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Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches

Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

New for 2018, Bremont has released a modern update to their 2007, "iconic," model – Record Scratch – dang, here we go again. Bremont, once a regular exhibitor, has opted out of Baselworld 2018 and instead will be displaying their new models privately to a group of journalists in London. There they will unveil a number of new releases including a new take on the (gulp), "iconic," and, "classic," release of the "timeless," ALT1-C Chronograph. To mark the 100th year of British aviation, the Bremont ALT1-I/BL and the Bremont ALT1-C/WH-BK take a more modern approach to a watch that's heavily inspired by the British Royal Air Force both in color and style.

Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

Both of these new models sport slick satin finished stainless steel cases and measure in at 43mm x 16mm – keeping in line with the rest of the Bremont ALT1-C collection sizing. The watch will come in two different dial variations – a blue dial (matching the colors of the British Royal Air Force) and a silver reverse panda dial with black sub-registers. People familiar with Bremont will immediately notice that the Arabic numerals are gone, and replaced with applied indices that I feel catapults these watches into a modern landscape, but realistically subdues any character that this collection had. Honestly, my favorite part of the watch is the handset, which was lifted from the polished or "Dress" models (according to Bremont) of the same collection and satin finished to mesh with the case. The rounded handset fits the watch much better than the boxy baton hands that previously sat inside of the satin case models. Both the hour markers and hands are lume filled and spectacularly finished. In keeping with the older polished models, "Automatic" is removed from the dial above the date indicator at 6 o'clock – leaving the simple and clean "Chronometer" and Bremont Logo as the only prominent text printed on the dial.

Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

Inside the ALT1-C/BL and the ALT1-C/WH-BK is the Calibre 13 1/4" BE-50AE Automatic movement. While the verbiage feels a bit sketchy, this is a modified Valjoux 7750 with a 42-hour power reserve and a reasonably heavy overhaul. The watch features an exhibition caseback to display the COSC certified movement with custom decoration and really neat skeletonized rotor. Credit where it's due: the movement looks fantastic. The watch will come on either a stainless steel bracelet, a blue leather strap, or brown leather strap to match the dials. While I'm typically headstrong on having a bracelet, I'm a fan of the blue dial on the blue strap. Additionally, the watch is water-resistant up to 100m.

Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

To be fair, these really are well-done watches if not a bit generic. After thinking about these watches over the last few days, I think my biggest complaint is the vernacular used in the description of these two models. Bremont isn't a stranger to controversy in the words they've used in the past, and in the case of the ALT1-C/BL and the ALT1-C/WH-BK they are carefully forward about the technical details and design of these models. However, they are a bit more liberal in the description of where they stand in the modern marketplace. I don't know that I can call a moderately re-vamped model of a watch they released in 2007  a "timeless classic," nor is 11 years enough time to call a watch "iconic." While it comes with the territory when we are discussing the marketing umbrella, I feel that these new models could replace "timeless," with "safe," and we would have a fairer representation of what we are looking at.

Bremont ALT1-C/BL & ALT1-C/WH-BK Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

Price for the ALT1-C/BL and the ALT1-C/WH-BK will come in at $6,495. Pricing on the steel bracelet will likely be higher, and I will update when those prices become available. bremont.com

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  • Luciano

    This is ridiculous. With extra $500 you can get an Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar (1533-150/40) from one of the well known online retailers. It brings an original design, a in-house movement with silicon balance-spring, annual calendar and column wheel chronograph… and a brand that actually has some horological value.

    • R Ramki

      I take it you are referring to Jomashop which is a grey market site at grey market pricing. The watch you refer to retails for 12000. Comparing grey market sales prices to retail prices is absolutely ridiculous.

      • Luciano

        No. Ridiculous would be someone considering spending $6,500 on this Bremont.

      • Behrang Farzan

        There is no sense arguing with the commenters on this forum. They all say the same thing… go buy from one of the mainstream brands: Rolex, Omega, IWC… Anyone trying to be different and start their own thing… better come at sub $1000 prices or they are garbage.

        • JosephWelke

          No. If this watch were $2,000 to $2,500 you’d hear much less complaining. Also Bremont kinda shot themselves in the foot a couple years back advertising a new “in-house” movement which was anything but. Only public shaming made them publish the truth.

