Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Bremont's limited edition historical pieces have become a hallmark of the brand since they first launched the EP120 in 2010. Today, at the London Science Museum, Bremont announced their latest limited edition watch, the Bremont Wright Flyer, which boasts the inclusion of not only a piece of the first successful powered flying machine, but also Bremont's first in-house movement. As a young brand with a deep passion for aviation, the Bremont Wright Flyer is a huge announcement for Bremont and a fitting platform for the launch of a new caliber that they refer to as their first manufacture movement.

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

After seeing last year's Codebreaker and its impressive integration of a number of historical elements, we all wondered what Bremont could do to take this concept to a new level. Now in its fifth generation, the Bremont LEs are an excellent introduction to the brand and with the new Bremont Wright Flyer, the brand has returned to the original formula of paying tribute to a legend from the history of aviation. In fact, legend might be putting it too softly, this is genesis.

The Bremont Wright Flyer will incorporate a small piece of the muslin fabric actually used on the wings of the 1903 Wright Flyer - the first successful powered airplane. The fabric will be encased in the spinning mass of the rotor, allowing you to carry around a physical token to the roots of manned flight. The original 1903 wing cloth is exceedingly rare and has been provided by the Wright family to only a select few, including Neil Armstrong who had a piece in his pocket when he walked on the moon.

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Following the example set by their past LE projects, proceeds from the Bremont Wright Flyer will be used to restore the Wright family home in Dayton, Ohio. If Bremont is a brand on your radar, you undoubtedly know that the English brothers that launched and run the brand are aviation buffs of the highest order. Here, Nick English speaks about the project and its connection to the Wright family:

“Giles and I still cannot believe that it’s happened. Holding the original and invaluable muslin used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer is incredibly emotive. The Wright family has been wonderful to work with and it was inspiring to see their passion for the project. Does the creation of a special aviation-inspired watch really get any better than this? Probably not. The combination of this amazing material and our new BWC/01 movement has resulted in a truly mind-blowing timepiece.”

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Thought we had forgotten about the watch, didn't you? Well, the Bremont Wright Flyer features the brand's signature 43 mm Trip-Tick case in steel, rose gold or white gold. The lovely vintage-aviation inspired design is bolstered by the inclusion of Bremont's first in-house movement, the BWC/01. Bremont has not confirmed anything yet, but from a design perspective the so called in-house made Bremont caliber BWC/01 movement appears to be based on movements produced by the high-end Swiss watch movement maker La Joux-Perret, and it is further likely that Bremont worked with the prestigious house on the development of their caliber.

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

An automatic movement with 25 jewels, the BWC/01 has a power reserve in excess of 50 hours and operates at 28,800 vph. With bi-directional winding, a Glucydur balance, Nivarox balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring, the BWC/01 is a modern movement that represents a big milestone for Bremont. The movement is signed "London" and many of its components are manufactured at Bremont HQ in Henley-on-Thames, England.

The dial design has a lovely old-world charm with vintage-effect lume, minimal dial text and a nicely contrasting seconds sub dial at nine. Both the main dial and sub dial have railway scales, a design we find on other Bremont models like the Supermarine S500 and the Codebreaker. Additionally, the seconds sub dial is signed "1903" as an additional nod to the Wright Brothers world-changing achievement.

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Bremont Wright Flyer versions are limited to 300 units in steel, 100 in rose gold and 50 for the white gold. Both gold models feature a white dial while the steel version comes with a black dial. With a display back and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, total thickness is 14 mm and the Bremont Wright Flyer will come on an alligator strap with a matched metal pin buckle. Pricing has not yet been announced but we will update as soon as new information is available.

Encapsulating their distinctive designs along with literal pieces of history, Bremont's limited editions represent not only their flagship offerings, but also a peek into the soul of the two brothers responsible for a manufacturer still very much on the rise. Having previously relied on third-party movements (mostly ETA), the Bremont Wright Flyer is a big step for Bremont as they continue to expand both their product line and technology. One thing is certain: they've definitely got their work cut out for them for next year. Prices for the Bremont Wright Flyer will be $25,950 for the model in steel, $39,995 for the one in rose gold and $44,995 for the yellow gold version. Bremont.com

[UPDATE 07-27-2014: We published a follow-up to this article: - The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement. Ed.]

What do you think?
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  • socabaptist

    I like this and I like the brand, now with their own movement as well – a great achievement! I guess eta getting out of the business has forced a lot of brands to build their own movements. This can only be good for the watch Industry. Not sure I could afford this or any Bremont for that matter, but great job folks! I also love their U-2 and HMS Victory models.

  • SN0WKRASH

    Lovvvve the propeller!

  • Ulysses31

    Now THIS is a very attractive watch in a vintage style with all sorts of interesting unique little touches.

