Wright Flyer

WF-SS

£17,950.00

19,395.00 ex. VAT

US$24,495.00

HK$198,000.00

AU$30,500.00

¥300,000

Bremont BWC/01 33.4mm Automatic with 25 jewels and 50+ hour power reserve. Polished stainless steel featuring Bremont’s Trip-Tick® case construction. Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres. Alligator strap with polished stainless steel pin buckle. Limited to 300 pieces.

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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.

Technical overview

Movement

Bremont BWC/01 33.4mm Automatic with 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Nivarox CT balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring. Highly efficient double reverser bi-directional winding mechanism to achieve 28,800bph and 50+ hour power reserve. The BWC/01 is elegant and beautifully finished with many of its constituent parts being crafted at Bremont’s workshops in Henley-on-Thames.

Each Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition rotor features some of the original muslin material used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft. The muslin is layered between the period decorated rotor plate and a sapphire crystal window.

Functions

Central hour and minute hand with a running seconds hand at 9 o’clock.

Case

Polished stainless steel/18 carat rose gold/white gold featuring Bremont’s Trip-Tick® case construction with integrated decoration ring. 43mm case diameter with standard 22mm lug width and a case thickness of 14mm including the crystal.

Case back

Exhibition type with integrated domed crystal, secured with 4 polished headed screws. Engraved markings with specific limited edition serial number.

Dial

Metal dial decorated with period numerals and Wright Flyer date specific ‘1903’ sub-dial. Bespoke Bremont SuperLumiNova® luminous coating.

Crystal

Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

Water resistance

10 ATM, 100 metres.

Brought up by loving parents who encouraged creativity and intellectual pursuits, the Wright Brothers credited a simple toy with sparking a lifelong curiosity. In 1878 their father presented them with a small toy ‘helicopter’ made from cork, bamboo and paper and propelled by a rubber band. Seeing it fly delighted the small boys and inspired 11-year-old Wilbur to recreate larger versions of the helicopter. He was baffled when his constructions could not fly, not yet understanding a bigger helicopter required greater propulsion.

In designing and piloting the world’s first powered flying machine, Wilbur and Orville Wright became the first to turn mankind’s dreams into a reality. Their fascination for flight had begun in childhood and as adults they had watched as other pioneers tried, and failed, to master the skies. Wilbur believed that a lack of proper control was their downfall and set out to solve the issue. He hit upon wing-warping, using control wires to twist the wings and turn the machine. The brothers then began testing glider designs, adding an elevator to control pitch and finally mastering yaw with a vertical rudder. Their 1902 glider featured the very first three-axis control system, which remains an essential element of every modern aircraft. And with the addition of a small engine and two propellers, their remarkable 1903 Wright Flyer became the first machine to finally conquer the air.

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