Best of British
We meet the chaps at Bremont, and attempt to make a very tough watch
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
"As I was recovering," says Nick, "Giles and I began discussing what to do with our lives. I was working in the city in corporate finance and hated it. But we'd always had a passion for watches..." This probably has much to do with his father, who would buy old clocks and leave them in the workshop for the boys to strip and rebuild. "We knew our way around them from an early age," says Nick. "But what we really wanted was to create a mechanical watch inspired by our love of aviation and passion for engineering. So we chose our price point of £4k-5k and set out to create the best engineered timepiece for that price anywhere in the world."
In the late Nineties, while kicking around ideas for their new company, Nick and Giles were flying their vintage Bücker Jungmann biplane down to the South of France when the weather closed in and they were forced to make an emergency landing in a farmer's field. "Landing in a field in France causes all kinds of hassle," says Nick. "In the UK, you just buy the farmer a nice bottle of something and when the weather clears you're on your way. But in France, they tell you it's not safe to take off and then you have to take the wings off the plane." But fortunately this particular farmer was much kinder. He helped them wheel their plane into his barn, opened a bottle of red and showed them round the workshop, which just happened to be full of disassembled watches and clocks. In the morning, with the clouds lifted, the boys departed as the farmer (and wartime pilot) waved them off. His name? Antoine Bremont.