Bremont is fast becoming known as THE go to company for historical timepieces as seen by their incredible Codebreaker Limited Edition timepiece introduced last year. This year however, they have chosen to return to their roots and release an aviation timepiece that incorporates the ultimate piece of aviation history. Introducing the Limited Edition Bremont Wright Flyer, which incorporates an actual piece of the original Wright Flyer from 1903 as part of its movement.
What has been incorporated is the ‘Pride of the West’ muslin, fabric hand stitched by Wilbur Wright himself on the wings of the plane in order to achieve their historical first flight. For many years following the deaths of the Wright brothers, the Wright Flyer has been displayed in various museums but none have been able to achieve what Bremont have managed, to be granted the right to use a portion of the original muslin as part of an aviation timepiece.
The unveiling of the Limited Edition Bremont Wright Flyer was conducted at the Science Museum in London on the 23th of July. The timepiece will feature some of the original muslin on the rotor of the new Bremont BWC/01 automatic movement. The muslin will be decorated between the rotor plate and a sapphire crystal caseback to let onlookers admire this amazing feature. The watch also has 23 jewels featuring over 50hr power reserve; Glucyder balance and a hairspring adjusted using a micro-metric screw.
Housing the movement is a 43mm case available in 3 variants, polished stainless steel, rose gold or white gold all featuring the Bremont Trip-Tick case construction with integrated decoration ring. The dial is metal with white or black base colour, finished with period numerals and a specific 1903 Wright Flyer date specific sub-dial. The dial is finished off with superluminova coating for increased legibility. A domed sapphire crystal is also of course incorporated into the case with anti-reflective coating on both sides with the same sapphire crystal used for the caseback showing off that amazing piece of history.
The Limited Edition Bremont Wright Flyer is a wonderful throwback into the original legends of aviation, the Wright Brothers and Bremont’s new timepiece pays homage to their sacrifice with a wonderful wristwatch that’s limited to 300 pieces in Stainless Steel, 100 in Rose Gold and only 50 in White Gold. For more info, please visit bremont.com
First flight at Kitty Hawk (North Carolina) in 1903
Movement – Bremont BWC/01 33.4mm Automatic with 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Nivarox CT balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring. Highly efficient double reverser bi-directional winding mechanism to achieve 28,800bph and 50+ hour power reserve.
Rotor – Each Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition rotor will feature some of the original muslin material used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft. The muslin will be layered between the period decorated rotor plate and a sapphire crystal window.
Case – Available in polished stainless steel, rose gold or white gold. All versions feature Bremont’s Trip- Tick® case construction with integrated decoration ring. 43mm case diameter with standard 22mm lug width and a case thickness of 14mm including the crystal.
Caseback – Exhibition type with integrated domed crystal, secured with 4 polished headed screws. Engraved markings with specific limited edition serial number.
Dial – Metal dial with black or white base colour, decorated with period numerals and Wright Flyer date specific ‘1903’ sub-dial. Bespoke Bremont SuperLumiNova® luminous coating.
Hands – Central hour and minute hand with a running seconds hand at 9 o’clock.
Crystal – Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Water Resistance – Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres.
Strap – Aligator strap with pin buckle to complement case material.
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