Bremont, SalonQP and Lord Nelson’s Pocket Watch to Launch Bremont Victory
In the run up to SalonQP 2012 at The Saatchi Gallery on Thursday 8th November to Saturday 10th November 2012 we will be giving you a preview of what’s to come an some great hands on reviews of some of the exhibitors timepieces. Starting with a preview of the Bremont Victory and confirmation that Bremont will be launching their Victory Watch alongside Admiral Lord Nelson’s Pocket Watch on loan from the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.
First off here is the Press Release by Bremont regarding the Appearance of the Pocket Watch at SalonQP.
Nelson’s Pocket Watch makes an appearance at SalonQP
Bremont are pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting a special historic timepiece to accompany the launch of their Victory watch at this year’s SalonQP.
Leaving its usual station at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, Admiral Lord Nelson’s original pocket watch will be on display exclusively at SalonQP on Thursday 8th November and Friday 9th November.
The gold pocket watch formerly belonging to Nelson was passed down to his daughter Horatia after his death in 1805. This was then kept within the family until 1957 when it was presented to the Museum by one her great grandsons, where it remains today.
Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar have both been a great fascination as well as inspiration for the Bremont brand and they are delighted to be working closely with The National Museum of the Royal Navy. The launch of their unique, limited edition Victory watch features original oak timber and copper from the HMS Victory ship with parts of the proceeds going towards important restoration works.
To follow up we also have a little video from Bremont of Giles English one of the Bremont Brothers who founded the British Watchmaker talking to SalonQP about the upcoming show piece event.
Following on from Gile’s comments above we thought a little about the Bremont Victory would fit nicely here,
Bremont Watch Company has been working with The National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth) to create a limited edition watch unlike any other watch ever created in the Bremont Victory. Each mechanical retrograde Victory watch will be made with original parts of HMS Victory built into it.
HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th Century ship anywhere in the world and remains the oldest serving warship still to be in commission- she still retains her own Captain, offices and crew and flies the flag of the Second Sea Lord, Commander in Chief Naval Home Command. Laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765; she is most famous as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.
HMS Victory as with any ship has had constant work carried out on her over the years. The ship sustained considerable damage after the battle of Trafalgar and had a major re-fit in 1814 and 1888 and then in 1903 following an accident where she was almost sunk on her mooring as a result of being struck by another boat. In 1910 the Society for Nautical Research was set up and in 1922 she was placed into dry dock where she currently stands.
Many years of exposure have taken their toll on HMS Victory and in 2010 a major refit was commissioned to preserve her for future generations. To commemorate Nelson and HMS Victory, Bremont has produced a totally unique watch that includes parts of oak timber and copper from the original ship. A portion of the proceeds of each watch will go towards the refurbishment and preservation of the ship.
Giles English “Nelson went to my school and as a boy he always fascinated me, I remember clearly the first time I visited HMS Victory. Over the last few years both Nick and myself have been working with the Royal Navy Fleet air arm Heritage and that’s when we heard about the restoration of HMS Victory. With no hesitation we approached the Navy and discussed the possibility of creating a watch using original parts from the ship. Not only did we want to make the watch unique but we also want it to be a horological masterpiece.”
We also hear from The National Museum of the Royal Navy
Giles Gould of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, “We take any relationship such as this very seriously and we have to be very confident that both HMS Victory and Nelson will be honoured correctly. We have never released original wood/copper that is as old as this and we think what Bremont is building is an amazing tribute. Victory means a lot to us and the Navy and the fact some of the proceeds of the watches sales are going towards the preservation of the Ship all help preserve her for future generations.”
The watch was initially launched on a wet day on the HMS Victory on the 12th July, 2012 and even the weather did not dampen the proceedings, to further introduce the Bremont Victory to the world the British Watchmaker Bremont will be exhibiting the Victory alongside Lord Nelson’s Pocket Watch.
The Victory will be available in two variants Rose Gold and stainless steel. The Stainless Steel will be limited to 250 pieces worldwide and Rose Gold limited to 40 timepieces. Bremont state the Victory will be shipped towards the end of 2012 and therefore the launch at SalonQP coincides with this.
Rose Gold: Victory/RG
Stainless Steel: Victory/SS
BE-83AR chronograph with retrograde seconds and retrograde date.Diameter 13 1/4″, height 7.90mm,
three-legged Glucydur balance with Nivarox 1 mainspring
Incabloc shock protection and 46 hour power reserve.
Perlage and blued screwed decoration with hand crafted stainless steel and copper rotor.
Sweep hours, minutes, retrograde seconds, retrograde date, sweep chronograph seconds, 30-minute counter and 12-hour counter.
Hardened stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold Bremont Trip Tick case construction with original hand engraved copper PVD treated inner barrel (material from HMS
Case diameter 43mm, lug width 22mm and case thickness 17mm.
Hardened stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold case back with integrated hand etched sapphire crystal.
Case back inlaid with original oak from HMS Victory.
Etched metal dial with off-white ground colours and treated steel hands.
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Water resistant to 10ATM, 100 metres.
Louisiana crocodile leather
All Photo’s provided by or obtained from Bremont Watch Company