Bremont creates its first $30,000 platinum watch to celebrate H-4 Hercules plane
Continuing to prove its commitment to aviation history, Bremont is back with a celebratory watch collection, the H-4 Hercules, this time paying tribute to the largest flying boat in history.
Born in 2002, the British-born brand manages to compete with the best by celebrating aviation history as a whole and showcasing itself as a brand seriously passionate about the industry which inspires it. The latest H-4 Hercules is an example of this passion, celebrating one of history's greatest achievements in flight with a limited line of watches.
Bremont was born out of a deep-rooted love for aviation and as homage to the founder's father whom too was involved in aviation. The distinction between other brands is that Bremont was born out of passion for the industry, rather than the need to supply a product to that industry.
The H-4 Hercules collection, coming in steel, rose gold or platinum, celebrate a flying boat of the same name. The H-4, also dubbed the ‘Spruce Goose’ was the largest plane in history at the time and still stands as the largest flying boat in history. It was designed to be able to carry military weaponry such as tanks, but due to its ambitious size, the plane missed the mark of the war and wasn’t flown till 1947.
The plane was only able to fly around a metre off the water and for a mere 26 seconds, though considering the plane had the wingspan of a football pitch and the height of a five-storey building, it was rather impressive.
Made from wood due to the constraints of war, the plane is hailed as a bastion of ingenuity, ambition and engineering.
The 'Spruce Goose'
Latching on to this monumental moment is Bremont. Its limited edition line celebrates the ‘Spruce Goose’ with a new in-house movement utilising a rotor made from the wood of the plane’s fuselage. The rotor weight of the movement is also engraved with the words ‘Spruce Goose’.
Turn the watch over and you’ll see a small seconds at 9 o’clock sporting the H-4 Hercules name. The entire dial of the watch is said to evoke a 40s style aircraft, with dark tones and large legible numerals. The watch shows the hours and minutes, along with a newly-added GMT hand and a date window taking place at 6 o’clock.
The pieces measure in at 43mm, with the steel version limited to 300 pieces and costing US $11,895, the rose gold limited to 75 and costing US $20,495, and the platinum also to 75 with a price of US $30,995.
The pieces also come in a display case with utilise materials from the plane’s interior. You can check out the watches here.