The Bremont ALT1-C/PB is an extension of Bremont’s core range, and in particular its ALT1-C range of chronograph watches, which were the first that the company designed after its foundation in 2002. The dial layout is classic, with two subdials, one on the left for continuous seconds, one on the right for 30 chronograph minutes. On its website, Bremont suggests that the arrangement is similar to aircraft dashboard instruments (see the fuel gauge illustration), but the pattern is a standard in the industry. It could be compared to the Glashütte Original Senator Observer (not a chronograph, but with two subdials in a similar arrangement), the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter, and of course the Omega Speedmaster. All of these are far more expensive than the Bremont ALT1 family of watches. The Frédérique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph is an example of a watch made using the same sort of movement, at a lower price (€2,850).
The Bremont ALT1-C/PB has a polished steel case and a black dial with applied Arabic numerals, and elegant leaf-shaped hour and minute hands with SuperLuminova. The case is hardened for improved durability and scratch resistance. Its design, differentiated between the bright steel for lugs, bezel and caseback, and the DLC-treated case middle with its signature engraved lines, gives the watch extra interest from different viewpoints.
The steel caseback has a flat crystal display window revealing the movement, Bremont BE-50AE. It is in fact the Valjoux 7750-SO BI AC movement made in Switzerland by ETA, with a balance running at 28,800 vibrations per hour, 42 hours power reserve, and a personalized Bremont oscillating weight that is skeletonized and marked with the Bremont name. As for most watches by Bremont, the movement is chronometer-certified, guaranteeing precision.
Price and availability
The Bremont ALT1-C/PB should be available shortly, from April 2016. Its price is £4,695.