TIME BEGAN FOR BREMONT ON THE SAME DAY IT STOPPED.
ONE CLEAR DAY IN MARCH 1995, TWO PRECOCIOUS
brothers, Giles and Nick English, were practicing for an air display with their father, Euan. But while practicing formation aerobatics, the 1942 WWII Harvard aircraft that Nick and his father were flying crashed, and Euan died on impact. Giles, waiting to take off for the next sortie, was told that his father had been killed and that his brother had broken more than 30 bones and probably wouldn’t make it.
Six months later, when Nick was back in the air being flown by Giles, things had irrevocably changed. The brothers realized that life was too short to waste and decided to pursue what they enjoyed most: a life crafting beautifully engineered mechanical devices.
When they weren’t flying old aircrafts, Nick and Giles spent most of their childhood making things in the workshop of their gifted father, an ex-RAF pilot with a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering. Here, they crafted models and restored cars, and even an airplane that their father built that the brothers still fly to this day. Euan was also passionate about mechanical timepieces and would often bring home old clocks from auctions for the brothers to try to get going again. This passion lives on in the classic curve of a Bremont timepiece.
In 2002, the English brothers founded the company and spent five years in research and development before first launching the Bremont collection on the market in 2007. Initially they set up a small workshop in Switzerland where the watches were built, a process that has now all been brought over to the UK in a bid to reinvigorate a once booming British industry. The watches, like the intricate inner workings of a vintage aircraft, had to be over-engineered in every sense of the word. With a tagline of “tested beyond endurance,” robustness played a significant part in all of the watches’ challenges, as they were tested by adventurers, explorers, mountaineers, free divers, and, of course, pilots — the very people who understand the ephemerality of life and how not to waste it. Thus, this carpe diem ideology is infused in every Bremont timepiece.
Bremont cofounders, Nick and Giles English, turned their passion for aircraft into a thriving timepiece business.