The Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition
has been revealed, an exciting new watch that incorporates original material from the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft, and the first Bremont in-house movement.
The 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft was built and designed by the Wright Brothers in Dayton, Ohio, and became the first machine to conquer the air. Some of the original fabric from that first ever powered aircraft has been used in Bremont's 2014 limited edition timepiece, a project made possible by the Wright family's passion for Bremont's aviation heritage.
"Our partnership with Bremont on the Limited Edition Wright Flyer watch is a natural fit," said Wright family member Amanda Wright Lane. "Bremont’s dedication to historical themes, particularly in aviation, demonstrated by their iconic limited edition watches, all incorporating genuine historic artefacts, caught our attention immediately. As a top quality watchmaker, the brand is a perfect fit for the Wright brothers’ legacy. The wing cloth from the 1903 Wright Flyer is considered almost priceless by some, but we felt Bremont’s passion for aviation heritage made them a suitable choice for this rare use of the cloth. The Bremont Wright Flyer is a stunning way to launch our brand in international markets and is sure to become one of the most valuable watches ever made."
co-founder Nick English said: "Giles and I still cannot believe that it’s happened. Holding the original and invaluable muslin used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer is incredibly emotive. The Wright family has been wonderful to work with and it was inspiring to see their passion for the project. Does the creation of a special aviation-inspired watch really get any better than this? Probably not. The combination of this amazing material and our new BWC/01 movement has resulted in a truly mind-blowing timepiece."
The original muslin material used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft will be layered between the period decorated rotor plate and a sapphire crystal window.
The timepiece is powered by the new Bremont BWC/01 33.4mm automatic movement. The movement was designed and developed in Britain, with many of its constituent parts crafted at Bremont's workshops in Henley-on-Thames. It is beautifully finished and features a 50+ hour power reserve, Glucydur balance and a hairspring adjusted via a micro-metric screw.
The watch has an exhibition case back with an integrated domed crystal and engraved markings. The black or white metal dial is decorated with period numerals and a '1903' subdial.