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At a time of austerity, one American defied convention to build the largest aircraft in the world. Famously known as the ‘Spruce Goose’, the H-4 Hercules and Howard Hughes’ genius was defined by one minute. One minute of flight on 2nd November 1947. In that time Howard Hughes’ vision for the greatest aircraft ever built was vindicated. It’s fitting therefore that the aircraft is being commemorated by a timepiece of this stature.
A sublime fusion of micro-engineering, watch design and aviation history, the Bremont H-4 Hercules Stainless Steel Limited Edition chronometer is limited to only 300 pieces. It salutes this iconic flying boat of the 1940s and contains original birchwood from its fuselage. A percentage of the proceeds from each limited edition will go towards the preservation of the aircraft at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA.
The 25 jewel Bremont BWC/02 movement is based on the original proprietary automatic BWC/01 calibre built in partnership with movement house, La Joux Perret, and is housed in a beautifully finished 43mm case. The new slate grey coloured BWC/02 movement has GMT functionality, along with hours, minutes, a smaller non-hacking seconds hand at 9 o’clock and the date at 6 o’clock. Each Bremont H-4 Hercules Limited Edition rotor is constructed using original birch wood from the H-4 Hercules fuselage, which has been carefully incorporated into each propeller blade.
Bremont BWC/02 automatic with 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Nivarox CT balance spring, Highly efficient double reverser bi-directional winding mechanism to achieve 28,800bph and 50+ hour power reserve. Galvanised NAC (Nickel Anthracite Coating) balance cock, barrel bridge and train bridge.
Hours, minutes, non-hacking small seconds at 9 o’clock and 24 hour GMT. Date at 6 o’clock.
Stainless Steel Bremont Trip-Tick® construction. Case diameter 43mm, height 14.40mm, lug width 22mm. Screw-down crown.
Stainless Steel with integrated flat sapphire crystal. 4 screws to compliment case material.
Matt black metal dial with polished applied indexes, polished nickel/rose gold hands with Super-LumiNova®. 24 hour marked dial ring and brushed nickel calendar disc.
Anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Water resistant to 10 ATM/100 metres.
Vintage leather strap with Stainless Steel pin buckle and additional Grey vintage NATO strap.
LIMITED TO 300
Much like the ‘Spruce Goose’, the new Bremont Limited Edition timepiece has been crafted as much as manufactured and each is carefully hand-built and tested at Bremont’s state-of-the-art workshops in Henley-on-Thames, UK. The limited edition bridle leather packaging, which also incorporates original aileron fabric from the aircraft that flew on the 2nd November 1947, is beautifully designed and manufactured in England.