Flying & Going back in time
I was very excited about collaborating with Bremont, as l have been fond of the watches they create ever since l first discovered them growing up. I was always particularly interested by the connection they have with the military, especially as when growing up my grandad would talk of his time in the war flying the Supermarine Spitfire.
Even though Bremont have nothing to do with my grandad, the connection with flying is the thing that they do have in common and they bring back memories of my time with my grandad. I think so many of us have forgotten the stories our grandparents used to tell us, especially where war stories were involved but I was always fascinated and in awe when my grandfather played his clarinet, and listened to his favourite jazz bands in the background whilst telling me his emotional stories from his time during the war.
It always struck a chord with me and maybe my grandad is the reason l have always dreamt of learning to fly, or at least have my own shot at flying a plane.
On this adventure l had this special opportunity to learn the basics of flying and doing it across my beautiful homeland Scotland, and in particular the Scottish Highlands. l got the opportunity to take the PA 38-112 Tomahawk up into the sky, not exactly a spitfire but a close enough opportunity to get the feel for what it is like to fly, and what a cool aircraft. The mechanics of a plane are just as fascinating as the mechanics of a watch in some ways. All the parts that make it work and do it’s magical thing.
Bremont sent me the beautiful ALT1-C/WH-BK (https://www.bremont.com/watch/alt1-c/27320) a watch that is inspired by the British Royal Air Force, in order to mark the 100th year of British Aviation. I love the simplicity of this watch along with the colour, weight and the feel which is something l find really befitting for me and still truly a treasure of a beautiful timepiece, even when lm adventuring in the Highlands reminding myself l am wearing a watch, and this is one watch that wouldn’t feel out of place no matter what I am doing be it adventuring, or going to an event as it such a classic.
One major change for Bremont will be that the Arabic numerals are gone giving it a much more modern and yet a non-fussy, simplistic traditional feel which is another reason l love this watch, minimalism/simplicity is the way many people are going currently making it more attractive in my opinion. The back of the watch is gorgeous, the skeletonized rotor is visible showing off its beauty, a modified Valjoux 7750 with a 42 hour power reserve with a Calibre 13 1/4” BE-50AE automatic movement, the main reason for the seductive weight this watch holds.
My time spent up in the sky flying was amazing and quite fascinating, as l found it very euphoric and similar to the times I’ve spent climbing high altitude mountains throughout the world. It reminded me of this moment in particular when l was in the Alps and l had just summited Mont Blanc, l had made it to the peak just before sunrise, l was above the clouds, the sky was clear and if it had been my last day on this planet, a scene like this is exactly where l would want to be. Everything was still, no movement except the sound and feeling of fresh crisp cold cutting air, l was in a place of zen.
I can definitely say that flying a plane with a beautiful timepiece fits hand in hand, including again going back to the amazing mechanics involved in the creation of both. This is a must for anyone, especially supporting a brand who specializes in cultivating and continuing a relationship with the British Royal Air Force who test these watches in many extreme environments pushing the boundaries giving Bremont the edge over other watchmakers.
The second part of my adventure took me to the Isle of Orkney, l love visiting Orkney, the feel of being on the islands, the support within the local community, and also the history there of our Scottish heritage. l thought that visiting Orkney in particular would fit in well with Bremont because it played a vital role during both World Wars.
Scapa Flow an area around Orkney had been used many times during British exercises years before the war, it was officially in use during the beginning of WWI when tens of thousands of sailors and dozens of warships relocated to Orkney from the south coast of England giving Britain a quicker respond time to the German fleet based in the Baltic sea. At 120 miles Scapa Flow is one of the worlds largest natural harbours, and during WWII Scapa Flow played a unique role due to its great distance from the German Airfields. There are still remains of sunken warships around the islands of Orkney if you ever get to adventure there you should check that out, especially if you are fond of diving, as lots to explore.
Unfortunately l didn’t get the time to dive in Orkney with Bremont, but as ever l took the chance to revisit some of our special historical sites that date back older than both wars. The Ring of Brodgar a massive stone circle estimated to of been built around 5000 years ago, and the Broch of Gurness, a layout of a village dating back to life in the middle ages, both amazing sites and really gets you thinking about times past and where we are at now. Not to mention thinking about how older civilisations had their own way of telling the time and monitoring changes in the sky, including with some amazing stone structures.
I really enjoyed my time flying and stepping back in time with Bremont watches. And I hope that you all enjoyed this read just as much, giving you a little insight about one of Bremont’s beautiful watches, and I hope you will be inspired to check them out for yourself, and maybe even go out and give flying a try.