In the latest of its limited edition timepieces with a charitable element, London-based Bremont Watch Company will produce a limited edition series of watches commemorating the Royal Air Force (RAF). A percentage of the proceeds will go to “the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), which has supported current and former RAF personnel for almost 90 years,” Bremont said in a statement.
The watches incorporate materials from four historic aircraft and are available in stainless steel, rose gold and white gold. All are equipped with a dual time zone (GMT) function, and a day/night indicator. The watches are chronographs, and feature a telemeter scale on the bezel. The telemeter “allows the user to approximately measure the distance to an event that can be both seen and heard,” said Giles English, co-founder of Bremont. For example, the function allows the wearer to calculate the distance (in miles) from where lightening struck.
The 1918 watches are powered by a self-winding movement. Notable is the watch’s winding rotor, which contains material from three historical planes from the RAF. Three planes that flew in 1940 are incorporated: a Supermarine Spitfire, Bristol Blenheim and a Hawker Hurricane. A wood veneer from a fourth airplane, the Shuttleworth Collection 1917 SE5a is represented in the center of the rotor.
“One hundred years of military aviation is a phenomenal milestone to reach and certainly one we couldn’t miss celebrating,” said Bremont co-founder Nick English in a statement. “We are thrilled that the Bremont 1918 can help support a charity which has done such an enormous amount in providing welfare and support to those who currently serve, and have previously served, in in the RAF.”