You’d have to have been living under a rock not to know that British watch-making sensation Bremont was planning to launch something pretty amazing this month.
And last night (July 23) we got to find out. At the Art and Space Gallery in the Science Museum, Bremont co-founders Nick and Giles English unveiled the Wright Flyer. The watch, which is so called because it the rotor will contain a piece of the muslin used to cover the wing of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Wright Flyer plane, also houses Bremont’s first ever in-house movement.
The movement, which is already causing controversy in some quarters, has been designed and developed in the UK, with , according to the press release, many of its constituent parts crafted at the brand’s workshop in Henley-on-Thames.
The muslin was donated to the brothers by Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandneice of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Speaking about why she decided to give the muslin to the brothers, Wright Lane said: “The wing cloth from the 1903 Wright Flyer is considered almost priceless by some, but we felt Bremont’s passion for aviation heritage made them a suitable voice for this rare use of the cloth. The Bremont Wright Flyer is a stunning way to launch our brand in international markets and is sure to become one of the most valuable watches ever made.”
Joking that the muslin was like the Turin Shroud only real, Bremont co-founder Nick English added: “Giles and I still can’t believe that it’s happened. Holding the original and invaluable muslin used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer is incredibly emotive. Does the creation of a special aviation-inspired watch 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.”
The watches are available in stainless steel, rose gold and white gold and are limited to 300, 100 and 50 pieces respectively. Prices are POA at the moment and proceeds from the collection will go towards restoring the home of the Wright brothers in Daytona, Ohio so it can be opened as a museum.
We predict these watches are going to fly out of the stores… (Sorry, could’t resist)