The Solo family represents the entry-level for Bremont pilot’s watches. It has now been extended with these two classic pilot’s watches, with black or white dial. The difference with respect to the existing Solo pieces is the case and bezel, now available in polished steel. The Solo case is in steel that is specially hardened to improve scratch resistance and durability, with a case middle in DLC-treated steel. The lugs curve elegantly, and the strap seems to have curved spring bars that improve the visual union between strap and case. The classic pilot’s watch dial is attractive in its simplicity, with large aviator-style hands with SuperLuminova, and eight numerals in addition to the three baton indices and the classic triangle at 12 o’clock.
The caseback is in steel with a sapphire glass display window. This reveals the movement, which is the Bremont BE-36AE, Swiss-made and based on the ETA 2836-2 in its top chronometer-grade version. The movement is relatively small (25.6 mm diameter) when compared to the 43 mm case, and so Bremont have cleverly added a circular frame with red sections and machined finish to match the movement itself. This avoids the “porthole” effect of a sapphire window that would be excessively small with respect to the case. The oscillating weight is personalized by Bremont. The movement is self-winding, with date window, and the stop-second function for precision time setting. Its power reserve is 38 hours.
The watch has chronometer certification (COSC, precision -4/+6 seconds per day or better), and it is water-resistant to 100 metres. It has a calfskin leather strap with pin buckle. It is in competition with entry-level pilot’s watches by other brands, such as the Mark XVIII by IWC which is more expensive at £3,190.
Price and references
Both models, with black or white dial, cost £2,895. The black dial version is reference Bremont Solo/PB, the white dial version is Bremont Solo/PW. The two watches will be available from June 2016.