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Bremont Limited Edition Longitude: Bespoke & Old School

This imited edition luxury watch is a tribute to that fabled quest for accurate Longitude, which was resolved by the genius of John Harrison who developed the ship’s chronometer and eventually won the 20,000 pounds prize offered by Parliament.

Bremont’s new 40mm wide, big crown watch also costs around 21 grand in rose gold, and 15K in stainless steel. It will go on sale on December 1st.

That red dot in the middle of the dial is the automatic power reserve indicator by the way. It has a distinct retro appeal, it almost looks like a marriage watch, you know where they recase a pocket watch movement, plus it has that polished bezel that reminds me of a ship’s chronometer.

It’s a handsome devil but expensive, despite the British made kudos. A true collectors item in the long run? Maybe.

Here’s the word from Bremont;

Not only does the Longitude house the brand’s first manufactured movement from its new ENG300 movement series but it also incorporates original brass from the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London.

At Greenwich, the brass Flamsteed Meridian line marks the historic position where the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, made his observations and laid the foundations for accurate timekeeping and navigation.

Bremont has made considerable investment into new machinery, staff and training and the firm’s in-house technical team has modified the base K1 calibre, for which it has acquired the full rights to manufacture and re-engineer from Swiss firm “THE+”. The ENG300 series is the result of Bremont re-engineering 80% of the base calibre, including making a number of design improvements, in order to build a proprietary movement to the brand’s unique specification.

VERDICT;

Is a Bremont a good investment? Let’s take a look online and see what pre-owned examples are selling for? We found a 2017 chronometer whoch made just under £7000 at Bonhams, that’s pretty respectable.

Another less impressive result was at the Worthy auction site, where a Bremont Chronometer made just $1600 back in May 2021. Over on eBay we saw a Bremont Solo on sale ( or Offers) at two grand, which is exactly a grand less than the new price, or a 33% depreciation. Assuming it sells of course.

A Bremont ALT-Z model was on offer from a dealer for £3000. Brand new it retails from 5K upwards, depending on spec. That’s a hefty 40% depreciation, again assuming that someone pays the three grand for it.

On that basis you could be looking at dropping about five grand on this Longitude model if you decide to sell it in 3-5 years time. That’s not great is it? Maybe Bitcoin isn’t so risky after all..

 

 

 

Orologium Harrogate Black Friday Sale

One of our fave watch shops in the UK, Orologium, is enthusiast driven and all about showcasing the best of vintage Swiss watches for colectors who know their stuff.

Right now, they have up to 30% off selected watches and this Rolex Sea-Dweller caught our eye at £8950, which is a hefty discount on the previous price. Has a box n paperwork and looks well cared for.

A 1960s Omega Constellation with the ever reliable 551 movement inside is also reduced to £1450.

If you like vintage watches then it’s worth checking out their site and nope, we aren’t on commission.

 

The Baltic Aquascaphe Dual Crown is Back

The word from Baltic, who have revived the handsome dual crown Aquascaphe dive model. Fair play.

Our diving watch Aquascaphe Dual-Crown is back on our website.

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce the return of the Dual-Crown in our permanent catalog. It retails at £650 by the way which NWC mag thinks is very reasonable for a compressor dive watch made to this standard.

The high activity of the moment forced us to postpone the assembly of this model later than planned in order to meet the demand on our other ranges.

You can pre-order this model now to ensure and secure a delivery between December 13th and 17th.

Yep, the blue dial variant is the winner.

Marloe Tap Into The Glorious British Jet Age

Marloe has a new model on the runway, it’s the Pacific automatic, inspired by the jet age that transformed Britain back in the 1950s.

The range stretches from the Pacific 52 to the 76 model and traces the rise and fall of the British commercial aviation industry, peaking with Concorde, the fabulous supersonic aircraft that upset Boeing so much, they tried every trick in the book to stop it from flying to the USA.

Inside there is a Swiss Sellita with a 40 hour reserve, sapphire crystal, steel case and they put a magnifying crystal on the see-thru caseback. That’s a clever touch for all those who love watch engineering.

We like the strap customiser on the website too.

Here’s the word on the blue dial Pacific 76;

The dial of the Pacific 76 has a pillow cross-section – it rises up from the edge of the dial to a central plateau – which makes the dial jump out from the confines of the case. The applied indices raise up from the dial surface but, in a unique departure from the norm, the blocks are entirely machined from Superluminova C3. Not only is this a beautifully three-dimensional application of the numerals, but due to the whole block being of luminous compound, it glows with an unmatched intensity.

A classic British colourway adorns the 76 with a glossy white railroad track outer ring surrounding the central blue plateau and white numerals, whilst the subtle radial sub-dial sits in contrast to the little flash of red of the sub-seconds hand. It’s refined, modern and elegant. Much like the people who travelled on the supersonic white dart.