          So yes, Bremont has a hill to climb on this site.

  • SuperStrapper

    They offer a $6500 v7750 so no, Basel doesn’t need this. I’m sure the private group of journalists (read: hand picked to ensure favourable results) will make a stronger impact.

  • BNABOD

    To try to be objective, on look alone this isn’t bad, the case (aka triple trick or is it trip tick) has interesting characteristics , the movement side is decently decorated and the blue dial is clean and the hands stand out ok. On the white dial you can’t read the time the hands blend in so much. Now onto the price I am not sure how negotiable price is w Brewmont, I never tried but if they can be had for 40-50% off retail then maybe and I say maybe with a giant extra layer of maybe they might be decent offerings. Problem is there is sooo much competition in that range that for instance i would go w the soon to be released Breitling Navitimer w the far more interesting B01 caliber or go Tudor Chrono and so on, the Brewmont would not make it on the list for me as the r.o.i is no there

    • Travis Cannata

      I tend to agree with you here. Though Bremont tends to bring in its own fans (mostly revolving around its London base) that absolutely WOULD pick a Bremont over say… a Tudor, or IWC. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a large group, but I imagine those are who will be scooping these up.

      • Tempvs Mortvvs

        Those people must be the ones keeping the company alive as well, because i see most watch enthusiasts dislike it….

      • Marius

        “…mostly revolving around its London base.”

        As far as I know, Brewmont is based in Henley On Thames. Granted, Brewmont watches have the London signature in the dial, but apart from their boutique in Mayfair, Brewmont doesn’t have any manufacturing facility in London. Here is the most important chapter from Brewmont`s history:

        In the late 1990s, Nick & Giles were flying across France in their 1930’s biplane. The weather was closing in. A rough-running engine forced them to make an emergency landing. Keen to avoid the French authorities, the brothers were more than happy to accept the gracious help of the farmer whose field they had landed in. They stayed in his home, the aircraft took cover in the barn. It transpired their host had flown aircraft during the war, as well as being a gifted engineer. Half-restored wall clocks lay everywhere, together with numerous engine parts. The farmer still even wore his own father’s wristwatch. The brothers promised that his warm hospitality would never be forgotten. His name? Antoine Bremont.

        • Travis Cannata

          ” Granted, Brewmont watches have the London signature in the dial, but apart from their boutique in Mayfair, Brewmont doesn’t have any manufacturing facility in London.”

          This may be true, however I’ve found that most of the fans of the brand that I’ve run into find the fact that they are a “London based watch company” enthralling. Since they are using swiss movements and parts anyway, the novelty of Bremont is the London ties. Which is where I find the crux of the appeal to Bremont “Collectors”.

          • Boris N. Natasha

            me and the wife walked by the Mayfair shop while visiting and i told her Bremont is a British watchmaker… she’s never had any interest in any of my mechanical watches… was a Cartier on a bracelet quartz ‘only watch’ kinda girl… in the shop she instantly fell in love with a Bremont Solo, black dial, arabic numbers, date at 6 and suddenly couldn’t live without it. now back in LA, she just asked me this morning to set and wind it before she wore it to work. Cartier in the safe. so, there’s that.

          • Travis Cannata

            This is what I feel a large portion of their followers tend to come from. They’re watches. “No they’re BRITISH watches…” Ooooo0o0o0ohhhhh…

          • spiceballs

            Can relate to that :-).

  • Tea Hound

    Utterly overpriced crap. Why would anyone buy this?

  • R Ramki

    As much as I like Bremont this is just outright lazy. The Airco was a good release imo even though many here were trolling on it as usual, but this just doesn’t deserve any attention. It’s a minor update on a sort of dated watch. “Safe” is being generous.

    They should have redone the series with a redesign. Still waiting for something completely unique and fresh from them like the Boeing model one in a more conservative size like the Airco and new supermarines

  • William McKinley Ryan

    At the risk of sounding contrarian, I think it’s a decent, but yeah, “safe” design. That said, anyone willing to spend US$6500 on this needs his/her brain scanned immediately. At that price point, there is just so much more out there. Hell, you can get an “iconic” pre-owned Sub (true, no chrono, but still…) in near mint condition for close to that price. Sign me up at US$999.00 for a weekend beater.

  • Playboy Johnny

    Garbage as usual.

