The Bremont ALT1-C/PW: Hardened & High Polished
Last year, one of my favorite pieces was the rose gold Bremont ALT1-C/RG. This watch took the case and dial layout of Bremont's popular ALT1-C, and incorporated stylistic influences from both 19th century pocket watches and the their hit 2012 limited edition, the Victory. This year, Bremont has come out with a bright steel version of the ALT1-C/RG called the ALT1-C/PW ("Polished White"). While the watch features the same dial and hands as the rose gold edition or "RG", the watch is technologically a breakthrough for Bremont, as it is features a high-polish finish hardened to the same standard as the other steel models in the Bremont line.
Before we get on to the high polish finish of the watch, let's revisit the inspiration for the piece. When describing the rose gold ALT1-C/RG Classic last year, Bremont Co-founder, Nick English, said he wanted to continue making gold watches in the style of the 2012 Limited Edition Victory; a style influenced by British watches of the 1800's. In last year's post, we looked at each design element of the dial of the ALT1-C/RG and discussed how, with the exception of the main hands, the watch was crafted to match the ALT1-C's more austere layout; the hands of the ALT1-C/RG were identical to the Victory. Those observations all seem equally applicable to the new steel model which retails for $6,695.
The 2012 Limited Edition Victory is the design inspiration for both the ALT1-C/RG and ALT1-C/PW
The finish detail is a first for Bremont. Unlike all of their other steel models, which feature a brushed "gun metal" look, the ALT1-C/PW case features a high polish. What's interesting is despite the bright and high-gloss finish of the PW, it features the same hardening process as their other more industrial looking steel pieces. Like the rest of the Bremont core line, the highly polished case is scratch resistant to 2000 Vickers. Aside from enhancing the durability, the visual effect of the hardening process is quite striking. While not exactly mirror like, the bright high-gloss finish is a different and more refined look than traditional polished steel. Like the ALT1-C/RG, the PW features a formal black alligator strap, and a larger sapphire crystal on the case back.
For those who have been waiting for Bremont to come out with a more formal chronograph, the ALT1-C/PW has arrived! Below are additional photos of this beautiful watch.
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