Co-founded by brothers Nick & Giles English in 2002, British Watchmaker, Bremont has made a substantial impact on the watch making industry in a very short period of time – one of their biggest achievements being their official partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2019, a partnership that pays tribute to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Through this, Bremont became the sole luxury watch producer legitimately allowed to use the signs, symbols and Heraldic Badges of all three services; the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
2020 sees the introduction of the Broadsword Bronze timepieces, adding to the original line up in Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection. The case and bezel here are cast with CuSn8 bronze, a solid solution strengthened copper alloy with 8% tin that will evolve over time to create a unique patina, giving the watches a vintage look. No two watches will ever look the same. The use of bronze nods to the material’s importance in naval engineering due to its high corrosion resistance to salt water. Tin on the other hand adds to strength, wear and resistance to corrosion. In order to create a more even finish across the board, the entire case has been satin-brushed. In its 40mm sized form, the Broadsword Bronze timepieces cater to most wrists, making it more desirable for newcomers to the horological world. The Bremont Broadsword was originally designed as a contemporary take on the three handed ‘Dirty Dozen’ watch design, a series of timepieces commissioned for the British Army during World War Two when Britain’s Ministry of Defence needed watches to issue to military personnel.
The collection comprises three timepieces, available in three different coloured dial and strap variations – Slate, sotek (military green / teal) and tobacco. The dial hosts bronze satin finished hands with white SuperLumiNova®, a date window at three o’clock, and a sub-seconds hand at six o’clock. The choice of colour for the dial is ingenious, and the final result is a watch that looks harmonious and complete. Multiple layers of luminous paint on both the dial and hands complete the original specification for the British Army. Powered by a chronometer rated BE-95-2AV movement, which beats at 28,800BPH the watch provides the wearer a power reserve of 38 hours.
Nick English, Bremont Co-Founder, commented: “We are still incredibly humbled by the recognition that Bremont was given by the MoD to create the Armed Forces Collection. These watches have been extremely popular and with our close military connections it has been a lovely way of using our expertise to offer a military watch to one and all. After the success we’ve seen using bronze in our Project Possible watch, it felt like a great fit to produce the Broadsword in this material, particularly with its use being so crucial in naval history. Achieving the right balance between a contemporary feel and a nostalgic nod to the classic design of military watches was critical in the design process.”
In the 1940s very strict performance specifications for the original Dirty Dozen were set which included waterproofing, regulation to chronometer specification, luminous markings on the dial and a robust case construction. The Broadsword has not only been designed and engineered to meet these criteria but also to reflect the needs of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces today. As with all Bremont watches, the Broadsword Bronze will be produced at the company’s headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, UK.