When we hear the name Bremont we get excited! It makes us think about the Codebreaker or the Victory, an appreciation of all things important to British heritage; and now we will have one more reason to get fired up – the Bremont Wellington! The final defeat of the French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is marked by the Battle of Waterloo which took place in Belgium on June 18th 1815. Napoleon conquered much of continental Europe at the start of the 19th century by working his way through French army ranks, seizing control over the French government and finally becoming emperor in 1804. France’s empire stretched from Spain to the Russian border leaving not much else other than Britain to be conquered. Having encountered a number of military challenges coupled with weather-related difficulties, Napoleon’s Army become weak – a chance for his allied forces (mainly Austria and Prussia) to fight back. Eventually the Duke of Wellington combined forces with those of the east and Napoleon would not only abdicate the thrown but be exiled to the small island of Elba.
Now two years on, the Henley-based brand, Bremont have announced a breathtaking timepiece in honour of the Duke of Wellington, beautifully engineered with rose gold mechanical chronometer and a clean white backdrop. The design supports delicately balanced chronograph sub-dials that demonstrate the brand’s unique yet understated expert handiwork. The timepiece has been cleverly balanced with historical sentiment and a subtle elegance, both desirable concepts which we can often easily distinguish within a classic Bremont creation. Making a stand for Europe and the UK by celebrating one of the most unforgettable of British battles, the Wellington embodies English heritage with huge emphasis on military culture. The iconic timekeeping instrument illustrates Bremont’s clear determination and their drive for marking memorable chronicles within history that are responsible for shaping the future of English civilisation. The Seventh Coalition’s powerful victory over the French Army at Waterloo is portrayed through an emblematic and archetypal piece of craftsmanship that denotes passion and nostalgia via an exquisite feature that has never been found in any other watch before. Bremont have incorporated a one-off rarity into their newest sensation. At precisely 18:15 each evening, the watch strikes up a musical tribute to reference the historical event in the form of the pop song “Waterloo” performed by the Swedish band ABBA. The record was not only the brand’s first single but also won them the Eurovision Song Contest title in 1974. Bremont believe the tune, played from a tiny in-built speaker, to be a fitting tribute to acknowledge the special occasion and a subtle one at that. It has not yet been confirmed how many pieces will be made available to mark the important revolutionary milestone however, one definite certainty will be that of the welcoming approval of many dedicated Bremont collectors as well as history enthusiasts. The all singing all dancing watch follows in the Bremont tradition of celebrating momentous landmarks of history through exclusively crafted Limited Edition collectables and will resonate with many who have strong connections to a military background, not to mention those who have a natural affinity to pure quintessential watchmaking with firm British roots.
Pre-orders along with additional information on the new Bremont Wellington can be found here.