Only iconic aircraft like Concorde are suitable as inspiration for equally eye-catching timepieces such as the replica Bremont Supersonic. This award-winning luxury British watch brand introduced its eighth historical limited edition timepiece with its superb watch design to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Concorde and celebrate its position in aviation history.
For those unfamiliar with the Bremont brand, the co-founders Nick and Giles English started manufacturing mechanical watches in Henley-on-Thames in 2002, only one year after the Concorde officially bid farewell to flying in 2003.
The brothers invested in a new British parts manufacturing plant in 2014, which allowed them to produce their own watch cases and movement components. From here, Bremont copy was able to rank among the world’s top astronomical watch manufacturers, thus giving birth to innovative luxury watches such as Supersonic models.
What is the history behind the Concorde?
The iconic Concorde undoubtedly stands out in the field of civil aviation with its unique silhouette and the roar of four Rolls-Royce Olympus engines. When she flew overhead, she was immediately recognized.
Her characteristic “Slender Delta” wing has a back curved line, which is made of a solid piece of aluminum. The wing of a traditional subsonic aircraft will have more than 50 movable equipment, while Concorde will not. On the contrary, there are 6 trailing edge “elevons” on the plane, which reduces drag and increases strength. Another distinguishing feature of her is her aerodynamics, with a 24-foot-long needle-like nose that can “descent” to one of two positions, thereby improving the pilot’s vision of the runway and taxiway.
Supersonic flight means that the Concorde is under extreme thermodynamic pressure, causing the fuselage to heat up and stretch to 11 inches. As a result of this huge expansion, special highly reflective paints have been developed and taken into account when laying cabin carpets.
At a supersonic speed of Mach 2 (Mach 1 is the speed of an aircraft equal to the speed of sound) faster than a rifle bullet, more than 2.5 million British Airways passengers fly at twice the speed of sound. Concorde is the longest-serving supersonic civil aircraft in the world. While breaking records, it also demonstrated the brilliance of beauty and engineering.
How does Bremont’s supersonic speed show consonance?
The establishment of the Bremont brand coincided with the principles of aviation and military, British engineering and adventure. The design and visionary production of the groundbreaking Concorde adopted all key aspects.
Bremont Supersonic will release three versions:
Supersonic stainless steel
Supersonic rose gold
The influence of Concorde can be found in all three variants of this model, and many features of the watch pay tribute to the design elements and visionary aspects of this breakthrough aircraft.
First of all, Chaoyang’s white metal dial represents a highly reflective paint developed specifically for innovative aircraft. Supplemented by the second top luxury replica watches dial, at 6 o’clock, you can find the subtle pattern of the iconic contour of the Concorde. Finally, the blue stainless steel hands on the supersonic stainless steel and the blue Connolly leather strap, similar to the blue of British Airways found on the famous uniform of Concorde.
In a special partnership with British Airways (British Airways), Bremont got talented aluminum from Concorde and incorporated it into the unique “Bremont Supersonic” timepiece. This metal is taken from the third Concorde and added to the British Airways fleet G-BOAB Concorde, which is known as Alpha Bravo.
This excellent aircraft was registered in 1974, and by 1984, she had completed the distance record for a passenger plane, flying 4,565 miles from Washington to Nice, which was outstanding at the time. Aluminum from Alpha Bravo was used to make a special metal ring surrounding the improved movement.
This unique ring is machined and has the main characteristics of a breakthrough aircraft:
These details truly respect the original Concorde and lock the memory of the famous Alpha Bravo in the new complex craftsmanship. Incorporating this history into these watches is an incredibly poignant feature of this series, and perhaps the most beautiful way to connect Bremont Supersonic and Concorde.
What made the supersonic revolution happen in Bremont?
Concorde is an innovation in the aviation industry, and the Bremen supersonic represents a new initiative in the field of Bremen movement manufacturing. Supersonic has Bremont’s first manual pneumatic function. It uses a BE-11M movement with a rated frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
Equally impressive is the 8-day power reserve, and the indicator is located at the 12 o’clock position on the dial for excellent visualization.
In addition, the movement also incorporates the prestigious Concorde silhouette to remind people of the inspiration behind this excellent timepiece. The case will be made of BremontTrip-Tick® structure with a diameter of 43mm.
The limited edition Bremont Supersonic is packed in a special packaging box inspired by Concorde. Part of the proceeds of these unique timepieces are donated to the Aviation Alliance Foundation.
The organization works with British Airways to support its “Inspire” employment program, which enables young people to learn how to fly. This unique box is a sleek and majestic way of safe supersonic storage and a visual reminder of Bremen’s history.
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