Bremont is one of those small, high end watch companies in Britain that is not very well known in the US. We have covered the brand a few times, and I highlighted the MBI/MBII a while back. New for November is the polished stainless steel version of their Classic Line, the Bremont ALT1-C /PW, joining the line that already sports a variety of colored dial versions and a rose gold case version.
As one would expect when you spend a little north of $5,000 on a watch, it is a lovely instrument. Bremont starts with a Valjoux 7750 movement and then reworks it into what they call the Calibre 13 1/4” BE-50AE automatic. Customized features for the movement include a Glucydur balance wheel, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, and a Bremont moulded and decorated rotor. All that work on the movement is shown off through the exhibition case back.
The overall package is simple, elegant, and sophisticated. It is not, however, a particularly thin watch, coming in at 16mm. It is also a fairly simple chronograph, with only the central second hand and the 30 minute counter at 3:00 for elapsed timing. So if you want to keep your office meetings to under a half hour, this is perfect. If you are timing a smoked roast on the weekend, this isn’t going to track that 4 hour cooking time. bremont.com
- Brand & Model: Bremont Alt1-C /PW
- Price: $5,900 (I think)
- Who we think it might be for: A fan of British grail watches.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: I would buy the MBII instead, but it is lovely.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: How about blued hands, or maybe just a blued second hand?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Lots, but I especially like the decorated rotor.