Friday, March 30, 2012

A design 'Victory' for Bremont

Ever had the problem of having so many hands all bunched in the centre of the dial that you're just not sure how and where to place all the numbers?

This is how you do it:

Bremont Victory

and this is… well… I'll let you make up your mind.

Longines Master Collection Retrograde

Needless to say- kudos to Bremont - they've managed a clean dial with so many hands...

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer my dress watches to have a clean dial....

So what is the new Bremont Victory? Well it's the culmination of the brand's collaboration with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth) to create a limited edition watch with original parts of HMS Victory built into it.

HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th Century ship worldwide, and the oldest serving warship still to be in commission, with her own Captain, offices and crew. Laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765, she is most famously known as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth and preserved as a museum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.

This rather special watch is limited to just 250 pieces and you can pre-order one now from The Watch Gallery or Jura Watches, with delivery expected in November 2012.

If you're wondering about the 'why' of this partnership, I'll let Giles English's words explain - "Nelson went to my school and as a boy he always fascinated me, I remember clearly the first time I visited HMS Victory. Over the last few years both Nick and myself have been working with the Royal Navy Fleet air arm Heritage and that’s when we heard about the restoration of HMS Victory. With no hesitation we approached the Navy and discussed the possibility of creating a watch using original parts from the ship. Not only did we want to make the watch unique but we also want it to be a horological masterpiece."

Oh, and there will be a launch party on board HMS Victory in July 2012, to which customers with pre-orders will be invited to attend.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A very nice watch, and it is a clean dial.
However how much will you pay for "clean"?
The Bremont is about 3 times the price of the Longines pictured so is not really comparable.
There are lots of "clean dial" watches around if you have 12,00 quid to spare!
It's probably a great buy if you're into Nelson and the Victory but I'm not and the price looms as prohibitive for what it is.
It is also interesting that to reserve it you need to pay the Watch Gallery a deposit of 2,000 pounds but Jura will reserve it for 500 pounds.
I know who would get my order if I was purchasing.
Different business practices are most interesting.