TAG Heuer F1: Senna Edition

We aren’t always big fans of quartz watches but this Senna edition of the TAG F1 is on our wish list. Why? Senna. The greatest GP driver of all time? Probably.

Here’s the word from TAG

With its new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition timepiece, TAG Heuer evokes the memory of one of the most mythical racers in the history of F1 and celebrates once again the partnership with the Senna brand. 30 years ago, Ayrton Senna became the youngest Formula 1 driver to win three world championships. To celebrate Ayrton Senna’s achievements, TAG Heuer and Senna brand launch a new SENNA Special Edition from the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection.

One of the features of the timepiece is the embossed black leather bracelet, a reference to the S/EL that Senna used to wear on his TAG Heuer. The iconic bracelet was the first to be made by TAG Heuer.
Its distinctive unique S-shaped design is highly recognizable. The bracelet’s leather is dynamized with yellow stitching and also features a black steel clasp with double safety system push buttons.

Watch some Senna vs Prost rivalry here by the way;

The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition colour scheme features yellow and black, paying tribute to Senna’s iconic colours. The yellow tone is present throughout this 2021 edition, starting with the famous double S (the Brazilian driver’s iconic brand), which crowns the bezel at 12 o’clock, alongside the Senna name.

The double S signature can be found on the dial too, where they are incorporated in the 6 o‘clock subdial. The grey anthracite dial houses classic hour, minute, and second indicators at 6, 9, and 3 o’clock, and is decorated with a discrete “TAG Heuer Formula 1” reminder.

The TAG Heuer Senna Special Edition 2021 also features an ultra-resistant black ceramic bezel, again accentuated by a delicate yellow border that underlines the elegance of the timepiece. The number 400 is engraved on the bezel, in a subtle reference to the 400 km/h speed that has never been reached in Formula 1. The hour hand and indexes are treated with Super-LumiNova® to ensure optimum legibility in all situations. This special edition features a quartz movement and is water-resistant to 200 meters (20 bar).

Last but not least, an image of the Brazilian driver’s iconic helmet is engraved on the caseback.

Prices; Switzerland 2 250 CHF
Europe 2 200 EUR
Great Britain 1 900 GBP
North America 2 300 USD
Japan 250 000 JPY
Hong Kong 18 550 HKD

Citizen CZ Smartwatch Actually Looks Like a Watch

Citizen has a new hybrid Smart watch range and although we are generally old school auto/mech watches here at NWC, we scanned the press release anyway.

What we like is that this is a conventional watch design, whereas so many health watches look like black Lego squares. Just saying.

It links to a health app, which is great for some who like to keep fit, or just monitor stuff like daily steps or your heart rate. Here’s the word from Citizen;

The impressive 15-day battery keeps up with your busy lifestyle in a distinctive design that stands out. This new CZ Smart Hybrid watch features a stainless steel sport bezel and 44mm case with functioning dials on the black and white display and pops of yellow on the pushers and luminous analogue hands.

The black silicone integrated strap blends with the overall design and fits perfectly on your wrist. Utilise the Citizen Connected app to manage your notifications, change your dials and see your fitness stats. Stay on track with the convenience of information at a glance on your hybrid smartwatch display. You can choose the dial that fits your mood or style and customise the information on display to meet your needs including, steps, weather, heart rate, and more.

It retails at £269 by the way. More details here. 

William Wood: Triumph Editions, But Not The Motorcycles

The latest watch from William Wood has real appeal for motorsports fans. Although the fire service theme continues with the `Break Glass’ caseback, the dial now features dashboard style clocks for the sub-second dials. Nice design, Sellita movement and a WW watch purhase can help the UK Firefighters charity too. Here’s the word;

Triumph Collection – our most prestigious watch yet. A fully stainless steel Swiss-Made Chronograph series equipped with a Swiss Sellita SW510 2-eye chronograph movement, push button stop watch and 6pm date window. Available in 3 outstanding colours; Heat Edition (Red), Oxygen Edition (Blue) and Fuel Edition (White), which together create the 3 elements needed to start a fire.

With sub dials that take inspiration from the dashboard gauges within a fire engine cockpit. Reminiscent of pressure pumps, the sub hands are finished in red, blue, or gold to match the main chronograph stopwatch hand in all colour variances, shaped in the style of a vintage fire bell chime.

The chronograph stopwatch and 30-minute sub dial are operated by the antique brass finished buttons located on the side of the case designed to match the crown which is forged from an original 1920’s British brass firefighters helmet.

We have created a one of kind custom caseback inspired by a fire alarm. With a look through viewing glass, custom red SW510 movement and sandwhich plate reading ‘In case of fire break glass’, this is one of our proudest inventions yet.

