British luxury watch brand Bremont launches U-22, an extension of the U-2 collection which was originally designed for and inspired by the elite U-2 spy plane squadron. The new U-22 design is the result of a high profile military project where Bremont was commissioned to update the original U-2, using the extensive testing history behind it, but built and custom-tested to specific requirements. Taking its design cues from this squadron timepiece the U-22 features a newly developed bezel design together with a new barrel colour and date design for the range.
True to its aviation roots, the updated date display was designed to reflect the view on an altimeter which balances the dial well. There is also a difference with the bi-directional rotating inner bezel, originally designed to measure 60 minutes, and altered in the U-22 to a compass quadrant of a pilot which is often useful in navigation weather mapping. The bronze barrel colour was specifically inspired by a number of military watches Bremont has produced in the past based on the anti-reflective coating used on their cockpit canopies.
With its proven military credibility the U-2 series has been comprehensively tested on missions flying at 100,000 ft for over 12 hour stints and tested to temperatures as low as -50 degrees. This durable pilot’s watch is elegant, legible and tough. The chronometer certified U-22 incorporates advanced technology including Bremont’s renowned anti-shock rubberised movement mount, designed to withstand the MB ejection seat programme, and Roto-Click® technology. Unlike the original U-2 the U-22 has an exhibition case back showing the beautiful automatic movement.
Modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-36AE automatic chronometer
25 jewels, Glucydur balance
Anachron balance spring
Nivaflex 1 mainspring
38 hour power reserve
Bremont skeletonised decorated rotor
Hour, minute, second, date and day at 3H
Hardened stainless steel Trip-Tick® case construction with bi-directional rotating bezel
Partial inner soft iron anti-magnetic Faraday cage to protect movement
Protective patented anti-shock movement mount
Case diameter 43mm, lug width 22mm
Case back: Stainless steel with integrated flat crystal, 6 stainless steel screws with polished heads
Bezel: Patented inner bi-directional Roto-Click® bezel. Operated by crown at 4H
Crystal: Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres
Metal dial, SuperLumiNova® coated numerals and hands
C.O.S.C chronometer tested and certified.
Calf-skin leather strap and Temple Island rubber strap