing this component, the gold variations of the Longitude are solely able to a 50-meter water resistance whereas the metal fashions provide a considerably hardier 100-meter water resistance.
Scanning the dial beneath the sapphire crystal, we come to the primary specific motif on the Longitude, particularly a raised central globe debossed with the watch’s namesake longitude strains. A meridian line in purple runs from the 12 to six o’clock positions, including a contact of coloration and assembly up with a color-matched ball-shaped energy reserve indicator that turns from white to purple when totally charged. The indicator is one other nod to timekeeping historical past, recalling the purple ball hoisted atop the Royal Observatory of Greenwich at 1:00 pm every day to assist set Customary Time throughout the area and world since 1833.
Other than its varied symbolic parts, the dial is lots interesting by itself, with a contrasting outer minute ring, utilized and lume-filled markers at most positions, damaged up solely at 3 o’clock by an enormous date show after which once more, in parallel, at 9 o’clock with an indented subdial for the working seconds. A pair of vintage-influenced, nickel-plated fingers sweep over the face to show the hours and minutes.
For a watch already steeped in intrigue by its aesthetic inspiration, its most vital side lies inside: the brand new Bremont Caliber ENG376, the primary variation of the caliber ENG300 (under) introduced in mid-October 2021 and hailed as Bremont’s first motion assembled and largely manufactured at its The Wing, its manufacturing facility in Henley-on-Thames, U.Okay. Whereas developed with Swiss know-how derived from an unique partnership with mechanical professional THE+, Bremont has taken the unique base caliber K1 and upgraded it, re-engineering 80 % of it, and likewise creating the home manufacturing capabilities to supply the motion inside the new facility.
The automated ENG376 encompasses a silicon escapement, a customized steadiness bridge, and a tungsten rotor recalling the commercial model at Bremont’s new manufacture, and like the bottom ENG300 options a formidable 65-hour energy reserve and chronometer accuracy. Setting the ENG376 other than the usual 300 is its use of authentic brass from the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line on the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London, which kinds a hoop alongside the caseback and is engraved with the serial and version variety of the timepiece. This delicate component serves as the ultimate motif recalling historic British horological status.
The Bremont Longitude will likely be accessible for buy globally in early December, with the metal version restricted to 150 items and priced at $16,995, and the rose-gold and white-gold variations, restricted to 75 items, marked at $23,995 and $24,995, respectively. A portion of every sale will profit Royal Museums Greenwich, Bremont’s associate for the limited-edition, commemorative launch.
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