New U-2-51-Jet By Bremont
As I browsed the usual articles and reviews of stylish ‘must have’ watches I was pleasantly struck by the new release from Bremont in the form of the U-2-51-Jet. Bremont, in general, tends to have a good selection of new releases throughout the year and it can be difficult to have a favorite when every model of every collection seems to get better and better.
There is, of course, a common sense ceiling to just how much someone can appreciate all new releases, but I think out of the current 10 variants of the new releases there are 3 that particularly stand out for me.
The Endurance, the S500 in both Black or Blue, and the U-2-51-Jet are my fave raves right now. But for now, let’s stick with the U-2-51-Jet.
Bremont, Pervayer Of Quality
Bremont has made a name for itself in the armed services and does a lot of business creating variations of its models for international military units.
One of its most advanced and durable models being the MBI designed and rigorously tested for resistance to ejection forces and extreme altitudes, that has become popular with both civilian and military personnel. So much so, the MBI with a colored anodized ring that can only be worn by pilots that have ejected using a Martin-Baker ejection seat, has been created in a standard model for those not lucky enough, or unlucky enough depending on point of view.
This year Bremont are introducing their new edition in the form of the U-2/51-Jet boasting some tweaks and design cues from previous Bremont design with the end result is a well proportioned and handsome piece.
Based on the MBII originally developed in collaboration with Martin-Baker, the watch was tested to all the limits you care to mention, so we already know it’s rugged and virtually indestructible, tested for ejection shock, high altitude, and 100-meter water resistance, its ability to survive and serve is unquestionable.
This piece like other Bremonts’ is a certified chronometer tested by COSC in Switzerland and fulfilling all the criteria to describe the end product as Swiss Made. The movement is based on the ETA auto-winding caliber decorated and assembled by Bremont and named as BE-36AE. On the auto-winding rotor, the detail is designed to resemble the radial engine of an airplane, just in case you were in any doubt as to the genesis of the model.
In the original U-2 the movement was hidden behind a solid case back with an additional iron cover protecting the movement from magnetism, the /51-jet however, is fitted with a smoked sapphire display crystal case back giving a full view of the movement. What remains the same is the case construction using the “Trip-Tick” three-part design with the movement being held in place by Bremonts’ proprietary rubberized shock-absorbing ring.
This is a twin-crown watch with a bi-directional rotating inner timing ring actuated by the crown at 4:00 which rides on Bremont’s patented “Roto-Click” mechanism. While all of these elements are used through the MBII collection, this means the new design is new ‘flavor’ of an existing watch, but still represents a significant change.
This is a modified calibre 11 ½”’ named BE-36AE automatic chronometer with a 38 hour power reserve. The case is a hardened stainless steel DLC Trip-Tick® construction with water resistant to 10 ATM or 100 meters. For your comfort, the strap is Calf-skin and Temple Island rubber strap.
It’s no secret that Bremont is one of my favorites, right up there with Breitling but with one small difference in my view. It’s just a little bit of national pride that tips the balance when the two brands go head to head, both are superlative products, but it gives an additional warmth to know that that little Island nation can create a timepiece to rival ‘The Daddy’ that is Breitling
For the full collection of new releases from Bremont follow this link, or direct to the U-2-51-Jet following this link. Expected to be released around June 2018 with a possible price tag of €4,600.00 EX. VAT it’s totally worth it!
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