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Friday, October 19, 2012

Baby Bremont: Solo-37 designed for ladies

Just to prove that Bremont isn't only a rugged male preserve offering 45mm watches for burly guys, the luxury British watchmaker has launched a new timepiece, the Solo-37, a model aimed squarely at female shoppers, and it's thought to be ideally suited to the Asian market.
As with many Bremont watches, the Solo-37 watch is inspired by 1940’s pilots’ watches, and is part of the wider Solo range.

A chronometer, it’s the smallest watch ever produced by Bremont. It’s also much lighter on the wrist, with various finishes that should hold appeal for women.

At present the Solo-37 is available with a white-dial in a stainless steel or with an 18ct rose gold plated bezel. The brand is also set to launch a black dialled version with white indices.

Bremont recently declared that  “One of the core underlying principles of Bremont has always been to produce a watch that in a given price-point just cannot be beaten in terms of the quality of engineering used in its construction. The Solo is no exception.”

The watch is a three-hand stainless steel 37mm case hardened in the UK to over 2000 Vickers - seven times more scratch resistant than a standard watch. British designed and Swiss made Bremont modified calibre 13 1/4 BE-36AE automatic chronometer. The movement is made with 25 jewels, beats at 28,800 VpH and has a power reserve of 38 hours. Domed glareproof sapphire crystal protects the front of the case while the caseback is fitted with an integrated flat crystal providing full view of the movement. Stainless steel caseback with integrated sapphire crystal 'exhibition' back providing full view of watch mechanism.

Bremont recently launched in the Asian market with a Chinese website, and the Solo-37 will also be launched in Asia where it is expected to be successful owing to its smaller case size.

Best watch of the year: Richard Mille RM056 Felipe Massa Sapphire Tourbillon Competition Chronograph


The Richard Mille Watch RM 056 Felipe Massa Sapphire Tourbillon Competition Chronograph, launched in January 2012, has just been voted “Best Watch of the Year” at the 5th SIAR «Salon International Alta Relojeria», which took place in Mexico at the beginning of October.

Richard Mille's incredible $1.7m timepiece is equipped with a movement originally developed for the RM 008. The result is a watch that is un-equalled in performance and long-term reliability.

The RM 056 is made from a three part case cut entirely from sapphire. It is the first time in watchmaking history that a case has been produced in this exceptionally hard material (9,0 on the Mohs scale - The Mohs scale of mineral hardness charts the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs developed the system in 1912.)

The bezel, case-band and back are cut from the sapphire in 3 complete pieces with no additional structure or support in their assembly. The fabrication of the RM 056 is the result of several years research and testing for it to comply with all the resistance and comfort criteria. Sapphire is made up of aluminium oxide (Al203) which is known for its high resistance to scratches and its transparency and purity are a result of this composition. The most difficult challenge for Richard Mille has been the machining of such a watch. The bezel, caseband and back require at least 1,000 hours of machining per case. 

This includes 430 hours of cutting and 350 hours of polishing.  This heavily skeletonized and see-through watch is also the perfect showcase for the lightest split-second chronograph tourbillon in the world. The RM056 features the hours, minutes, split-seconds chronograph, power reserve, function and torque indicators.

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