The annual WatchPro Watches of the Year list is divided into 10 categories, each consisting of one winner and nine highly commended watches - a selection that WatchPro believes to "
Bremont's limited edition Victory watch was revealed as the Luxury Watch of the Year winner, a category judged on its "sharp details, fine materials and superior complications". The magazine believes the list is "defined by the best and most beautiful timepiece in their class, with horological finesse as standard" and noted that many UK watch retailers have also named the Victory as their personal favourite in 2012.
The Victory is a unique mechanical retrograde watch that features original oak timber and copper from HMS Victory. The timepiece was created in association with the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, and Bremont
will donate parts of the proceeds of each timepiece to help the refurbishment and preservation of the famous ship.
WatchPro describes the Victory as a "unique and spellbinding timepiece" and praises its "historical kudos and its English brand roots". Original copper from the nails used to hold HMS Victory together has been used in the barrel of the watch, push buttons and crown. The rear of the watch features oak from the hull of the ship in the outer rim, engraved with some of Nelson's last words: "Thank God I have done my duty". The watch has a gold rotor in the shape of Nelson's personal seal, and an engraved sapphire crystal case back.
Kathryn Bishop, deputy editor of WatchPro and editor of the 2012 Watches of the Year list, said: "Of the thousands of models on sale in the UK, any watch that has made it into the WatchPro Watches of the Year is a truly exceptional timepiece, and the category winners are the bastions of the very best of what the watch industry has to offer."