Bremont Co-Founder Nick English today helped welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to Bletchley Park in order to celebrate the transformation and completion of the heritage site, restoring it to its World War Two glory. The £8 million, Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project, has seen more building work on the site than at any time since 1944, at the peak of war.
Bremont worked with the Bletchley Park Trust to create the ‘Codebreaker’; a historically and mechanically important Limited Edition watch. This 2013 Bremont limited edition incorporates historical artefacts from Bletchley Park and a percentage of the proceeds have been used towards the restoration of Bletchley Park. It is a great privilege for Bremont to have been asked to meet the Duchess of Cambridge and present to her the Codebreaker watch.
Nick English, Co-Founder, Bremont; “It's been a great honour to work with Bletchley Park on the Codebreader watch and do our little bit to support the incredible restoration work that has gone on. For the Duchess of Cambridge to also to be so passionate about Bletchley Park was wonderful to see and lovely that she was interested in knowing more about Bremont and what we had done with the Codebreaker watch.”
The work carried out over the last year allows visitors to experience what it was like for the Codebreakers working at Government Code and Cypher School during WW2. It has turned derelict buildings which were almost lost to history entirely into a fitting, permanent tribute to the thousands of men and women whose hard work, diligence and innovation helped shorten the war and changed the way we all live today.
Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6, where Enigma messages sent by the German Army and Air Force were decrypted, translated and analysed for vital intelligence, have been lovingly restored to their wartime condition. They tell the stories of what happened inside them through the use of light-touch interpretation such as sounds, projected images and authentic set dressing.
Block C, where Hollerith punch-card machines carried out rapid analysis of encrypted message systems to assist the Codebreakers, has been returned to its wartime appearance and atmosphere, and is now a vibrant new Visitor Centre with an introductory exhibition, Secrets Revealed - Introducing Bletchley Park, plus shop, cafe and all necessary comforts for Bletchley Park’s hundreds of thousands of visitors.
The Bletchley Park Trust is a registered charity, 1012743, its Mission is to preserve and develop Bletchley Park as a world-class museum, heritage site and education centre in order to enhance the understanding of the critical contribution of Codebreaking and intelligence in World War Two, the birth of computing and electronic security, and how these unique achievements remain relevant today.
The Trust is an unfunded independent museum that relies on the support of its visitors, donors and other supporters.
Bremont is a British luxury watch brand manufacturing its mechanical watches in Henley-on-Thames, UK. It was co-founded by brothers Nick & Giles English in 2002, and has made a substantial impact in the watch industry in a very short time period. In 2008 Bremont was made the ‘Best British Emerging Luxury Brand’ by Walpole, for the last three years has won ‘Luxury Watch Brand of Year’ at the UK Jewellery Awards, and last year the ‘Best Breakthrough Brand’ at the 2012 Luxury Briefing Awards. The brand remains true to its original principles of durability, legibility and precision. Bremont also manufactures watches for some of the most exclusive military squadrons around the world, and has been influential in revitalizing the British watch industry, which was once the dominant place for watch and clock making.