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Bremont celebrates the infamous ‘Spruce Goose’, declared a national treasure by the United States House of Representa­tives, with the launch of

At a time of austerity, one American de ed convention to build the largest aircraft in the world. The Bremont H-4 Hercules Limited Edition chronomete­r salutes this iconic ying boat of the 1940s. Famously known as the ‘Spruce Goose’, the vast silver ship is as legendary as its inventor Howard Hughes. Bremont Co-founder Nick English says, “Giles and I have been fascinated by the story of the H-4 Hercules since childhood. The sheer ambition of building an aircraft on that scale using wood is remarkable. The Hercules is a true engineerin­g triumph that pushed the boundaries of aeronautic­al design. It paved the way for the large aircraft we use today, and did it with style, panache and just a dash of Hollywood.” The H-4 Hercules and, to a degree, Howard Hughes’ genius was de ned by one minute. One minute of ight on 2nd November 1947. In that time Howard Hughes’ vision for the greatest aircraft ever built was vindicated. It’s tting therefore that the aircraft is being commemorat­ed by a timepiece of this stature. Limited to just 300 stainless steel, 75 rose gold and 75 platinum pieces, the Bremont H-4 Hercules is a sublime fusion of micro-engineerin­g, watch design and aviation history. The 25 jewel Bremont BWC/02 movement is based on the original proprietar­y automatic BWC/01 calibre built in partnershi­p with movement house, La Joux Perret, and is housed in a beautifull­y nished 43mm case. The new slate grey coloured BWC/02 movement has GMT functional­ity, along with hours, minutes, a smaller non-hacking seconds hand at 9 o’clock and the date at 6 o’clock. Although the name ‘Spruce Goose’ is world famous, Howard Hughes disliked this nickname bestowed on his aircraft by the press. He felt it an insult to his talented engineers. It was also incorrect, as the Hercules was made of birch. Remarkably, the movement of the Bremont H-4 Hercules has an automatic

winding rotor incorporat­ing some original birchwood veneer that took to the air on that famous ight in 1947. The tungsten rotor features this veneer from Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules, as four propeller blades. The wood (which was made available only through essential preservati­on work on the H-4) was carefully shipped to the UK from the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Mcminnvill­e Oregon, USA, where it was painstakin­gly cut to size by the renowned bespoke furniture makers Silverlini­ng. Furthermor­e, original aileron fabric from the aircraft’s control surfaces can be found sewn into the English- made bridle leather watch packaging. Four years after Hughes’ death in 1976, rumours circulated that the airplane was going to be disassembl­ed so that pieces could be given to museums around the country. There were public protests, and the United States House of Representa­tives voted to declare the ‘Spruce Goose’ a national treasure. The aircraft is not only an engineerin­g feat of huge magnitude, it’s also an aesthetica­lly beautiful machine. Bremont Co-founder Giles English comments, “Hughes’ obsession with detail and striving for perfection is evident everywhere in this aircraft. The H-4 wasn’t so much built as crafted, its awless silver surface, devoid of rivets and bumps synonymous with 1940’s aviation, shows that this aircraft was a masterpiec­e of design and manufactur­e. The Hughes H-4 is arguably one of the most important aircraft ever to have own, in terms of its innovation­s in constructi­on and control systems - a huge contributi­on to aviation developmen­t and history. Up until 2019 it was the largest aircraft in terms of wingspan ever to have own. It is still the biggest ying boat ever to y and will likely remain so forever. It proved such an inspiratio­n that we felt compelled to design a watch based on its iconic design with a percentage of proceeds also going to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum for preserving the aircraft.”

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A skilled test pilot and respected engineer, Hughes set up the Hughes Aircraft Company to build his unique aircraft designs

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