  • Feller87

    as a prelude to my question I will first say that I really like this watch and I am happy to see Bremont starting to use their own movements.

    But how come when Romaine Jerome made their titanic watch and other limited editions of “original material” watches they get bashed as  a pretend brand (oversized cases not the topic of discussion here)

    When Bremont does it they get lauded for “vintage style” and inclusive history etc

    I feel like I must be missing something, I would never buy a RJ for a plethora of reasons, but what is the difference?

  • somethingnottaken

    Bremont are a UK based brand and I like that they’re marketing their movment as UK made, with it signed “London” and their blurb making a point that much of it is made there, even if some parts are Swiss. 
    A generic ETA/Sellita movement is more practical, as it helps keep long term mainenance and repair costs down. However, at Bremont’s price point, a distinctive movement is appropriate (and even moreso for one of their LE’s).

  • somethingnottaken

    Feller87 I have mixed feelings about how Bremont incorporate a piece of whatever they’re commemorating in their LE watches. But at least in this case I like the watch design – unlike the RJ watches I’ve seen.

  • TomasinaCovell

    Oh wow, that’s neat there’s no price on these!

  • So over time would little bits ‘n pieces of that cloth start getting into the movement? Hermetically sealed into the rotor? 
    I’m ambivalent about this brand but it seems every time they debut something at the ‘Dinkee, they get roundly crucified. A lot of which may be partially justified. I saw the initial pricing and it’s…let’s just say…heavenly.
    Wouldn’t a simple “Wright” on the dial have been more clean than “Automatic London”?

  • Chaz_Hen The limited edition prices of Bremont watches can be a bit intense. From what I heard about the possible final pricing of the Wright Flyer in steel they seem to have extended what most people will put up with a by a large margin. Having said that, I’d like to wait until we get final pricing from the brand. Quality and design is very good with the brand, and I know a lot of happy owners (including myself).

  • TomasinaCovell Yea, Bremont released the news without a final price so there just isn’t anything to publish on that yet. We will update the article when they release that info.

  • Zeitblom

    I must confess that I really like this. That is high praise indeed coming from someone who normally hates gimmickry. But if you are going for gimmicks, this is the way to do it [in contrast to the intensely horrible RJ things.]

    Happily for me, it’s likely that the price will be so ludicrous as to stop me from considering one. [Not that I don’t necessarily have the cash, just that I don’t like being treated like a fool, cf Patek].

  • Ulysses31

    Zzyzx You’re right.  I could take it or leave it, personally.  It’s enough that it’s a handsome, well-made watch.  It’s just a little bit condescending for them to think that such a gimmick would make people rush out and buy the watch.  If it’s a good quality piece this isn’t necessary.

  • Ulysses31

    Feller87 The Titanic represents a major disaster where many people died.  Making cash out of such a tragedy seems distasteful to many.  On the other hand, this watch commemorates one of humanity’s great achievements.  Considering how Bremont markets themselves as a company with links to aviation, this at least seems somewhat relevant.  RJ on the other hand tends to integrate seemingly random things into their watches.  What will be their next piece?  A watch that integrates shards of glass from a mirror that Jerome’s grandfather coughed on a couple of times?

  • Zeitblom

    Ulysses31 Feller87 “What will be their next piece?  A watch that integrates shards of glass from a mirror that Jerome’s grandfather coughed on a couple of times?”

    Not tacky enough for them. A piece of burnt clothing from the Hindenburg would be more like it.

  • srallington

    Nothing in house about this movement. Unless they have purchased La Joux-Perret?

  • MikeRitz

    Congrats to Bremont,…
    $27K USD for the Steel version…

  • Bremont is a brand that I always really WANT to love, but usually struggle to do so. From what I can tell, the steel version of this is going to come out at $25k+. Excuse my French, but that is just fucking stupid and annoying. Pseudo in-house movement or not, swatch of the amazing technocolour dreamcoat on the rotor or not: that is just plain insulting, and it just feels like the brand is thumbing its nose at everyone. Yes, I’m sure it is very well made, but let’s just look at it as a watch for a second, and not an emotional token. The handset is wimpy and inappropriate, the sunken sub seconds dial looks hurried and unfinished (a simple bevel or frame would go miles further there), and the case is sturdy and well finished, but with the heavy walls and too-wide bezel, the dial looks like a shrunken head in a shadow box meant for something of more impressive stature.
    Every time I see a Bremont article come up I get excited, and then leave disappointed. If that’s just me, so be it. Can’t please all the people all the time.

  • Feller87

    Zeitblom Ulysses31 Feller87

    Fair enough, I understand the revulsion that is inspired by RJ’s subject matter for their limited editions.

