Bremont ALT1-B2 GMT Chronograph Watch

Bremont ALT1-B2 GMT Chronograph Watch

Bremont ALT1 B2 GMT Chronograph Watch   watch releases

With April now upon us, we can expect a flood of pre-BaselWorld announcements as brands look to elbow their way into the spotlight of the world-famous watch fair. Bremont, the British watch brand behind such recent hits as the Victory and the Supermarine S2000, have announced two new models including a blue version of their U-2 three-hander and a stealthy new chronograph called the ALT1-B2 GMT.

Bremont ALT1 B2 GMT Chronograph Watch   watch releases

The ALT1-B2 GMT is essentially a civilian version of the watch that Bremont designed in a partnership with a Missouri-based B2 Stealth Bomber crew in 2012 (seen above). The base platform is an ALT1-Z chronograph, with the ALT1-B2 employing the same 43 x 16mm hardened steel case, dial layout and BE54-AE movement. The BE-54AE is Bremont's COSC tested build of the ETA Valjoux 7750 with a GMT module and offers a 12 hour chronograph, a GMT/UTC hand, and a date display at three o'clock. Just like the ALT1-Z, the ALT1-B2 features a Roto-Click internal bezel with user control via a crown at eight o'clock.

Bremont ALT1 B2 GMT Chronograph Watch   watch releases

In step with the B2 Stealth Bomber ethos, the ALT1-B2 has been suitably blacked-out with a full case DLC treatment that is even carried over to the rotor seen via the B2's display case back. Much of the dial design has been blacked-out as well, with only the main time display and date showing in white. The chronograph and GMT hands are seen in red, with the balance of the metal dial finished in low profile shades of black.

Bremont ALT1 B2 GMT Chronograph Watch   watch releases

This new chronograph will be available for purchase by the end of May and will carry a US retail price of $6,395 including both a calf leather and a Nato-style strap, though buyers can option the ALT1-B2 with a matching DLC bracelet. I really like the ALT1-B2 not only for its seriously-stealthy vibe, but also because it adds some much needed variation to the Bremont chronograph lineup. I think the look of the ALT1-B2 falls somewhere between the limited edition EP-120 (only 120 made) and the MW Heli (only 50 made), offering that stealthy black styling and chronograph functionality to those who missed out on previous limited edition models. bremont.com

 

7 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I like, but not love. I'm fine with the stealth look: its a style, and a watch is an accessory. If you think all watches need to be highly visible or they fail, then all suits have to be black and all cars have to be family sedans: what a boring concept.

My biggest issue here is the dial: it looks fairly flat and printed: cheap. Some prominent raised/applied numerals would have gone a long way here, even if some of them needed to be cut out a bit. I walk away from this article most interested in seeing the full DLC bracelet. That sounds pretty cool.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

I want to like them much more than I do!!! They just don't make it easy for me...I only LOVE the supermarine 500 (the greenish one). All the rest seem to lack a brand DNA. Or rather, it feels like they're trying to "impose" a design aesthetic that is half-formed, and not very exciting to begin with. Anyone else get this feeling?

Come on guys, make an exciting pilot! You already make quality watches--just tweak the design! If the French (B&R) can come up with their vintage lines which i really like, surely the Brits can do it!!! :)

Oelholm
Oelholm

I seriously dislike stealth watches - it's just so pointless. Like designing a car with the intent of making it handle badly.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

I think Bremont missed an opportunity to style the winding rotor to look like a B2. The swept back wings and rounded nose are almost there.

I am a fan of the brand and this one, pleases me as well. I think the GMT hand gets lost too easily, but it's easy to get carried away with the "stealth" ethos I guess.  I'm rather surprised at the narrow price gap between the entry level Solo model and this one.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Kris C The stealth look is fine by me, and at least there is a contrast between the hands and dial--ie. not black on black.

However, as Oelholm pointed out below, a pilot watch that is not legible fails as a pilot watch, like a car that looks good but only drives well in a straight line. And when someone goes to great lengths to brand their watch as a "professional's choise"  and in many cases available only to certified professionals, a limited visibility stealth watch just doesn't seem right. It tries to be different but without retaining the purpose for which it was designed.

This is more of a general comment on the utility of stealth watches and not on this specific piece, which is somewhat useable. 

Agree on the flatness on the dial, and that I would also like to see a DLC bracelet.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

@Oelholm Ahh...so you are comparing this watch to a DeLorean?

Agree about the silliness of the 'stealth' concept by watchmakers.

Oelholm
Oelholm

@DG Cayse @Oelholm I don't think the DeLorean was made to handle badly, or that it did - it was a Lotus chassis after all, wasn't it? :)
But it's not a bad analogy, really. The DeLorean was "ethical", but broke that principle on a number of points!