British watchmaker commemorates 100 years of military aviation with new timepieces.
Following the launch of the 40mm Airco range last year, Bremont has released three new additions to the line, including the introduction of a Mach 3 model.
Bremont’s esteemed technical three piece ‘trip tick’ cases have been used in the creation of the now extended Airco range. Bremont’s construction of its timepieces takes place at the company’s HQ in the UK, which houses the chronometer-rated BE-92AE movement.
Owing to customer demand for something more compact, the Henley-on-Thames-based watchmaker has seen huge success in producing the 40mm Airco watches, and has become a stand-out performer in its 10,000-piece annual production scale.
With 2018 marking 100 years of British military aviation, Bremont’s design cues for the new pieces hark back to older classic pilot’s watches to extend the Airco range.
Named after the Aircraft Manufacturing Company Limited (Airco) — one of the first British military aircraft manufacturers — the collection signalled the first time Bremont produced a smaller watch aimed at men.
Of particular note is the new AIRCO MACH 3 which features the signature military Royal Air Force (RAF) blue on the dial. The watch comes in a satin case finish, the dial bears applied baton index markers inlaid with Super-LumiNova, and the red tip of the seconds hand creates a neat contrast against the blue dial.
The brothers who, in 2002, co-founded the award-winning British luxury watchmaker — Nick and Giles English — say that the new timepieces pay homage to the inextricable links the brand has with military aviation.
Bremont Co-Founder, Giles English, said, “I have always loved our blue dialled watches which have proved rather popular within other ranges over the years.
“This particular pantone not only looks handsome on the dial but we love the subtle nod to 100 years of British military aviation which is at the heart of what inspired the AIRCO line. These timepieces are designed to be understated classics that can really stand the test of time,” he said in a press statement.
The Mach 1 and Mach 2 are also part of the new range, and come in white dial variants. In a similar aesthetic to its dark-dialled counterpart, the Mach 1 with satin steel case now boasts a red second hand presenting a distinctive contrast against the white dial.
The Airco Mach 2 features a polished stainless steel case and white dial set with applied indexes, is more classic in style and sits alongside the anthracite dial Bremont released in 2017. The design was inspired by what would have been more of an officer’s dress watch, which responded to a demand for a smarter model that could easily fit under the cuff.
Bremont Co-Founder, Nick English, said, “Having focused on 43mm watches for many years, the introduction of the AIRCO range last year was really the first deviation from this in terms of the men’s range.
“We felt it was important to diversify the Bremont offering, adding something a little more compact. Both Giles and I have been surprised by how different it feels on by comparison with the 43mm cases, it’s certainly a very comfortable everyday watch. We’ve been encouraged to see how well the watch has been received since launch, appealing perhaps to a slightly different demographic,” he said.
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