It’s Friday the 8th of June!! AKA World Oceans Day – an annual observation to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. So from all of us here at Hours and Minutes Australia, we urge you to do something that’s ocean friendly. Even if it’s as small as using less plastic. Remember it’s the little things that accumulate over time to make a big difference. It can be your way of saying “Thank You Ocean”.
In the watch world, the award-winning British luxury watch brand, Bremont is already making waves with the launch of its new ‘Waterman’ timepiece; a highly technical 300 piece limited edition, dive watch (an extension of the brands’ Supermarine Range) that follows an impressive line of marine predecessors which have built a reputation for durability and precision within the range. Celebrating life under water, the new Waterman is Bremont’s contribution towards protecting our oceans’ legacy and increasing awareness of the issues that our oceans are facing all over the globe.
With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently littering our oceans Bremont and world renowned free-diver, adventurer, big-wave surfer and ocean environmentalist, Mark Healey were keen to support a charity close to home for Mark. Hailing from Oahu’s North Shore, and with the largest ocean garbage patch being located between Hawaii and California, a percentage of proceeds from all Bremont Waterman sales will go towards ‘Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’, a local non-profit organisation which inspires local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups as well as coordinating educational programmes, team building corporate clean-ups, ocean plastic recycling, waste diversion services and public awareness campaigns.
Tested to the extremes by Healey himself, the Waterman is a serious contender. It uses the core S500 watch architecture chosen by multiple explorers all over the world. A design reflecting military influence, the 43mm satin and polished stainless steel case is set with a scratch resistant sapphire uni-directional bezel. The protective patented anti-shock movement mount, automatic helium escape valve and crown protector makes the watch extremely durable. You get a glimpse of the movement through the caseback. With a domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal top glass as well, this piece is water resistant to 50 ATM or 500 meters.
On the smooth metal dial is a date window at 3 o’clock, Super-LumiNova® coated hands and deep blue applied indexes. Under the hood is a C.O.S.C Certified, modified calibre 11 1⁄4’’’ BE-93-2AE automatic chronometer that powers the GMT Hand and offers a 42 hour power reserve. The 22mm Blue Temple Island Rubber strap and additional 22mm Blue Kevlar with Red Stitch Strap accentuates the marine theme that the brand exudes with the Supermarine range.
Nick English, Co-Founder of Bremont adds, “We have a reputation for making incredibly tough and functional dive watches which are all tested intensively by the military and explorers alike, the Bremont Waterman is no exception. Not only is this new timepiece truly over-engineered which I love, but it has also been a real joy working with Mark. There is no one who respects the strength, beauty and fragility of the oceans more than him, he really is a waterman in every sense of the word. We are honoured to be working with an adventurer who is so driven by perfection, the ocean environment and who is totally uncompromising when it comes to his equipment. Mark has been testing the Bremont Waterman down to depths of 50m, whilst holding his breath for minutes at a time, and equally whilst riding the likes of Jaws, one of the biggest waves in the world.”
While Healey encountered his share of close calls, from shark attacks to blackouts, he thrives on the elements of danger inherent in his work. “Anytime you step into the ocean, you’re in an environment that’s completely uncontrolled by humans,” he says. “Everyone needs to connect with that sort of wilderness in some way, especially in a time when there’s so much noise and distraction in our daily lives.” To that end, one of Healey’s main ambitions is to use film, photography, and hands-on education to deepen the broader culture’s relationship with the ocean. “I absolutely believe that people will only protect something if they value it, and it’s my life’s mission to inspire others to value the ocean the way I do,” says Healey, who once aspired to be a marine biologist and absorbed himself in malacology (the study of mollusk shells) as a preteen.
Healey continues; “I really identify with Bremont’s commitment to design, function and durability. This piece is just as at home four atmospheres under the sea as it is at a black-tie affair. A well-made timepiece is the only thing that stays with you on your greatest adventures as well as through civilized life. To me it’s a reminder of who you are and where you’ve been; a constant and reliable item in a dynamic life.”
August 2018 onwards