Into The Wild With The Bremont MB Savanna & Supermarine Chrono Blue
Designed for the sea and sky, two of our favorite 2021 models from Bremont are also perfect for a walk in the woods.
Here at Watchonista, we like watches that can accompany us on almost any venture life presents. That is why we’re such fans of the Bremont MB Savanna pilot watch and the Supermarine Chrono Blue diver. Both are sporty but also wear well in almost any environment.
To prove just how adaptable these Bremont timepieces are, we decided to bring them out of their natural environments and take them on a more grounding adventure in the woods.
Fall is in full swing, and this year, instead of just driving to the country to watch the trees change color through the window of a moving car (creepily called “leaf peeping”), we thought we’d immerse ourselves in the changing foliage with a little forest therapy.
“Forest therapy” is a fitness/mindfulness practice that emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a physiological and psychological exercise called Shinrin-Yoku. The goal is to open up the five senses – sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell – by observing the subtle changes in the environment. And while having a Bremont MB Savanna on your wrist is certainly a different experience than listening to the birds sing, it too provides many sensory pleasures.
Bremont is most closely identified with flight, and the MB – a collaboration with British aviation icon Martin-Baker – exemplifies the engineering and design of both brands. First launched in 2009, the MB collection remains, to this day, the only mechanical timepieces to have undergone and withstood the rigors of live ejection seat launches.
The MB Savanna of 2021 doesn’t just live for the drama, however. For the first time (and the lightness of being), Bremont is offering the MB in Grade 5. The matte effect of this material across the 43mm case is also very tactile and soothing. The Savanna features many carefully considered upgrades that inform its aesthetics and functions.
These upgrades include an anti-reflective, tactical protective case surface treatment; advanced ruthenium-plated skeletonized rotor; and a new anthracite colorway inspired by military camouflage colors – all the better for being one with the environment. The mono-palette of the case and dial even extends to the sturdy rubber strap, which is well-suited for unpredictable autumn weather.
Fun Fact: The rubber strap has a delightful, almost vanilla scent. Go ahead and give it a sniff – you will believe you are in the peaceful embrace of the forest with no one around to judge.
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Nature is healing, but it can also be thrilling.
The MB Savanna still offers many of the collection’s tactile signatures, such as the distinctive knurled effect on the aluminum barrel and crowns and the yellow and black loop at the end of the second hand, both of which reference elements of Martin-Baker’s ejection seat technology.
It is a very handsome timepiece, inside and out. The inner workings of the MB Savanna are more than suited for a day in the wild. It is powered by the 11 1/2”’ BE-36AE automatic chronometer-rated calibre with such shock-resistant features as a Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, and modified automatic winding bridge.
Through the exhibition caseback, you can admire the essence of the skeletonized rotor with stepped windows and branding. From the front, you can view subtle touches such as the sand-colored Grade X1 Super-LumiNova coated indexes and hands through the domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Just as the forest transforms in fall, the Supermarine Chrono Blue also demonstrates some exciting changes for Bremont.
This timepiece uses the same diving-inspired base design as the rest of the Supermarine series, but it also has a chronograph function and a GMT feature. It is the first time Bremont has unveiled a chronograph (let alone a GMT chronograph) within the Supermarine line.
The Supermarine Chrono Blue’s dial has a lovely white on blue (almost black) display with accents of red, gold, and silver flashing on the surface. Lume also figures prominently in this watch. And surrounding the well-balanced face is a curved, chronograph-style minute ring with lume-filled rectangular hour markers, which is encircled by a gilded railroad-style minute ring and a 24-hour, bidirectional bezel to keep track of a second-time zone.
The sensory delights of the Supermarine Chrono Blue don’t end with the dial: Two screw-down chronograph pushers flank a Bremont signed screw-down crown. It comes in two colorways – black or blue. Both are available with either a textured rubber strap and a blue variation or an integrated steel bracelet.
Moreover, the Supermarine Chrono Blue is built for the elements. And considering that its packing dive, GMT, and chronograph functions, the 43mm x 15.87mm case is substantial, but it also doesn’t get in the way of comfort. In other words: You won’t forget that it’s there (which is reassuring when trekking), but it doesn’t get in the way.
Like other models in the Supermarine family, the Chrono Blue has a three-ply “Trip-Tick” case construction. A mix of brushed and polished steel sections and a scratch-resistant, PVD-treated case barrel give the watch a feeling of solidity, not unlike an old-growth forest.
Like the canopy of branches in a forest, there’s a lot to take in. But for the most part, touches like the small, bevel-edged date window at 4:30, the two gold-colored sword hands for the hours and minutes, the red-tipped lollipop counter for the chronograph seconds, and the red-tipped arrow to indicate the second time zone keep the display from becoming too busy.
You may not need to track two time zones out in the woods, but the rest of these features are quite useful for trekking. It doesn’t hurt that it also promises 200-meter water resistance. Plus, the robust BE-54AE automatic calibre has a 42-hour power reserve, beats at 28,800 vph, and has a partially skeletonized rotor and perlage finishing, which is visible through the sapphire caseback (in case you need a break from looking at trees).
The Bremont Supermarine Chrono Blue is available now and priced at $6,795 on a rubber strap and $7,395 on a steel bracelet. For more information, visit Bremont’s website.
(Photography by Kat Shoulders)