British brand Bremont has released a new variant of their popular ALT1-C chronograph. This new variant, the ALT1-C Griffon, is designed to pay tribute to the Spitfire variant that was powered by Rolls Royce Griffon engines.
Bremont was founded by the brothers Nick and Giles English and is based in Henley-on-Thames Incidentally, the co-founders’ father Euan was a former RAF pilot and technician and actually flew a Spitfire Griffon while he was in service. The PR Mk XIX was the last of the specialized photo reconnaissance variants of the Spitfire, one of the few with a Griffon engine.
The original ALT1-C was a pilot’s chronograph and was launched in 2007. The watch has a 43 mm hardened steel case that has the brand’s characteristic Trip-Tick construction. The case is 16 mm thick and features a scratch-resistant black DLC barrel and is fitted with a sapphire crystal caseback.
The updated dial has a more military instrument feel to it, it feels more like a dial from the brand’s Airco family. The bi-compax chronograph layout has a 30-minute counter at 3 o’ clock and a running seconds hand at 9. The vintage-style Super-Luminiva used on the dial is reminiscent of the lume one might have seen military equipment from the Spitfire-era.
The watch is powered by Caliber BE-50AE, which is a modified self-winding ETA 7750 movement automatic. Bremont has used a Glucydur balance, and Anachron balance spring, and a Nivaflex 1 mainspring on this movement. It has a 42 hour power reserve and an escapement that beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph). Bremont also fits the movement with a skeletonized rotor.
All watches in Bremont’s core product range use chronometer-grade movements and this one is no different. The movement is rated to an ISO 3159 rating, the baseline recognized by the 163 international members of the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization. The watch is priced at £4,995.00 (About $5,900 or AED21,800).