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    Default Bremont Basel Exclusive - The Victory Watch

    Wow. This one is pretty special. Giles and Nick have just announced that they are working with the National Museum of the Royal Navy to produce a limited edition watch, that will include wood and copper from one of the most famous ships in history - Victory - Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    Few details available now, but the watch will be launched on HMS Victory herself on the 12th July, 2012.

    Here's a teaser I managed to get from my visit to Bremont HQ last month. Can't wait to see more of this one...


    Wood and Copper by Noodlefish, on Flickr

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    Bremont Watch Company is delighted to be working with The National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth) to create a limited edition watch unlike any other watch ever created. Each mechanical retrograde 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 is producing a totally unique watch that will include parts of oak timber and copper from the original ship. Part of the proceeds of each watch will go towards the refurbishment and preservation of the ship.

    Giles English “I went to the same school as Nelson 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.”

    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.”

    About The National Museum of the Royal Navy:

    The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th Century. Today's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is to a remarkable extent the history of Britain.

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s aim is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them.
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    Very Cool!! Cant wait to see it!

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    Now that sounds like a very interesting project indeed- if the movement is British as well then I think Bremont have come up with a sure fire winner. I wonder how they will accommodate the wood?

    Looking forward to hearing more about this one for sure! Thx for sharing.

    Cheers,

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    Details have been coming in from Basel. I'll attempt to contact Bremont and see what info we can get about the watch itself, including the movement.

    What I do know (from Twitter) is that it's limited to 250 pieces.
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    Default Copper and wood

    Imagine the patina they're going to get on this:


    Copper by Noodlefish, on Flickr

    Can't wait to see how they use this:


    Wood by Noodlefish, on Flickr

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    They could make a reaaaaalllly nice box out of it


    Only joking! I'm sure it will be great!

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    I love this project.
    My uncle was in charge of the 1960's restoration of the USS Constellation, the oldest US Naval ship (put to sea and engaged in battle before the USS Constitution). Following several refits, there has been ongoing controversy surrounding the question whether enough of the original ship is still in existence to call her the original Constellation. My uncle contended in a book 'The Constellation Question', that she is still the original.
    Not to denigrate this excellent project in any way, but I wonder if there are similar questions floating around the world of naval architecture regarding the HMS Victory.
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