has joined the elite group of brands and retailers that nurture homegrown horological talent by supporting the British School of Watchmaking.
Established in 2004, the British School of Watchmaking is an independent institution dedicated to training a new generation of British watchmakers. As far back as 2002 key figures showed a shortage of qualified watchmakers in the UK, which meant brands and retailers struggled to employ domestic talent for quality after-sales service. Aiming to fill the shortage in the skills market, the British School of Watchmaking took its first six students in 2006, and continues to produce graduates counted as some of the world's finest young watchmakers.
Bremont's long term commitment to the British School of Watchmaking will enable the school to expand further, and is described as "a natural extension of what the company is already doing". Bremont is currently on a long term staged investment programme to develop mechanical watch manufacturing in the UK, where key movement and case components will be assembled and finished in the brand's Henley-on-Thames headquarters.
Bremont co-founder Nick English said: "Right from the outset, a key motivator for Giles and myself with Bremont has been the bringing of watch-manufacture on a significant scale back to British shores. To achieve this and the future supply of British watchmakers, schools like this are absolutely essential. We are honoured to have been invited to join the school as partners alongside some very well respected and established watch brands."
Students at the British School of Watchmaking will be offered work experience opportunities at Bremont.
Mark Hearn, Director of the British School of Watchmaking, said: "We are delighted that Bremont has joined the ranks of supporters of the BSoW going forward, and as a British brand, it is a natural fit for the school, and I am sure, will be beneficial to both parties."