Reviewing the White Gold Bremont Longitude Limited Edition
Friday - 22 October 2021
Bremont has launched a new limited edition watch that houses a proprietary movement. The steel, rose gold and white gold timepieces pay homage to the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London.
It would be fair to say that expectations are considerably high after the launch of Bremont’s new manufacturing facilities earlier this year – The Wing. With that in mind, there would be no better time than now to release a limited edition watch that houses a manufacture movement. So here is just that - the Bremont Limited Edition Longitude watch powered by a manufacture movement. The successful watchmaker pays homage to British soil by commemorating a landmark in the country’s heritage in timekeeping accuracy and navigation. The three iterations comprise an 18ct white gold, 18ct rose gold watch and a stainless steel model – each one measuring a 40mm diameter and powered by an in-house Bremont movement that provides a 65-hour power reserve. It’s the 18ct white gold Bremont Longitude watch we’ll be taking a closer look at here.
It was during the 18th century that the International Meridian Conference in 1884 agreed that the world should adopt Greenwich as the centre of time and longitude zero. This finding was all thanks to the first astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, who was put in charge of ‘perfecting the art of navigation at sea’ at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in 1675 – founded by King Charles II. It was thought that lunar distances or the positions of Jupiter’s moons could be used to determine longitude and so using these methods, Flamsteed devoted his time to charting and mapping almost 3000 stars by using a telescopic instrument, laying the foundations for accurate timekeeping and navigation. It is thanks to this that we have the Flamsteed Meridian line that marks the historic position where he made his observations and, as such, a piece of original brass that has been taken from this location and incorporated into the back of each limited edition Bremont Longitude watch.
The new Bremont Limited Edition Longitude 18ct white gold watch
The new 40mm white gold Bremont Longitude watch is limited to 75 pieces worldwide and has been forged from Bremont’s patented Trip-Tick® construction with a scratch-resistant PVD treated case barrel. It sits at a depth of 12.5mm on the wrist and is fitted with a screw-down onion-shaped crown at 3 o’clock. The front of the case is domed and features a piece of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass that has been treated with layers of anti-reflective technology. Glancing through to this special meridian line-adorned dial is, therefore, glare-free regardless of whether you’re referencing the time under direct sunlight or artificial light. This white gold variation shares a 50-meter water resistance with its rose gold sibling, unlike its steel counterpart, which offers 100-meter water resistance. The back of the case features a flat sapphire exhibition feature that exposes an original brass ring that surrounds the ENG376 movement, engraved with the watch’s individual serial number upon its surface.
The dial of this Bremont Limited Edition Longitude white gold watch is silvery-white and features polished applied Roman numerals and stick markers – the latter of which have been treated with Super-LumiNova. The hands upon the dial are blued steel and are set against a raised central globe with debossed longitude lines. The meridian line which runs from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock leads the eye naturally towards a power reserve located at the bottom of the dial. Its vibrant red colour and shape are inspired by the Greenwich Time Ball, which rises and falls once a day to signal the 1pm mark to passing sailors. The dial comes equipped with a small second sub-dial at 9 o’clock, balanced by a large date aperture at 3 o’clock.
The new Bremont ENG376 movement
The movement, along with the fact that Bremont is only releasing 75 white gold versions of this special watch, no doubt, add to the desirability of the Longitude timepiece, and this is because it marks a first for the brand. The development of the ENG300 series to which the ENG376 movement belongs is the result of a lot of investment having been pumped into the new watch manufacturing facility in Henley-on-Thames.
The concept has been in the making for a while since Bremont acquired ownership of the THE+’s K1 base calibre a while ago. Experts at Bremont then completely redesigned, modified and transformed the movement, enhancing its toughness through a series of different processes. The ENG376 has a silicon escapement for enhanced resistance to magnetic damage, a full tungsten rotor inspired by the architecture of The Wing, a customised balance bridge engraved with a “Made in England” hallmark, and several other modified components. The movement performs at a rate of 25,200 vibrations per hour and produces a 65-hour power reserve. Additional features that can be admired through the see-through caseback include rhodium-plated bridges with a gold plated automatic bridge.
The new white gold Bremont Limited Edition Longitude watch is completed on a black alligator leather strap and can be pre-ordered here at Jura Watches. For information on the model, you can also check out the full range here. Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 01335 453453
Technical specifications of the Bremont Limited Edition Longitude White Gold watch
- Case: 40mm – 18ct white gold - Trip-Tick® construction with scratch-resistant PVD treated case barrel – 50-meter water-resistant – integrated flat sapphire crystal caseback -domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front – original brass ring of meridian line insert with longitude coordinates for the Royal Observatory in Greenwich – onion-shaped screw-down crown
- Dial: Silvery-white– metal – raised central globe with debossed longitude lines - meridian line running from 12H to 6H – polished applied Roman numeral/stick markers treated with SLN – big date at 3 o’clock – recessed small second at 9 o’clock – power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock – polished blued steel hands
- Movement: In-house manufacture – Bremont ENG376 from the ENG300 series – self-winding – 22 jewels – silicone escape wheel – tungsten oscillating weight – Bremont finishes and decoration – 65-hour power reserve – 25,20 v.p.h
- Strap: Black – alligator leather – cream contrast stitching
- Reference: LONGITUDE-WG-R
- Availability: Limited to 75 pieces worldwide
- Price: £21,995