January 12, 2015
by David Bredan
Today, British watch company Bremont has announced the Bremont Kingsman selection of special edition watches. We have seen Bremont try to associate itself with quintessentially British products, such as Chivas Scotch Whisky or sports car maker Jaguar. This time around, Bremont hits the movies, as three slightly different models are released to mark the role these watches play in Matthew Vaughn’s new film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Due to be released in February 2015, the film stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Caine, as the “agents from a super-secret British spy organization.” The movie even features Nick English, co-founder of Bremont, making a cameo appearance as one of the Kingsman. For this occasion, Bremont has slightly modified its ALT1-WT watch (reviewed here), making it available in three different color schemes, ranging from rose gold through stainless steel, to black DLC coated steel.
The agents will exclusively wear rose gold chronograph world timers with a creme colored dial as seen above, and Bremont says the watches play a key part in the film and are “an integral tool in the secret agents’ gadget line-up.” How that will work out in practice is something we can only tell after we have seen the Kingsman movie, although we already are familiar with the exact functions of the special edition pieces.
Unless there is some hidden, 007-reminiscent gadget hiding under the dial, the BE-54AE movement – based on the ETA 7754 caliber – will offer the time, a 12 hour chronograph, the date, as well as a world time function, thanks to the added, centrally mounted second time-zone hand and the list of timezones on the rotating flange ring on the periphery of the dial.
The Bremont Kingsman Stainless Steel model is worn by Merlin (Mark Strong), the trainer of these potential super spies for the top secret Kingsman organization. One of these trainees – and central character – is Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a law-breaking teen who’s recruited by the Kingsman agents to help bring down megalomaniac Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), who in turn will be wearing the black DLC version. With nearly all design elements in black – with a splash of red here and there and white luminescent hands – the DLC version arguably is the most stealthy looking piece from the three.
Given the number of movie stars featured in the film and the highly acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn working behind the scenes, the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie surely appears to be a blockbuster production that will show Bremont’s dedicated line of watches to millions of viewers around the world. From a more general perspective, the movie will also bring mechanical watches as a whole to the forefront: as opposed to featuring high-tech electronic wearables, the agents will perform their tasks by relying on mechanical timepieces, which is a most welcome development for us watch lovers. There is likely going to be a wide array of 21st century gadgets assisting the agents in their work, but the allure of mechanical timepieces is still powerful enough to do away with the need for electronic wristwatches.
The Bremont Kingsman special edition watches will sport the 43 millimeter-wide and 16 millimeter-thick cases we have seen with the Bremont ALT1-WT models, water resistant to 100 meters, and available in rose gold, stainless steel, or DLC coated steel. While the movie’s premier screening is in February, the watches are available starting from January exclusively at Bremont boutiques and mrporter.com. Prices for the Bremont Kingsman are $6,495 in steel, $6,650 in DLC, and $20,285 in rose gold. bremont.com