Each watch is engraved with a limited edition caseback engraving between 1 – 250 so that you know you are the owner of something special indeed. Plus, the Swiss-Made authenticity markings are etched into the caseback ring and printed on the dial located at 6pm.

It retails at £2495 and there’s more info at the WW website.

Marloe Watch Celebrates Donald Campbell’s 100th

The Centenary of Donald Campbell’s birthday is something that Marloe Watches, and speed fans everywhere, can celebrate. Campbell junior lived in the shadow of his father to an extent, but carved his niche in the world of speed record breaking, becoming front page news in Britain back in the Sixties.

Watch the land speed Bluebird CN7 story here;

Here’s the word from Marloe Watches on their special edition;

The Centenary Edition is a celebration of a man borne of speed obsession who would travel firmly and resolutely into the annuls of speed history. His achievement on land and water captivated, inspired and motivated people to be better, to chase harder and love stronger. This 100 piece edition marks the 100th year from the day Donald Campbell was brought into this world, and with this unique conduit of memory we celebrate the inimitable speed master.

The design of the Centenary Edition is unique – we’ve taken a back seat – our logo is printed in clear gloss whilst Donald’s iconic Bluebird logo is centre stage. Glistening salt-white, gold and Bluebird blue, the Centenary Edition is heavenly in its presentation – classic, clean and uncomplicated. The gold-edged dial is surrounded by a moat of lume which is startlingly bright in vivid blue – Donald’s lucky colour – and just wait until you see the Bluebird icon at night.

We’re also honoured to be permitted to use the great man’s signature on our exhibition case back, and sign off this edition with the etched and paint-filled markings “Speed Record Breaker On Land And Water – Official Commemorative Edition – Donald Campbell”. A final unique touch to an already incredible watch. Supplied on a salty sand rally strap as standard, and numbered 001-100.

 

Tissot PRX Auto: Little Touch of Remixed Genta Magic

Tissot’s PRX Powermatic 80 really captures the 80s vibe in terms of design, and it’s interesting to see Tissot chasing a younger market with its make-your-own-movie promotional campaign. It might work, although so many younger blokes want a Tudor, Rolex or Hublot – that’s the stuff they see sports stars wearing, not a Tissot.

But a PRX Powermatic 80 is affordable of course. The budget Powermatic movement is a Swatch inspired sandwich of automated tech that keeps costs down, and although it isn’t adjustable by a trained watchmaker, frankly, most owners won’t really care. You shake it and off it goes, no battery required.

At £565 it’s way cheaper than a Tudor Black Bay, but still a bit expensive compared to plenty of Indie brand watches online, on Kickstarter, or even in some shops. You get that beautiful blue waffle finish dial, a case and bracelet that has a slight similarity to an AP Royal Oak too – no surprise as Gerald Genta was the designer behind the Roayal Oak, Omega Constellation and original PRX auto – that is some track record in watchmaking.

 

 

Crimewatch: Round-Up of Rolex Thieves

Latest round up of Rolex thefts we spotted across the UK;

PRESTON

Ramsdens, like all pawnbrokers, is a target for watch thieves, as they have a wide selection of pre-owned Rolex items in stock. Usually staff are trained to secure the door when customers are in the shop, but thieves often get an accomplice to hold the door open for a moment, pretending to be just another random customer who has turned up 5 mins later.

Police in Preston Lancs have issued a photo of a suspect who asked to see an Oyster Perpetual and then did a runner.

DANCING THIEF CONVICTED

Meanwhile in Birmingham, a thief nabbed a ladies Rolex by doing a strange dance; Local Police released a statement on the trial and conviction;

Police said Abdelhadi Bahou Jabour approached a couple in Birmingham on 10 July and struck up banter.

He then broke out in a dance routine described by police as “part Bruce Forsyth, part Artful Dodger” as he slipped off the woman’s watch. Jabour, from Findern Green, Sneinton, Nottingham, admitted two robberies and an attempted robbery.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1486031/Birmingham-thief-Abdelhadi-Bahou-Jabour-dance-stolen-rolex-watch?jwsource=cl

After failing to steal the man’s watch, when it snagged on his cuff, West Midlands Police said the 24-year-old jogged away from Colmore Row.

He soon stumbled across another woman wearing a £4,700 Rolex watch, which he also made off with. Jabour is due to be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 6 October.

GLOUCESTER

A jeweller’s shop was targeted using the old Ted Bundy technique of appearing to be slightly injured, or with a disability of some sort. The incident happened around 3.50pm on Tuesday 10 August when a Rolex Submariner watch, valued at £8,995, was stolen.

A man had entered the store using a crutch to aid his mobility. However, after asking to view the watch, he ran out of the store without paying for it.

The man was described as being black, of a medium build and around 5ft 6/7ins in height. Investigating officers have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft.