Bremont Launches the New MB Savanna watch
Friday - 06 August 2021
For the first time in the history of Bremont’s MB watch series, the MB Savanna watch is dressed in lightweight titanium and celebrates 70 years of Martin Baker’s ejection seat technology.
It was during an international live stream that Bremont unveiled a very special timepiece from its Martin Baker watch collection. The MB pilot’s watch is named the MB Savanna and for the first time comes complete inside a lightweight yet durable titanium casing. The Bremont MBII watch has been a flagship in the Henley-on-Thames-based manufacturer’s catalogue. It was, after all, the gateway drug into the Bremont watch collecting universe for many. It helped put the British watchmaker on the map for its commitment towards honouring British manufacture. Bremont’s relationship with the famous ejection seat specialists, which now provide 70% of the world’s air forces with ejector seats, began back in 2007. Since then, interpretations of the collectable MB II watch have been gracing the wrists of fanatics who share a passion for expertly crafted mechanical wristwatches, as well as aviator tools and equipment.
If there is one quality that a Martin-Baker watch made by Bremont should receive plenty of credit for, its shock resistance. In fact, each timepiece developed by the British watchmaker has to endure the very same batch of Live Ejection Tests that every product from Martin-Baker has to undergo. To some, this may seem extensive – to others – genius. Whether you are throwing yourself from an aircraft or not, the watch will stand in good stead for all types of extreme outdoor pursuits as well as endurance sports. The MBI was only available to those who had survived the use of a Martin-Baker ejection seat, whilst the MBII models have in the past been crafted from hardened steel. This time the Bremont MB Savanna watch uses grade 5 titanium.
Bremont is known for its innovative case architecture. The Trip Tick case construction adopted by the brand comprises an upper case which consists of the lugs and bezel, a middle case barrel which is usually crafted from aluminium and a caseback. The design of the MB Savanna features an upper case, a caseback, and screws all developed from titanium and case elements rendered in an anthracite-coloured "matte tactical coating".
The new Bremont MB Savanna watch measures a diameter of 43mm – a size that is both compact and practical. As well as a patented protective anti-shock movement mount and an inner bi-directional Roto-Click® bezel, it also features a crown at 4 o’clock on the case. The back of the case incorporates an exhibition caseback crafted from sapphire crystal which puts the mechanical movement on show as it performs. To finish, six titanium screws bolt the caseback onto the rest of the 100-meter water-resistant case.
There are subtle references throughout the design of the MB Savanna watch that pay homage to the manufacturer that has saved over 7000 lives with its superior ejection seat technology. As mentioned, the watches withstand the same extreme forces that pilots endure when they activate the ejection seat within their aircraft. This means the watch has undergone and passed MFOS Crashworthy Testing, Extreme Temperature Endurance, Vibration Testing, Altitude Testing and Aircraft Carrier Deck Testing. Since the fully-fledged pilot watch comes stamped with the Martin-Baker seal of approval, a reference is made on the counterbalance of the central second hand, which boasts a black and yellow ejector seat loop.
The watch’s grey and tan colour palette is christened with a few subtle splashes of red colour. These can be seen in the tip of the central second hand and the motif above the “Anti Shock” lettering above the 6 o’clock location. The sand-coloured metal dial is also equipped with a date aperture at 3 o’clock, grade X1 Super-LumiNova® coated hands and Arabic numeral hour markers, and a detailed minute track. The entire surface of the dial is protected underneath a sapphire glass lens that has been treated with layers of Bremont’s special anti-reflective technology.
The engine powering the hands of the new Bremont MB Savanna watch is the BE-36AE automatic calibre. The self-winding movement is also chronometer-certified and provides 38 hours of power reserve whilst beating to the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour. A view of its ruthenium-plated rotor can also be viewed through the caseback window. The movement is a customised variation of the ETA 2836-2 and is protected inside a floating inner case element that helps ensure shock-resistance
Although having experimented before with titanium with its Boeing collaboration, Bremont marks a first with this titanium-crafted MB watch. Its matte coating and lightweight feel combines a modern design with a tool watch look. The Bremont MB Savanna watch is completed on a Savanna-inspired rubber strap. For more information, you can call and speak with a member of our Jura Watches team today on 01335 453453
Technical specifications of the Bremont MB Savanna
- Case: 43mm - Trip Tick case construction – grade 5 titanium – 100-meter water-resistant – sapphire crystal front – sapphire exhibition caseback – knurled aluminium barrel – 4 o’clock crown – inner bidirectional rotating bezel
- Dial: Savanna-coloured metal dial - Grade X1 Super-LumiNova® coated hands and Arabic numerals – date window at 3 o’clock – ejection seat loop counterbalance and a red tip on the central second hand
- Movement: Self-winding – Calibre BE-36AE – 38-hour power reserve – 28,800 v.p.h – ruthenium coated and skeletonised rotor – 25 jewels
- Strap; Savanna rubber strap
- Reference: MB Savanna
- Price: £4,595