A FIRST IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD
What makes the ultimate aviation-inspired watch?
Bremont has pondered the question for years. Mechanically, it would have to be outstanding. Just as importantly, as with previous Bremont Limited Editions, it would have to incorporate a remarkable piece of history. In historical terms, what could be more remarkable than an original part of the first ever powered aircraft?
The 1903 Wright Flyer was built and designed by the Wright Brothers themselves in Dayton, Ohio, USA. It’s the invention and aircraft that changed the way we live today and it has now inspired our latest, and perhaps most unique, limited edition timepiece. The Wright Flyer timepieces feature some of the original fabric used on the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft. Just as significantly, they showcase Bremont’s first ever proprietary movement, the BWC/01, part-developed and designed in Britain with our Swiss partners.
This unique project was only made possible by the Wright family’s passion for Bremont’s aviation heritage. According to family member Amanda Wright Lane:
“Our partnership with Bremont on the Limited Edition
Wright Flyer watch is a natural fit. Bremont’s dedication to historical
themes, particularly in aviation, demonstrated by their iconic limited
edition watches, all incorporating genuine historic artefacts, caught
our attention immediately. As a top quality watchmaker, the brand is a
perfect fit for the Wright brothers’ legacy. The wing cloth from the
1903 Wright Flyer is considered almost priceless by some, but we felt
Bremont’s passion for aviation heritage made them a suitable choice for
this rare use of the cloth. The Bremont Wright Flyer is a stunning way
to launch our brand in international markets and is sure to become one
of the most valuable watches ever made.”
History takes to the skies
Next time you see an airliner soar overhead, or watch wartime footage of aircraft furiously defending European skies, cast your mind back to where it all began. One cold December day way back in 1903, the Wright Flyer became the world’s first successful powered flying machine.
It was the ground-breaking invention of two brothers from Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur and Orville Wright were not scientists. They did not even graduate from high school. And unlike other inventors of the period, they received no sponsorship to fund their endeavors. Yet through sheer perseverance and ingenuity, they became the first to master the principles of controlled flight. It was the catalyst for an incredible century of aviation development that continues into the 21st century. Their pioneering techniques and systems remaining a fundamental part of modern aircraft design to this very day.
Iconic machines like the Spitfire, Concorde and even the Space Shuttle all owe a debt to the Wright Flyer, a humble biplane made of spruce and fabric. The Wright Brothers and their remarkable Wright Flyer truly made history - and continue to do so.
If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.