Best of British
We meet the chaps at Bremont, and attempt to make a very tough watch
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
It would be easy to argue that Great Britain had invented time or, at the very least, provided it with some much-needed order.
In 1737, when Yorkshire carpenter John Harrison invented the marine chronometer, he single-handedly provided the British naval fleet with accurate navigation, in essence creating the world's first satnav by measuring the ship's longitudinal position - a task so fundamental to the nation's success that he was rewarded with £20,000 by Parliament. That's £2.6 million in today's money. Then, of course, there's Greenwich Mean Time, the point from which all nations measure time. Its international acceptance and adoption brought further order and ensured that you could always use jet lag as an excuse for a 9am pint of lager.
Words: Charlie Turner
Photos: Justin Leighton