The big news coming out of Bremont this summer is the availability of their new World Timer chronograph, the ALT1-WT. First displayed at Baselworld 2012, the World Timer provides a watch with eminent practicality for world travelers and pilots.
The new watch is a redevelopment of the “Globemaster” design commissioned in 2010, and is intended to be the civilian version of that watch.
In addition to its chronograph functions, the World Timer features a 24-hour hand that is set independently of the hour hand. This is complemented by an internal bezel showing each hour of the day, with times for major world locations noted around the periphery. The bezel is activated by means of a crown at 8:00, and provides an audible “click” at each iteration, corresponding to the 60 minutes on the watch dial. The independently set bezel allows the user to dial in any city noted to determine the time there, either at takeoff or landing.
The watch features a new Trip-Tick® case, which is specially hardened to about 2,000 Vickers (the typical 316L stainless case, by way of comparison, typically has a 300 Vickers hardness). The barrel of the case features Bremont’s distinctive scratch-resistant PVD coating. The case has a stainless-steel exhibition back, secured by five screws, to allow viewing of the highly decorated movement.
The movement is the Bremont cal. BE-54AE (Valjoux 7750 base). In addition to the 24-hour complication, the 25-jewel movement features a Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring. It has a 42-hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800bph. Chronograph functions include center timing seconds hand, a 30-minute accumulator at 12:00 and a 12-hour accumulator at 6:00. A small-seconds hand is at 9:00 and the date is at 3:00. The movement is COSC-certified as a chronometer.
The domed sapphire crystal is already scratch-resistant. However, Bremont has applied nine layers of anti-reflective coating to each side of the crystal, reducing glare up to 95%. The special AR treatment is designed to make the coating as resistant to scratches as the crystal to which it is applied.
The watch features a diameter of 43mm, which is a bit smaller than most other chronograph/GMT combinations. That should be welcome news to those who want a more versatile watch for wear in both casual and dress situations whilst traveling. Typical for this movement base, the case thickness is a more imposing 16mm, although still low enough to clear the cuff of a dress shirt. Finally, lug width is 22mm, pretty much the standard for most of Bremont’s offerings.
The dial is ground metal, offered in three colors: Black, blue and white. The white dial looks especially striking against the white world time bezel. Hands are nickel-coated, with C1 Super Luminova applied to hands and markers. The watch is rated water resistant to 10ATM, or 100 meters.
Bremont is a British luxury watch brand founded by brothers Nick and Giles English ten years ago. The brand adheres to its stated principles of durability, legibility and precision. The new World Timer can be found at Bremont Authorised Dealers, whilst more information on the company and its wares can be found at the Bremont website.