Best of British
We meet the chaps at Bremont, and attempt to make a very tough watch
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
As we poke around the SF box, Nick distracts me by introducing Stuart Duff, Bremont's head watchmaker. Between Stuart's team and their counterparts in Biel, Bremont builds over 6,000 watches a year. But the goal is grander than that. Upwards of 20,000 per year, in fact. "At that number, the level of development budget becomes very exciting indeed," says Nick. But before that, he plans to utilise the skills of the UK's motorsport valley to develop new watch technologies that match Bremont's exacting standards. Quite where they go from the mindblowing tech they already use is hard to fathom. Take the MBII. Stuart lays out the pieces of one before me: the movement, three hands, a case, the sapphire glass (coated in an anti-reflective covering 10 times on both sides), the Faraday cage and anti-shock ring, the seals and a number of screws so small that if you sneezed you'd have to find some more.
With the patience of a diplomat, Stuart shows me how to attach the hands and face. So it's on with an eyeglass to magnify the hour hand as I attempt to grasp it with a pair of tweezers. After fumbling around for a while (a long while), I finally manage to place the hand over the pinion and press it into place. Then I check that the date turns over as the hour hand hits midnight. It ticks over at 10:23. Time to start again. After many attempts and some swearing I finally manage to get the date change to within the allotted six minutes. One hand down, two to go. At this point, we should make it very clear that this is a practice watch and will never, ever be sold.