On a Mission: Our Three Favorite Townhouse 2022 Novelties from Bremont
Adventure, artful design, air, sea, and land (as well as some intriguing backstories) all coalesce in Bremont’s 2022 novelties.
“To make exquisitely engineered mechanical timepieces on British soil with the lofty objective of reinvigorating the nation’s horological past, using our adventurous spirit, passion for detail, desire to innovate, and dedication to the highest quality of customer satisfaction.”
So reads Bremont’s inaugural mission statement.
And since its founding in 2002 by brothers Nick and Giles English, Bremont has certainly made impressive strides in completing its mission. The company started as a heartfelt homage to Nick and Giles’ father, Dr. Euan English. An ex-RAF pilot and reportedly adventurous soul, Dr. English tragically died during an exercise for a 1995 air show in his vintage WWII-era Harvard training aircraft (the Harvard was known as the North American T-6 Texan in the U.S. military). Nick was also severely injured in the accident.
From its headquarters in Henley-on-Thames in the UK, Bremont creates uncannily stylish tool watches that just ooze authenticity and, very often, a strong military-aligned spirit. The brand’s work generally carries some very specific collaborative details along with what ends up on your wrist, creating some of the most evocative storytelling in the industry. You’re not just wearing a Bremont; you’re wearing a tale. And the novelties revealed in their recently announced Townhouse Collection for 2022 are no exceptions.
Here are some highlights.
Land: Bremont WR-22
Developed in partnership with Williams Racing, one of the world’s leading Formula One teams, the WR-22 adds a big dose of real-world testing to an extraordinarily handsome and functional 43mm racing chronograph. In fact, the Williams Racing team will be putting this exact timepiece to the test during the upcoming 2022 F1 season.
Incorporating heritage cues like panda-style black-on-white sub-dials and stopwatch-style chronograph pushers, the WR-22 also employs a subtle fold-in of the Williams Racing team’s blue livery colors. Plus, each timepiece will incorporate an authentic wheel-nut from a vintage Williams racer.
Yet despite design elements that honor the past, the overall effect is thoroughly modern, not to mention singular. Priced at $7,595 on a traditional steel bracelet or $6,995 on an Alcantara leather strap (a material used for race car steering wheels), the WR-22 is an apt homage to the spirit of British racing.
Sea: Bremont Argonaut Bronze
As part of Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection, which honors Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the new 42mm Argonaut Bronze dive watch pays particular tribute to the British Navy with the historically maritime metal of its case. Developed in partnership with England’s Ministry of Defence, the timepiece’s CuSn8 corrosion-resistant bronze material will patina differently for each owner over time.
True, the unique internal rotating bezel (operated via the crown at 4 o’clock) may be unusual for a bona fide tool-watch. But the Argonaut Bronze’s 300m water resistance, 3 o’clock date window, and Super-LumiNova coating atop its bronze hands and indices all peg this as a legitimate, workhorse diver. Moreover, the chronometer-rated BE-92AV movement carries a 38-hour power reserve.
Air: Bremont Limited Edition Dambuster
Now here’s a story for you: In May 1943, nineteen British Lancaster bombers set out on one of the most critical and dangerous raids of WWII, Operation Chastise. The mission destroyed Germany’s Mohne, Eder, and Sorpe dams, using special “bouncing bombs” (which came to be known as Dam Busters) and obliterating a large percentage of the Axis’ vital water supply to its arms makers. Bremont’s Limited Edition Dambuster timepiece, a 42mm monopusher chronograph, is an ode to the 80th anniversary of that operation.
Again, in partnership with Britain’s Ministry of Defence, the timepiece takes heritage cues from combat timepieces of that era: Bicompax design with a central seconds chronograph function, propriety Bremont “51” lume that mimics the illumination of older watches, and more. Meanwhile, the caseback commemorates the profile of an approaching Avro Lancaster bomber and the crest for the 617 RAF Squadron that carried out the mission (as well as the call signs for the eight bombers that didn’t return).
Priced at $4,995, the Limited Edition Dambuster will be capped at 232 pieces to match the air speed of Operation Chastise bombers as they approached their targets.
(Images © Bremont)