Watch Out Now: Piloting Innovation with Bremont

The Ninth in an Eleventh-part Series.

Whether you opt for an inexpensive everyday watch or a limited-edition collector’s chronograph, the watch on your wrist plays a big part in defining your style. Undoubtedly, the best watch is going to be one that you wear, one that fits your budget and matches your lifestyle.

No matter what you’re looking for, now is the time to get it. In the ports of call, take advantage of tax-free, duty-free prices and pick up a designer watch for hundreds—even thousands—of dollars less than what you’d pay back at home.
So even if you’ve never thought about buying a watch before—or if you’ve thought about it and didn’t know where to start—rest assured it’s not as…complicated as it looks. We asked Keith W. Strandberg, the international editor of the industry-standard Watch Journal, to put together an insider’s guide to the world of fine timepieces.

And so, welcome to Watch Wednesday–it’s watches 101 combined with a trend and news roundup.

The aviation industry began around the same time that wristwatches began to replace pocket watches, around the turn of the nineteenth century. Precision timekeeping was integral to aviation—a fact that remains true today. However, the first wristwatches weren’t known for their precision, so pilots took to strapping pocket watches to their thighs. Needless to say, pilots were among the earliest adopters of wristwatches, and today they continue to rely on watches to provide a dependable backup to the clocks and timekeepers built into the modern cockpit.

Today’s pilot watches are larger than your typical watch and have highly legible displays, often also including a host of other features that allow for calculating distance, air speed, fuel consumption, and other aviation concerns. But it’s the rugged, oversized look that spurred the lasting popularity of the pilot watch among the general public.

Bremont Watch Company is dedicated to making such designs. They specialize in certified chronometers tested to aviation standards. The founders, Nick and Giles English, are both pilots themselves and take pride in creating timepieces that meet the demands of pilots as well as lovers of aviation.

The brand’s MB series celebrates Bremont’s partnership with legendary ejection seat manufacturer Martin Baker. The first model in the MB line, the MBI, is a limited edition only available to pilots who have ejected from a plane using an MB ejection seat. The MBII and MBIII are civilian versions of the survivor’s watch, with the barrels available in several different colors. All of the watches in this line had to go through the same thorough testing process as the Martin Baker ejection seats.

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