Bremont has unveiled the Supersonic, a limited edition timepiece featuring its first handwound movement, and incorporating parts of one of the most iconic planes in history, the Concorde. The watch celebrates the 50th anniversary of the plane that famously halved the time of transatlantic crossings.
The watch incorporates aluminum from a 1970s Concorde plane into its case. In partnership with British Airways, metal from the G-BOAB Concorde, known as Alpha Bravo, was donated to Bremont to incorporate into these unique timepieces. This is the latest in Bremont’s series of special editions featuring materials representing significant events and institutions in British history as seen in 2013’s Codebreaker and last year’s 1918 Limited Edition.
The watch’s case, constructed in Bremont’s modular “Trip-Tick” style, measures 43 mm in diameter and 14.56 mm thick. Each case features a decorated inner ring within the exhibition caseback, underneath the sapphire glass, machined from aluminum taken from the Concorde. Adorning each of these rings are vital stats from the aircraft: number and registration, top speed, years of active service, and number of supersonic flights.
Another scratch-resistant, nonreflective sapphire crystal in the front covers the sunray-patterned, silvery white dial, which evokes the Concorde’s specially developed, highly reflective white paint job. The blued hour and minute hands on the stainless steel watch, and the blued small-seconds hand on all the models, reflect the British Airways blue on the Concorde’s livery, while a (very) subtle motif of the plane’s silhouette decorates the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, which intersects a small, round date window.
Another, more prominent instance of the Concorde’s aerodynamic silhouette can be found in the movement, which Bremont has dubbed Caliber BE-11M, a manual winder with a 21,600-vph frequency and, notably, an eight-day power reserve, which is on display in a subdial at 12 o’clock on the dial. Visible through the clear caseback and surrounded by the aluminum ring from the G-BOAB Concorde, the movement’s plate is not only enhanced with côtes de Genève but also forms a cutout silhouette of the namesake aircraft.
The Bremont Supersonic in stainless steel, with blued steel hands and Connolly leather strap in Concorde blue, is limited to 300 pieces and retails for $12,495. The rose gold model, with rose gold hands and indices and brown crocodile strap, is limited to 100 pieces and is priced at $22,495. The white-gold Supersonic, with nickel hands and a blue croc leather strap, is also limited to 100 pieces and sells for $23,995.