New Watch: Bremont ALT1-C/PW Chronographby
British watchmaker Bremont is all about reliability. The founders are pilots themselves, and from the outset only wanted to build watches that could survive the toughest conditions. This might not sound like a winning formula for a dress watch, but the ALT1-C/PW takes the familiar and robust ALT1-C sport chronograph and wraps it in a polished case and an understated dial. This is a dress watch for the guy who doesn't like dress watches.
First Thoughts: Bremont typically makes watches for flying vintage Spitfires and trekking across the Ross Ice Shelf, not sipping Krug and arguing about "The Death of Klinghoffer." And that's just fine -- the brand has a schtick, and, importantly, does its thing well. But this watch manages to stay true to the buff technology that defines Bremont's watches, while also adopting dressed-up tropes like a clean off-white dial, serifed Arabic numerals, and polished case. The ALT1-C/PW has a nearly identical sibling in rose gold, but the polished steel just feels much more Bremont.
Cocktail Party Fact: Even though it's meant to be a more formal watch, the ALT1-C/PW still uses Bremont's beefy Trip-Tick case design. This has been Bremont's signature from the beginning. The system has three parts: a top section with built-in bezel and lugs, a middle barrel that gives the watch its steep sides, and the screw-mounted back that holds everything together. By minimizing the number of small, fiddly parts, the Trip-Tick case can really take a beating.
- Case Diameter: 43mm
- Case Thickness: 16mm
- Case Materials: Polished stainless steel with sapphire caseback
- Dial: Off-white metal
- Strap: Black alligator with steel pin buckle
- Complications: Chronograph with 30-minute counter and date window
- Certifications: COSC chronometer
- Reference Number: ALT1-C/PW
- Caliber: BE-50AE
- Parts: Number unreleased
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Winding: Automatic
- Finishing: Custom rotor with cutouts and "Bremont" engraving
- Availability: Non-limited edition, available from late November
- Price: $6,695
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