Does it get any better? Last week I had the distinct pleasure of joining Bremont in New York City for the unveiling of its new Broadsword Recon watch. In attendance: Bremont Co-Founder Giles English and Jason Carl Fox, also known as Foxy. The 46-year-old explorer is a former UK Special Forces operator and Royal Marine Commando, and is also, more recently, in the world of television. He has directed the television show SAS: Who Dares Wins, was the presenter of an investigative documentary series on drug lords, and just this year is one of the hosts of Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.
I’ve been watching the series this year and was intrigued to meet Foxy. I wasn’t disappointed. I knew the 46-year-old had spent approximately two decades in the special forces. I also knew he had been discharged medically due to PTSD and that he has formed his own company to help veterans and special forces people also dealing with mental health issues.
I was impressed with his candidness and genuine spirit. But all of that is a story for another time, since I had the opportunity to interview him. Meanwhile, back to the Broadsword.
Bremont, has a strong involvement with the military – creating watches for a host of forces around the world. After all, this is the brand that builds watches for those who ejected and survived a plane incident using a Martin Baker ejection seat. The watches are even tested on real ejection seats as they are being tested. This is also the brand that has an official partnership with the British Ministry of Defence, paying tribute to His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Clean lines, easy readability, high-function and performance, as well as precision, are some of the aspects of a good military watch. Bremont has all that and delivers it in a reasonable price point. For example: the Limited Edition Bremont Broadsword Recon (short for Reconnaissance) watch just added to its Armed Forces collection.
The Bremont Broadsword Recon watch boasts vintage cues, paying tribute to the 1940’s, while still offering contemporary appeal. By day, the watch boasts a sandwich dial (a layered dial with a luminous base disk covered by a platen with the index apertures cut out) that offers depth and dimension, and – by night – great luminosity thanks to the P51 Super-LumiNova that emanates from the dial architecture. The lumen is bright green in the dark, easily readable against the matte black dial. The watch boasts a small seconds subsidiary dial at 6:00, and Arabic numerals.
The 40mm watch is crafted in stainless steel and is powered by a chronometer certified mechanical movement. It boasts a high-tech balance spring, balance wheel and mainspring and delivers 38 hours of power reserve. The domed sapphire crystal is coated with an anti-reflective coating.
As the only luxury watch brand permitted to use all three heraldic signs and symbols of three British forces, The Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, the case back of the watch boasts all three symbols. The words “Approved by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces” also appear. The words are not yet changed to “His Majesty’s” as the model was built under Her Majesty’s rule. When the King’s Crest is decreed, all of the case backs in Bremont’s Armed Forces collection moving forward will have the proper verbiage. Watch pundits say that when the caseback words change from Her Majesty to His Majesty, the “her” versions will become collectibles.
The Broadsword Recon is water resistant to 100 meters and is sold with two interchangeable straps, including a NATO strap in stone and gray canvas, and either a black rubber strap or a vintage brown leather strap. Just 200 pieces will be made. The watch retails for $3,695.