I had been interested in the Bremont range particularly the ALT1-Z for a while. So I asked if I could see the crème dialed version in the flesh at the next Bristol GTG before making a decision. The watch arrived at the last GTG in December brought by Nick English from Bremont, thanks again Nick. Knowing a bit more about the process behind the watch design made it that much more special. We also had most of the other watches in the range to look at. Including Charlie’s ALT1-Z and Bear’s ALT1-P watches scattered amongst the other pieces. I opened the box had a quick look at the packaging then slipped it onto my wrist. Having a closer inspection it was clear how well engineered they are, the weight and finish oozes quality. The feel of the watch is very tactile. Not wanting to rush into things I thought about sleeping on it however that idea was short lived, because once in my hand the decision to buy was made easily. If it can survive some of the abuse it suffered during the Long Way Down at the hands of Ewan and Charlie, anything I was going to do would be a walk in the park for it. So all I had to do now was sell a couple of my vintage pieces to fund it.

I took delivery just after Christmas and taking it out of the box again, looking at the dial then flipping it over to look at the back. Noticed that the serial number is an early one and the movement is blued not swirl pattern decorated like the later movements seen in all the advertising. The strap was easily adjusted and it quickly slipped on and felt really, very comfortable straight away. The weight was a lot heavier than I was used to on my wrist, but felt good. I had chosen the ALT1-Z because of the GMT function and the crème dial version, as it was radically different from the other watches in my collection.

Fast forward four month's since receiving the ALT1-Z at the beginning of the year. So here are some of my impressions;

While living with the Bremont it has performed flawlessly. I found the dial to be bright and clear to read. The sub dials standout and the markings on each are different which makes reading the chronograph straightforward. A recent business trip made use of the GMT function, very handy to know the time back home. I have given the watch a few good whacks at work and the electron bombarded case has done it’s job well, because it still looks as fresh as a brand new watch. Supported by the wide leather strap its weight is comfortable on the wrist and I now don’t notice the weight. The only issue with the strap that I found is that the long arm of the deployment sometimes digs into the side of your wrist.

This was solved by fitting the strap the other way around which also stopped the buckle from scrapping across the desk and the top of my laptop. Which thinking about it was the correct way around anyway.

My daily routine which many of you will be familiar with of choosing the next one to wear whilst winding watches in the morning has gone out the window. Reaching for the crème faced Bremont each morning and snapping the buckle shut then continuing to wind another watch. Checking the times on each as I go.

Here are some comparison shots…..

With a silver faced Benrus Sky Chief.....

And a Hanhart....

And with a Speedy…

Case: From the top it is very conventional looking. But when viewed from the side the lugs curve gently downwards and are rounded at the ends. The pushers for the chronograph start/stop and reset functions take very little pressure and make a satisfying click. Another detail that I only noticed when changing the strap over. Was that the second piston ring groove on the barrel between the lugs have flats milled into them. I really like the barrel with it’s grooves and black finish. The enameled crown is another design feature to make the watch stand out.

Dial: Owing to the Double sided AR coating on the slightly domed crystal it is really bright and clear. It’s almost as if the sapphire crystal is not there and you can reach in to touch the hands. The second time zone is highlighted by a grey ring and the red pointer on the 24hr hand makes reading it a breeze. Each of the sub dials have different markings which makes the dial interesting to look at. The internal bezel moves smoothly and has a lumed triangle. The hands change colour when viewed from different directions, sometimes black, others silver.

Strap: The lug width is 22mm and the spring bars are curved. The leather strap is thick and tapers down to 20mm at its ends. I found that the leather strap is more comfortable than the fabric one which I fitted using a second set of 22mm spring bars, also you have to change over the deployment clasp. It took longer for that strap to feel comfortable. Currently I have it back on the leather strap. Shown below is a perforated racing strap that I have tried recently which worked well.

Movement: At the heart of this watch is a beating 7750 modified with a GMT complication. The refinement is highlighted by the use of blued parts and screws which are hidden under the elegant skeleton winding rotor.

Conclusion: Sure the watch is a lot of money and the movement is a 7750 family variant. But the design is well executed and extremely well engineered and hardwearing. I have been wearing this watch constantly since January and now feel that it’s part of my arm. The GMT has been useful on my business trips, always knowing the time back home is a real lifesaver. The strap has stood up very well with daily visits to the pool, steam and sauna rooms. Which have as yet had no detrimental effects on the strap. It still looks great, both the strap and watch look a fresh as when I first bought them.

So the Bremont pushes all my buttons being a chrono fan and I am looking forward to the forth coming EP120 from Bremont which I think should be something rather special and has already split the WUS opinion.

Hope this helps anyone interested in or maybe buying one of these watches in the near future....