  • DanW94

    I like the simplicity and symmetry of a dual register chrono and Bremont does it well with their ALT1-C model. I prefer the older version with the Arabic numerals as opposed to the applied indices. No matter though, the price is way too steep and I think people are rightly justified to call Bremont out on pricing relative to what you get versus the competition.

  • Marius

    To be honest, I find this watch quite attractive, especially the blue-dialled reference. In my view, the design is elegant but a bit sporty, and the hardened steel case tends to look like new even after many years of wear. Nevertheless, as is usual with Brewmont, their prices and marketing techniques are quite off putting.

    Brewmont labels this movement as Calibre 13 1/4″ BE-50AE which is extremely misleading considering that we are dealing with a 7750. An inexperienced punter might actually believe that he/she is getting an in-house movement. Furthermore, I find the $6,500 very hard to justify. Brewmont is a brand that outside watch enthusiast circles (who wouldn’t buy this watch) nobody knows, and the 7750 used is a rather cheap movement. Sure, if this watch was priced at around $3,000, then it would be quite an attractive offering. However, at $6,500, I would be looking at the Tudor Black Bay Chrono ($4,200) using the very capable B01 caliber; at the Omega Moonwatch Professional ($4,900) using the 1861 caliber; or at the IWC Portuguese Chronograph ($7,300), which although uses the same 7750, is in my view, one of the best-looking and well-proportioned watches currently on the market. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6cd1fa14f672d34f346796031a7ac577acaa1bc67b75b6004b5a28832b5f764f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8465071aa4caa5816f30bd995af866d51e21722f5e5fe824a678015fa93819e6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70c808116f3a5d12ba49d08c885b981e9bf011dc66966705f963c2a0c9e1621d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bae701789ce28c8ccb208446a80169b24fa45333f8b51d8852ec9e8405815924.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b00e12d6c1ab6d30f9465bed570a765b27d0a2feba230e2f677c6556b534335.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3a722112d39c509f422a1807e3ea81c687c96ff1fccb73c717ab451bc95f097.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27dd858e19003db604a612b9719a772b16c0b4bc4cca9ec0661858987e0a2763.jpg

    • Tea Hound

      If I may take the liberty of summarising your erudite posting: “you’d have to be a right stupid c**t to buy this crap. Literally any other watch would be better. ”

      • Roberto Guimaraes

        So much courage and bravado to insult behind the anonymity of the internet…let’s discuss the watch.

        • Playboy Johnny

          The Bremonts are over priced garbage, that only the most naive watch buyer would consider. Anyone highly touting the quality or value of a Bremont, is suspect of having Bremont money in their account.
          Is that enough discussion for you?

          • Roberto Guimaraes

            Thanks for the insightful comments Jonny Boy.

        • Playboy Johnny

          As long as you saw my post before deleted, I am happy!

          • Roberto Guimaraes

            I’ll check and will let you know. Thanks for the heads up.

        • Tea Hound

          Courage is my middle name. The laughs it causes at passport control across the world…

          • Roberto Guimaraes

            Ok Lady Courage.

          • Playboy Johnny

            Settle down Roberta.

          • Roberto Guimaraes

            Ok kids.

  • Tea Hound

    Derivative, nasty, over-priced shit #2.

  • Piero

    Maybe somebody already said it but… welcome to Abremontowatch.com 😀

    • Good Gene 42K18

      We are in the End of Days. The Bremontolypse.

      • Lash LaRue de Bayou

        This is the way the world ends
        Not with a Hublotter Big Bang
        But with a Wimpy Burger
        With Bremontaise sauce

        • Good Gene 42K18

          This site is a joke. I only stay because I’m such a hatter and because of my kinship with other commenters (hatters and non-hatters alike). I can’t recall the last well-written article about an interesting watch.

          • Lash LaRue de Bayou

            911 is a joke. You–you good guy.

          • Playboy Johnny

            I am with you Gene.

      • Larry Holmack

        I’s a better get da wifey ta move the MRE’s down ta my Bremontolpse Bomby shelter den!! who dun knows what dey’s ganna do to all of usin’s what aint a wearing one dem dere Bremonts!! Is dey gonna try ta turn usin’s all inta zombified watch wearers??? Oh…if’in y’all is smart, you’ll move yer https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2443e7add6b3d37e125613248280e5b9b56da01856f32a555b9d93eab1dfd5d8.jpg still underground also…dat way you’s can make yer ‘shine while’s you’s a fighting off dem der Bremont Zombies!!

