Bre­mont Water­man Lim­ited Edi­tion

An ad­ven­ture-ready com­pan­ion, tried and tested

Esquire (UK) - - Watch News - Char­lie Teas­dale

Be­cause of the open, in­clu­sive na­ture of its founders, broth­ers Nick and Giles English, Bre­mont still has the feel of a rel­a­tively small, fam­ily en­deav­our; an un­der­dog. In truth, it’s long been one of the most de­fi­ant watch­mak­ers, con­stantly find­ing new ways to tell riv­et­ing sto­ries through fine watches.

Late last year, ex­plorer Ben Saunders at­tempted to be the first to cross Antarc­tica alone and un­sup­ported. Due to a flurry of sas­trugi (wind­blown snow ridges) and the sub­se­quent short­en­ing of his safety mar­gin, Saunders didn’t quite reach his goal. But the spe­cial edi­tion of the new Bre­mont En­durance he wore never let him down dur­ing 52 days on the ice. “Hav­ing an ac­cu­rate time­piece is cru­cial when it comes to nav­i­gat­ing,” said Saunders, “and the most re­li­able way of do­ing that is still a me­chan­i­cal watch.”

Now, Bre­mont un­veils the 43mm Water­man Lim­ited Edi­tion, an ex­ten­sion of the Su­per­ma­rine range of dive watches. Fea­tur­ing a GMT func­tion, a helium re­lease valve and an anti-shock vi­bra­tion mount, it can han­dle the pres­sure half a kilo­me­tre un­der wa­ter; the per­fect match for the man tasked with test­ing it. Free diver, spear fish­er­man, ul­tra-surfer and Bre­mont brand am­bas­sador Mark Healey has said the Water­man was, hav­ing put it through its paces spearfish­ing, “as at home four at­mos­pheres un­der the sea as it is at a black-tie af­fair.”

“The de­sign was all about read­abil­ity and ro­bust­ness,” ex­plains Nick English. “The dark blue ‘lume’ on the sil­ver-white dial was to­tally new for us, and it works very well both above and be­low the sea. The open case back with the au­to­matic helium valve on a 500m-tested div­ing watch is also a nice ad­di­tion. We have a rep­u­ta­tion for mak­ing in­cred­i­bly tough and func­tional dive watches which are all tested in­ten­sively. The Water­man is no ex­cep­tion.”

In the past, Bre­mont has gar­nered at­ten­tion by link­ing its watches to great fig­ures or his­tor­i­cal achieve­ments. And though those much-cov­eted spe­cial edi­tions will con­tinue to be made, watches such as the Water­man demon­strate that Bre­mont is a bona fide maker of tech­ni­cally as­tute time­pieces that eas­ily ri­val the big mar­ques.

£4,395; bre­mont.com

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