In 2019, Bremont launched its Armed Forces collection, a series of watches developed in partnership with Britain’s Ministry of Defence and inspired by the legendary “Dirty Dozen” timepieces worn by British Army officers in World War II. As the sole luxury watch company permitted to use the signs, symbols, and Heraldic Badges of the U.K.’s three military branches, Bremont expanded the collection last year with a trio of bronze-cased models. This year, in celebration of the Silver Armed Forces Covenant award it received for its continuing support of its country’s military, the London-based watchmaker has released the Broadsword Jet, an Armed Forces collection model that combines a black DLC-coated case with bronze details and becomes Bremont’s first-ever watch sold exclusively online.
Based on the original Broadsword, the model in the Armed Forces collection that most directly references the utilitarian field-watch design of the Dirty Dozen, the Broadsword Jet stands apart from its predecessors with its use of an extra-durable, scratch-resistant, nonreflective DLC coating on its two-part steel case. Adding a touch of visual panache to its predominantly black dial are bronze-colored satin finishes on the hands (for the central hours and minutes as well as on the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock) and a bronze fluted crown. The hands and the dial’s Arabic numerals and indexes, interrupted only by a date window at 3 o’clock, are all coated with multiple layers of mint-colored Super-LumiNova.
Like previous Broadsword watches, the Broadsword Jet has a solid, screwed caseback stamped with the badges of all three of Great Britain’s military services, the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force. Behind that caseback is Bremont’s Caliber BE-95-2AV, an automatic, COSC-certified chronometer movement that stores a power reserve of 38 hours and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz). The rubber strap is in Bremont’s “Temple Island” style, which offers a texture similar to leather while also being water-resistant; it fastens to the wrist with a pin buckle made of bronze to echo the dial’s details.
The Bremont Broadsword is available for purchase exclusively on the Bremont website (www.bremont.com) and is priced in the U.S. at $3,795.
|Manufacturer:||Bremont Watch Company, The Wing, Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4GE, United Kingdom|
|Reference number:||Broadsword Jet|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, small seconds, date|
|Movement:||Bremont Caliber BE-95-2AV, automatic, 28,800 vph frequency, 38-hour power reserve, 31 jewels, Anachron balance spring, Glucydur balance, COSC chronometer certification|
|Case:||Satin-finished and polished two-part steel case with black DLC coating, bronze screw-down crown, domed, antireflective sapphire crystal, water resistant to 100 meters|
|Bracelet and clasp:||Black Temple Island rubber strap with bronze buckle|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 40 mm, lug width = 20 mm|