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    Fragile but Agile The BREMONT P-51

    Following on from the great success and interest generated by the arrival of the very special and unique EP120 Limited Edition watch back in late 2008, Bremont are releasing the Limited Edition Bremont P-51, a chronograph chronometer built with original parts from the famous 1944 Mustang WWII aircraft P-51K-10 (serial number 44-12016), a Pacific war veteran also known as Fragile but Agile.

    Original aluminium metal from the aircraft fuselage is integrated into both the dial and the movement of the timepiece; with the dial itself inspired by the clocks found in the P-51 aircraft. The 43mm hardened steel Trip-Tick case, using Bremonts B-EBE2000 technol- ogy, integrates the new rotating Roto-Click inner bezel that houses four ball-bearings inside the case. As with many of Bremonts latest watch designs, the P-51 is assembled the companys atelier in England rather than their workshop in Biel-Bienne in Switzerland, and houses a modified Swiss BE-54A automatic chronometer movement that also shows UTC time. The watch will be limited to only 251 pieces and will retail at 7,450.00. The watch is to be unveiled at Basel 2011 and released in the autumn.

    P-51K-10 (serial number 44-12016) rolled off the North American Aviation assembly line in Dallas, Texas, on 18 December 1944 and was then loaded on to a ship on the 15th January 1945 for an assignment in the Far East. It was to take part in the American campaign to retake the Philippine Islands from the Japanese. On arrival in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, the aircraft was assigned to the 342nd Fighter Squadron of the 348th Fighter Group, which then was stationed at the San Marcelino airbase, just north of Manila Bay.

    Lt. Bert Lee Jr. was assigned to fly the aircraft and was credited with two confirmed victo- ries during the war, which accounts for the two Japanese flags painted below his name on the plane. One was a Japanese A6M Zero fighter near Manila and the other a twin-engine "Betty" bomber. A lot of Lt. Lees missions in the P-51 were ground support in what was then Indochina.

    Lee and his Mustang both survived the war. Following its time in the US Air Force, Fragile but Agile then spent time serving with both the Swedish and Israeli military before eventu- ally being restored by pilot and collector Stephen Grey and The Fighter Collection based at Duxford in the UK. In 2009 the Mustang was acquired by another collector and good friend of Stephens Dan Friedkin, based in Houston, Texas.

    The Bremont Watch Company is a British company that was started by brothers Nick and Giles English in 2002. They offer a range of highly developed aviation inspired timepieces of exceptional quality and high aesthetic value.

    Bremont had the honour of being awarded the Walpole Award for Best Emerging British Luxury Brand at the 2008 Walpole Awards for British excellence which took place in November 2008.

    Bremont P-51 Features

    MOVEMENT: Modified calibre 13 1/4" BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspiring, 28,800bph, 42 hour power reserve. Hand-crafted aluminum rotor from 44-12016 skin.

    FUNCTIONS: Hour/minute/second, date at 4H, chronograph with seconds and 30 minutes, 24 hour UTC hand.

    CASE: Hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip Tick construction with scratch resistant PVD treated case barrel. Case diameter 43.00mm, lug width 22.00mm, case thickness 16.00mm

    CASE BACK: Stainless steel with integrated flat crystal, 5 stainless steel screws with polished heads.

    BEZEL: Internally rotating bezel operated by crown at 8H with Bremont Roto-Click technology.

    DIAL: Metal dial with various ground colours with integrated aluminum sub-dial from 44-12016 skin. Coated nickel hands with bespoke SuperLumiNova

    CRYSTAL: Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

    WATER RESISTANCE: Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres.

    RATINGS: C.O.S.C chronometer tested.

    BRACELET: Tanned embossed calf-skin leather strap with stainless steel solid deployment buckle and engraved security clasp.

    CERTIFICATION: Every watchcase and movement is engraved with its Bremont serial number and is accom- panied by its C.O.S.C certification.

    LIMITED EDITION: P-51 limited to 251 pieces.

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    amazing watch........

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    I think this looks great!
    prefer it to the EP120!

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    This is the one that court my eye on the jura site yesterday, love this and now available for pre order little bit out my price range thou

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