Bremont celebrates its first movement series to be manufactured in the United Kingdom with the new limited-edition Longitude.
You might not know this, but back in the 1800s, close to half of the world’s clocks and pocket watches were made in the United Kingdom, as was much of the horological design and innovation. It has always been watchmaker Bremont’s ambition to bring the art of industrial high-end watchmaking home and now the company has marked its first movement to be produced in the British Isles with the introduction of the limited-edition Longitude.
As reflected by its name, the Bremont Longitude pays tribute to Great Britain’s role in clock and watchmaking, and its contribution to time, astronomy, and navigation.
Not only does it house the brand’s first manufactured movement from its new ENG300 movement series but it also incorporates original brass from the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line – the line that marks the historic position where the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, made his observations and laid the foundations for accurate timekeeping and navigation – at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London. If that’s not a talking point we don’t know what is.
The 22 jewelled ENG376 movement boasts an enviable technical
specification. With a depth of 4.95mm and a diameter of 25.6mm, the
ENG376 features a silicon escapement and a custom balance bridge
and a full tungsten rotor, both of which have been designed to reflect the architecture of Bremont’s state-of-the-art headquarters at The Wing.
The original Flamsteed Meridian Line brass can be seen forming a ring in the back of the Longitude timepiece, engraved with the serial number of
the watch. The watch’s 65 hours power reserve is indicated at the 6 o’clock position and resembles the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s red time ball, a simple yet ingenious visual device that gave nineteenth-century sailors accurate time.
Limited to just 150 steel, 75 rose gold, and 75 white gold pieces, the Longitude also features a big date function and an offset seconds hand at 9-o’clock.
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