  • smoothsweeper

    – Lots of angled shots to avoid showing the thickness of the watch.
    – Yet another chrono with a 30 minute counter.

    The sub-1h mechanical chrono epitomizes needless complexity. If you need to tally time for less than 1h, a rotating bezel is a much better solution engineering-wise. It will last forever and needs no maintenance. Of course it won’t give you to-the-second precision, but if you needed that you’d be using a proper timer in the first place.

    This trend can’t die soon enough.

  • Good Gene 42K18

    KEWL!

    • Blake Carrington

      You got your wish. Five Brewmores in just three days, is it? Drink up!

  • Neil C

    Bremont are first and foremost an engineering company. They happen to have chosen to make watches. Until they develop their own movement they have no real choice but to use ETA. I think their prices are due to their relatively small volume of watches produced each year so their prices are likely to be higher than many other mass produced brands using the same movement. Its like a small cycle manufacturer in the U.K (orange bikes) that makes basic single pivot frames for extortionate prices. The thing is, they cant make them quick enough. People still pay for them. They are niche brands. So, I guess bremonts asking price although not to everyones liking must be at a level where they still sell. Anyway, who pays full retail. I bought an 18 month old U-22 for half price on ebay!

    • Playboy Johnny

      I would be embarrassed to been seen wearing a Bremont.

    • Tea Hound

      Bremont are first and foremost a marketing company. They happen to have chosen to make watches. Until they develop their own movement they have no real choice but to use ETA, and attempt to repeatedly obfuscate the fact. I think their prices are due to their sheer bloody nerve, so their prices are likely to be higher than every other brand using the same movement…
      …I bought an 18 month old U-22 for half price on ebay! Even given that, I still paid roughly 75% too much!

  • Playboy Johnny

    They are deleting posts that don’t speak well of Bremont AGAIN.
    I guess Nick called and told them to delete immediately.

    • Roberto Guimaraes

      There’s a policy that is aimed cutting down on trolling and language. Read it up gentlemen. Cheers

    • IG

      Who’s Nick?

  • Roberto Guimaraes

    Great blue dial. But still prefer the Arabic numerals version and the 12h counter Alt-P2.

    • Playboy Johnny

      I prefer a watch that is not garbage.

      • Roberto Guimaraes

        Thanks for spreading enlightenment Jony Boy.

  • Lash LaRue de Bayou

    Am I hallucinating or did ABTW publish 4 articles on Bremouth today?

    • Playboy Johnny

      You are correct sir!! The Bremont webstore is in full effect!

    • Good Gene 42K18

      It’s almost like they were contracted to do half-a-dozen articles before March and forgot that it was a short month.

      • Blake Carrington

        I’m going to buy ABTW and have Fallon do a makeover

      • Playboy Johnny

        What do you mean “almost like” ??

  • Simon

    I’m really not liking ABTW’s website layout these days. I don’t know what has happened, but it looks far too busy and I’m scrolling through it way too fast…

  • Meat Hanky

    I think it looks nice enough (the blue dial especially), but oversized and overpriced. Considering the competition at lower prices, it doesn’t make sense.

  • IG

    Wow, Bremont carpet-bombs ABTW!

  • Agnar Sidhu

    Looka really great in blue, and like the long and slim hands, if only they were priced at half of the retail…

  • Omegaboy

    A $650 movement in a $6500 watch . . .

  • Larry Holmack

    I have a bag of trail mix that I am munching on while reading all the comments. I just love it when Bremont watches are reviewed!!!

  • Pete L

    And we are three for three. Despite ABTW trying to batter me into submission with a triumvirate of these this suffers the same as the others. Too dull to pique the interest and way too expensive for what they are. Shame.

  • Simon Taylor

    Is Bremont’s new marketing strategy to dump 15 models on the market at once and push every other brand off the front page of the watch blogs?

  • Jeffrey Wong

    Wow, how many Bremont articles got posted by this site? They are clean looking watches, a bit of thought behind some of the models, ETA movements, which isn’t bad in regards to servicing, but crazy over priced, when there are other options in the market.