The Bremont 2016 Limited edition celebrates the astonishing DE HAVILLAND DH-88 comet, Grosvenor House, the aircraft that captured the world’s imagination with a phenomenal record-breaking flight in 1934. Fighting exhaustion and significant mechanical challenges, whilst barely stopping for over three days, two men in their pioneering British racing aircraft won the incredible air-race from England to Australia.
During the golden age of flight, the England to Australia record became the goal of many legendary aviators. The Smith brothers first completed the hazardous journey in 1919, taking 27 days and 20 hours. There would be many failures, but repeated attempts saw the time gradually reduced to just over seven days by 1934. The infamous Macrobertson air race aimed to, and succeeded in, shrinking that record further and in doing so, encourage the operation of a fast and safe commercial air route to Australia.
To commemorate this feat and to raise funds for the Shuttleworth collection, Bremont introduces the ‘Limited edition Bremont DH-88’ chronometer, a special timepiece which has been painstakingly handcrafted in the company’s workshops in England and in an elegant style reminiscent of that wonderful 1930s era.
The 282 stainless steel and 82 rose gold cases house the beautifully finished Be-54aechronometer rated chronograph movement with GMT functionality. Constructed ensuring the durability and precision Bremont is renowned for, the timepieces also incorporate original spruce plywood from the undercarriage assembly of this winning aircraft.
Calibre 13 ¼’’’ BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 42-hour power reserve. Each Bremont DH-88 Limited Edition rotor features some of the spruce plywood used in the original 1934 de Havilland Comet ‘Grosvenor House’.
Hour, minute, second, date at 6H, chronograph small counters with seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, 24 hour GMT hand
Available in hardened polished stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold. Bremont Trip-Tick® case construction with scratch-resistant DLC treated case barrel with vintage style crown
Case diameter 43mm, height 16.2mm, lug width 22mm
Exhibition type with integrated flat crystal, secured with5 polished headed screws
Engraved markings with specific limited edition serial number
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres
Metal dial with fine opalin matt black base colour decorated with period Arabic numerals, opalin silver white sub-dials with DH-88 designation
Flat polished nickel (stainless steel version) and solid 18 carat rose gold (rose gold version) rounded hands with SuperLumiNova® centre fill
C.O.S.C chronometer tested. Individually serial numbered with accompanying C.O.S.C certification
Alligator strap with pin buckle to complement case material