To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic supersonic airliner Concorde, Bremont teamed up with British Airways for its latest Supersonic watch which is the eighth historical limited edition timepiece in the lineup. Thanks to a partnership with British Airways, the watch incorporates parts of the G-BOAB Concorde (known as Alpha Bravo) that was donated to Bremont specially for this occasion. As the third Concorde to join the celebrated British Airways fleet, this donor aircraft — an icon of the 20th century — has been sitting pretty at the edge of Heathrow’s airfield as the last of its kind there.
“The Concorde is such an amazing aircraft and it’s something that Nick [English] and I wanted to build a watch around, but we couldn’t have done this on our own,” said Bremont co-founder, Giles English told journalists at a recent stop to promote the timepiece in New York City. “We had to work with British Airways on this—Nick and I felt very strong about that. British Airways was fundamental in funding the Concorde, flying it, and keeping it going for so long.”
Boasting a style that evokes the 1970s, the Supersonic watch comes in a choice of cases, with the sunburst Sunray Silver White dial representing the Concorde’s distinct reflective paint.
At 12 o’clock is the eight-day power reserve indicator and the seconds are shown in a subdial at six o’clock. Meanwhile, blue hands pay homage to Concorde’s British Airways livery.
Under the sapphire crystal on the reverse is a decorative ring made from the metal from Alpha Bravo etched with the aircraft’s number and registration, years of active service, number of supersonic flights, and top speed.
The watch is powered by a modified 33-jewel BE-11M manual caliber, has a rated frequency of 21,600 vph, and sports a Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring with Nivaflex mainspring.
It’s sealed in a 43-mm stainless steel, white gold, or rose gold case with front and back anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystals and is water resistant to 10 ATM (100 m, 330 ft). The strap is of Connolly leather in Concorde blue/blue or a crocodile/brown alligator strap with matching pin buckle.
Bremont Supersonic is available in a limited edition of 300 stainless steel, 100 white gold, and 100 rose gold pieces. Prices range from US$12,495 to US$23,995.