Celebrating its recent partnership with Rolls-Royce and the brand’s all-electric speed record attempt, Bremont has released the new ionBird timepiece.
Flight has inspired and benefited us all – ok, perhaps not so much these days, but in general it’s a great thing. The question today is how aviation meets the demands of a growing, more connected society with sustainable, net zero carbon power. A race for that change has started and Rolls-Royce is pioneering this aviation revolution.
Bremont, in its role as Official Timing Partner, has partnered with Rolls-Royce on its all-electric speed record attempt. A dedicated team has been developing the plane, aptly called the Spirit of Innovation, and is aiming for the zero-emissions aircraft to be the fastest in history, surpassing the current record of 213mph (342km/ph) by reaching speeds over 300mph (482km/ph) early next year.
Aside from being a pinnacle of engineering, Spirit of Innovation marks a partnership between two global companies with British roots dedicated to precision engineering. Rolls-Royce has an incredible history of supporting record flying speed attempts dating back to the remarkable Schneider Trophies of the early 1930s, when R J Mitchell’s Supermarine S.6B flew to victory powered by the state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce ‘R’ engine. Bremont has previously paid homage to these incredible achievements with its Supermarine range of diving watches.
Bremont was involved in the design of the plane’s cockpit, which features a Bremont stopwatch, and also machined parts of the canopy release at its Henley-on-Thames manufacturing facility. To mark the new collaboration, Bremont has released the Bremont ionBird, a new mechanical chronometer that the test pilots will be wearing for the development and record-breaking flights.
The Bremont ionBird uses a lightweight aviation grade titanium 43mm case and houses a BE-93AE chronometer rated GMT movement which is safely cushioned against shock using Bremont’s proprietary ‘Anti-Shock’ technology inside the case. Two time zones are clearly displayed on the very readable dial, and there’s a nod to the early days of aviation with vintage feel numerals and bronze hands. The watch will be available on a brown nubuck strap.
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