Testing Extremes: The Bremont MB Viper

For the latest addition to Bremont’s manufactured movement series, the caliber ENG300, the British watchmaker created an extreme test environment for the model to endure prior to its debut. Created in partnership with British aviation company Martin-Baker, modeled the intense circumstances faced by a pilot, ultimately developing the limited edition MB Viper that seamlessly supports the practicality needed for robustness of extreme aviation. Launched last month, the watch showcases a new design direction for Bremont, with the MB Viper embodying the brand’s contemporary presence, while boasting its mastery of engineering and manufacturing specialty. 

Though the MB Viper is built to withstand intense environments, Bremont still ensures that the 43.5mm model is lightweight, using titanium and anodized aluminum for its case. The titanium surface is treated with matte black DLC and contrasted with an orange anodized aluminum top bezel. Securing Bremont’s Trip-Tick® case construction are four black screws in the corners of the orange layer. The tactile matte black lugs, which taper towards the screw down crown, have pocket-like inserts cut into them to further reduce weight. Completing the overall aesthetic, the MB Viper comes with two canvas straps, one in orange and the other in black.

Situated between the bold contrasting black and orange case is a stark white dial. It has a seconds track on its periphery with each hour marked by a green emission Super-LumiNova® marker. Just inside the ring are numerals that count the minutes in increments of five with dark-colored Arabic numerals that contrast the light dial for optimal legibility. Ticking across the dial, the hands are decorated with a chevron pattern that is a subdued nod to the signature ejection pull handles seen on fighter ejection seats. The minute hand uses a yellow coloring for its pattern, while the seconds hand takes shape in a bold, solid red hue.

The MB Viper is notably the first model in Bremont’s Martin-Baker collection to house an ENG300 movement. The self-winding caliber ENG352 operates with a silicon escape wheel and a free sprung hair spring. As a result of its vigorous pre-production testing, the mechanism is protected by an anti-shock component that allows it to maintain precise timekeeping through any turmoil. Visible through an exhibition caseback, its rhodium plated bridges are gold plated, while the remainder of the mechanism is decorated with fine graining and engraving. Ticking at a frequency of 25,200bph, the movement is capable of 65 hours of reserved power. 

The Bremont MB Viper is limited to 300 examples with pricing marked at $5,995. 

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