Earlier this year I was attending an alumni event and the subject matter turned to watches (how I turned it there I don’t recall). One of the group asked what I would recommend for her to get her boyfriend as a gift. My first question was how much money she wanted to spend. When she said roughly $1,000, I immediately recommended a Weiss. Her question also got me thinking about how I could organize the 2015 holiday gift guide. So for this iteration, I will recommend my favorite watch (or watch related gift) in each of several price ranges. Chances are, if I like it, especially if it under about $1,500, we have covered it in the past, since that is the kind of people we are; but there may be watches here (especially at the high end) that have not graced our pages.
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.
No, literally, I am not qualified to own the Bremont MBI Pilot Watch. It is not that I can’t afford it, or did not order it before it was sold out, it is due to the fact that I have never been ejected from a jet using a Martin Baker ejection seat. Of course, I am not all that sure I want to be qualified to own the watch, with that as the bar for entry. Luckily, there are two other versions of the watch (minus the “Martin-Baker Red” barrel) that I could own, should I want to lay down the cash.
ABlogToRead has another in-depth review of one of our favorite watches, the Bremont U2. The watch is styled after the instrumentation of the U-2 spy plane and includes a specially protected movement inside a special material that allows the watch to survive – get this – a freaking cockpit ejection at full Gs. There is…