Watches: Bremont Boeing Model 1 and Model 247 (live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 8, 2014
Not so long ago Bremont announced a new partnership with Boeing and as I was heading to the brand’s splendid new stand at Baselworld, I was really anxious to discover the first series of models born from this extremely fitting collaboration.
Two timepieces, respectively named Boeing Model 1 and Boeing Model 247, have been unveiled during the fair. With their 43 mm Trip Tick cases and their uni-directionally rotating bezels adorned with a black ring, these newcomers surely share a common DNA and a clear reference to Boeing through the subtle use of the airplane manufacturer’s blue on the tip of the seconds hand, the logo at 6 o’clock and the stitches of the strap.
In fact, they share a much deeper connection to Boeing than meets the eye as the case has been crafted in 465 stainless steel, a proprietary aviation-grade steel provided by Boeing and, needless to say, used for the first time in watchmaking. For next year, Bremont has planned to release new versions of these watches using Boeing’s aviation grade Ti-64 titanium.
The Boeing Model 1 is a time-and-date timepiece housing the BE-36AE self-winding calibre with a 38-hour power reserve while the Boeing Model 247 is the first chronograph of this exciting collection. It is equipped with Bremont’s BE-50AE calibre, a self-winding movement that beats at 28,800 vph and offers 42 hours of power reserve. The sapphire crystal case back of both models lets you admire the beautifully finished movement inside with Bremont’s Boeing moulded and skeletonised decorated oscillating weight.
Each model comes with either a white or black dial (always with the blue accents of course) and is presented on a Seattle hybrid strap (leather-polymer composite) with blue stitches. Each watch is also delivered with a NATO military nylon strap. The Boeing Model 1 retails at £3,595 and the price tag for the Boeing Model 247 is £4,495.
As always with Bremont, a lot of attention has been paid to the smallest details and these new timepieces look absolutely stunning. Given the level of craftsmanship, the materials used and the overall appeal of the design, I truly believe that they also represent an excellent value for money. My preference goes to the Boeing Model 1 with black dial: the blue touches contrast superbly with the black and the uncluttered time-only version has a purity that I find very elegant.
At this year’s Baselworld, the brand presented two additional models that look equally stunning and deserve a full article. I will thus present them very soon with our usual live pictures. However, I could not finish this first presentation of Bremont’s novelties without showing you something else: the USB drive with the press material the brand gave us. It is by far one of the top three USB drives we received this year in terms of design and clearly the perfect one for Bremont, a brand so deeply attached to the world of aviation. Enjoy…