Posted by Lee Sullivan on 27/10/2020
BREMONT EXTENDS ITS ARMED FORCES COLLECTION WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE BROADSWORD BRONZE
One of Bremont’s proudest achievements to date was the beginning of an official partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2019, paying tribute to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Through this partnership, Bremont became the sole luxury watch producer legitimately allowed to use the signs, symbols and Heraldic Badges of all three services; the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
2020 sees the introduction of the Broadsword Bronze timepieces, adding to the original line up in Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection. The use of bronze nods to the material’s importance in naval engineering due to its high corrosion resistance to salt water. The new Broadsword case is made of CuSn8 bronze, a solid solution strengthened copper alloy with 8% tin. The high tin content adds to strength, wear and resistance to corrosion. The Bremont Broadsword was originally designed as a contemporary take on the three handed ‘Dirty Dozen’ watch design, a series of timepieces commissioned for the British Army during World War Two when Britain’s Ministry of Defence needed watches to issue to military personnel.
The new bronze editions will be available in three different coloured dial and strap variations, complementing the existing range. The ‘slate’, ‘sotek’ (a military green/teal colour) and ‘tobacco’ dials feature a sub-seconds hand at six o’clock as well as multiple layers of luminous paint on both the dial and hands to complete the original specification for the British Army. The Broadsword Bronze houses the chronometer rated BE-95-2AV movement inside its two-piece 40mm case featuring a steel, screw-in case back stamped with the badges of all three services. As a ‘living’ metal, each model will develop its own unique patina over time, meaning no two watches will ever look the same.
Nick English, Bremont Co-Founder, commented: “We are still incredibly humbled by the recognition that Bremont was given by the MoD to create the Armed Forces Collection. These watches have been extremely popular and with our close military connections it has been a lovely way of using our expertise to offer a military watch to one and all. After the success we’ve seen using bronze in our Project Possible watch, it felt like a great fit to produce the Broadsword in this material, particularly with its use being so crucial in naval history. Achieving the right balance between a contemporary feel and a nostalgic nod to the classic design of military watches was critical in the design process.”
In the 1940s very strict performance specifications for the original Dirty Dozen were set which included waterproofing, regulation to chronometer specification, luminous markings on the dial and a robust case construction. The Broadsword has not only been designed and engineered to meet these criteria but also to reflect the needs of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces today. As with all Bremont watches, the Broadsword Bronze will be produced at the company’s headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, UK.
Bremont’s well-respected heritage and reputation within the military, specifically with the British military, made the British watchmaker the natural partner of choice for the MoD. Bremont has created numerous special-order projects at the request of personnel from all branches of the British armed forces and is widely recognised throughout for its discretion, its patriotism and its reputation for supplying products that are fit for purpose.