    As for the styling, that has always been Bremonts strength, and they continue to produce really attractive watches. If I was in the market for a dive watch the Supermarine would for sure be in the top 5, ETA movement not withstanding.

    However this offering imho is a step backwards for back in their struggle to become a worthy and respected watch company.by attempting to pass this off as IHC when that is being challenged everywhere I look.

  • Zeitblom

    MikeRitz “USD” refers to some exotic currency, like the Macedonian Denar or something, right? Right?!

  • CG

    Really too bad the pricing takes it well out of the realm of affordability for many historic aviation buffs. Worthwhile cause behind it’s sale though….  if any of you are ever in Dayton, OH and love aviation the US Air Force National Museum is really something to see along with all the Wright Brothers history…. It takes a good three days to see it all correctly! I go every year since exhibits constantly change or expand.  “Gentlemen” flyers seems to be the elitist market for this, there should be a version sans fabric that could sell at a higher volume and bring in a lot more cash for the cause.

  • DavidSund

    Can someone explain to me why the bridge of the movement looks completely identical to that of the Arnold&Son which is handled in the article posted after this one? 
    http://www.ablogtowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Arnold-and-Son-DSTB-7.jpg

  • IvanGopey

    19000 pounds in steel!! And about 30 in gold.
    And it’s not I house movement. Typical LJP. What a shame for Bremont..

  • IvanGopey

    Because they use the same base LJP movement.

  • Gregwatch

    The bridges are not the same, maybe close but different. Have a closer look

  • Maybe he was afraid some people would have mistaken it for the Hong Kong dollar? Nothing wrong with specifying with “USD”.
    As much as I know some people would hope, the world doesn’t necessarily revolve around ‘Murica.

  • spiceballs

    I like Bremont and generally what they try to do.  However, this dial does nothing for me. The case and reverse side is more interesting but the price OTT.

  • DG Cayse

    SuperStrapper On this, rather rare occasion, I am in agreement with Mr. SuperStrapper.
    (shrunken head reference aside)

  • DG Cayse

    Very smoothly written. Kudos Mr. Stacey.

  • somethingnottaken

    SuperStrapper It’s a $5K+ watch plus a $20K piece of the Wright Flyer. I can’t afford to spend $25K or so on a watch, but if  I could (or hopefully when when I can!) I’d be looking a Jaeger Le Couture, A. Lange & Sohn, etc.. There is probably a market for this watch, but I’m nowhere near part of it.

  • aBlogtoWatch Chaz_Hen Did you buy your Bremont or was it given to you as a promotional giveaway by the brand? Or sold to you at a too-good-to-pass price by the brand? Not trying to attack you in any way, just genuinely curious. 
    I don’t doubt owners of the brand are happy with them (except for the ones that off loaded theirs because they weren’t happy) as the movements are proven and workhorse (ETA for the most part) and case construction seems to be elaborate. 
    Thanks.

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  • X2Eliah

    That rotor-weight on the underside is absolutely gorgeous…

  • Chaz_Hen aBlogtoWatch Lol, it is true that being a watch writer does have its perks from time to time. Though having said that there are no free things in life. We all work for what we receive of course and as someone who maintains a relatively impartial view of the industry and simply wants there to be good watches with a high value for the money I have to say that while Bremont does make their mistakes their watches are pretty good compared to a lot of the competition.

  • Hmm…everyone is attacking the stainless steel edition price already, so I will offer a different perspective.

    Is Bremont attempting to recover all their movement development costs with this limited release of 450 watches? At 50% of retail, the total wholesale take would be a hair over $7 million.  Let’s assume a cool $1 million is going to the Wright family, so we’re left with $6 million to cover manufacturing, R & D, marketing and overhead.

    Since these numbers are made up, I will leave the exercise of guesstimating the movement development cost to the reader. A time-only movement without truly innovative architecture, finishing or materials couldn’t run more than low seven figures, right?

  • aBlogtoWatch Chaz_Hen So you’re answering my question in the affirmative then? 
    Anyway, enough about this… thanks for this site and keep up the good work 🙂

  • GBD

    SuperStrapper I can’t tell you how much I agree with your thoughts here. I often feel that the Swiss are giving their customers the finger with one hand and taking their money with the other. This watch makes me feel that way: it’s a kind-of-but-not-really in-house movement, and Bremont’s going to try to gouge every possible penny out of it.

  • I didn’t realize I was that hard to agree with…

  • gyang333

    Except there are allegations the movement isn’t in house at all. bremont already admitted to the fact that they collaborated on the development. We’ll see if that’s true even.

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  • TomasinaCovell

    X2Eliah It’s absolutely ugly, but I’m sure that’s just where all the developmental cost mush gone.

  • TomasinaCovell

    What lying crooked people they are, with these Bremont monstrosities!

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