View Full Version : Victory Watch launch event 15th July 2012

07-31-2012, 08:52 AM
I know that Piers couldn't make the launch, so here's a quick post on the Victory watch.

HMS Victory is the only surviving warship that fought in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic wars. In the latter she served as Lord Nelson's flagship at the decisive Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and she continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord. That she should play host to the launch of a watch that not only shares her name, but also original parts of her superstructure, was something more than a little special. So when I received an invite to this event from Giles and Nick English at Bremont, I jumped at the chance. Travelling down from London with numerous proper watch journalists (including representatives from #watchnerd favourites QP Magazine and 00/24 Watchworld), I must admit to feeling more than a little inadequate. But back to the watches...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7269/7678230646_fbf33f73ab.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7678230646/)
Caseback (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7678230646/) by Noodlefish (http://www.flickr.com/people/noodlefish/), on Flickr

The Victory Watch stems from Bremont's close association with the Navy, through working previously with the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and the Royal Navy Historic Flight. However, from the sounds of it, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, GCB, DL, Chairman of the Trustees of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, wasn't going to let just anyone waltz off with original parts of the oldest naval ship still in commission. Luckily for Bremont, they passed muster, and were granted unprecedented access to parts of the wooden superstructure and even a copper nail. These parts have been used in both the trademark Bremont mid-barrel (see below) and the caseback of the Victory watch (above).

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7678232082_4ddfeeeb32.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7678232082/)
Victory Barrel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7678232082/) by Noodlefish (http://www.flickr.com/people/noodlefish/), on Flickr

The watch itself marks something of a departure for the guys from Henley-on-Thames: not only does it use the most complicated mechanical movement within any Bremont watch to date, but it is also their first foray into the world of precious metals. For the Victory is available in both a Limited Edition of 200 stainless steel pieces, as well as 40 in 18 carat rose gold (at left). As you can see from the photos, the watch shares many of the features that have become associated with Bremont watches:

the TripTick three-piece construction, showing off the beautiful curved lugs that can be found on all Brmeont watches
an easy-to-read, subtly embossed dial that seems both modern and reminiscent of marine chronometers
a railway-style track above the minutes, just like the EP120; and
a red triangle on the rehaut at twelve o'clock.
It's a very Bremont watch, combining the best of the new with a great deal of the old.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7121/7678231104_03de003528.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7678231104/)
Bremont Victory RG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7678231104/) by Noodlefish (http://www.flickr.com/people/noodlefish/), on Flickr

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08-04-2012, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the report and photos Mat, sorry been on hols!