Hands-On: A hands-on review of the Bremont Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH.
This detailed review of the Bremont Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH includes live pictures, specification and pricing.
Ever since its inception, Bremont has championed its English origins and flown the flag for British manufacturing. It is therefore fitting that the horological brand from Henley-on-Thames has partnered with premium car manufacturer, Jaguar.
The Bremont Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH is one of several co-branded models designed to celebrate the best of British craftsmanship. The aesthetic codes of each dial tastefully echo the design of period dashboards found in former models of the prestigious car marque. This latest iteration of the Bremont Jaguar series was inspired by the Lightweight E-Type Jaguars of the 1960s.
The white dial immediately confers a sense of purity. The faceted hour and minute hands are silver-toned, feature red tips and sit resplendently above the dial canvas, proclaiming the time clearly.
The two subdials are delivered in contrasting black, mimicking the cockpit instruments found in the aforementioned Lightweight E-Type. The left hand subdial displays small seconds, while the right hand one serves as a 30-minute chronograph register. The scale and style of the subdials grants an even-handedness, ensuring each element of the dial feels cohesive and balanced.
Arabic numerals denote the hours but are restricted to 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock. Small dots assume the responsibility for imparting the hours between 5 and 7 o’clock. The absence of a chapter ring between 4 and 8 o’clock does make the read-off of minutes a little challenging and would be my only criticism of the dial layout.
The central chronograph seconds hand features a lollipop design, aiding visibility.
An aperture is positioned at 6 o’clock and is framed with a svelte square, guiding the eye to the prevailing date. A tachymeter scale makes the calculation of speed a simple matter.
The dial of the Bremont Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH wonderfully emulates the dashboard instruments of the Lightweight E-Type but fulfils its role successfully, communicating clearly with the wearer.
The case is constructed of polished, hardened stainless steel. From experience, I know that this particular material shrugs off minor impacts well. The 43mm diameter case is described as being of Bremont Trip-Tick® construction, referring to the three part case featuring a DLC case-band.
Bremont has wisely avoided excessive dimensions which could otherwise dissuade some would-be buyers from making a purchase. The Bremont Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH has short lugs which lend themselves to enveloping the wrist, resulting in a comfortable fit.
The crown is tastefully adorned with a tyre-tread motif. The decoration does not sacrifice practicality on the alter of style, proving simple to grip and adjust.
The blue perforated calf-leather strap evokes thoughts of racing gloves of yesteryear. It befits the watch and adds a dose of cultured nostalgia.
Gracing the rear of the case is a pane of sapphire crystal granting sight of the automatic movement.
Bremont has expended much effort on the finish and appearance of the Calibre 13 1?4’’’ BE-50AE. The oscillating mass is a beautiful design, imitating the appearance of the steering wheel found within a Jaguar E-Type. The central bridge is adorned with perlage and a plethora of blued screws populate the movement.
The watch is a capable timekeeper, a quality borne out with the independent chronometer certification (COSC).
The potential problem of making a watch bearing the name of a car company is that marketing opportunism often takes precedence over style and functionality. Thankfully, the Bremont Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH successfully navigates this hazard, delivering an achingly gorgeous aesthetic in the process.
The dial is clean and crisp, proving easy on the eye and simple to read. The case feels robust and, courtesy of its hardened surface, is resistant to annoying scratches. Bremont has equipped the Jaguar MKII BJ-11/WH with a beautifully appointed movement featuring an eye-catching oscillating mass, some pleasing finishing and COSC certification.
Bremont has crafted a timepiece which delivers an array of qualities as well as flying the flag for all anglophiles. This watch has been designed with patriots in mind and is a timepiece worthy of the illustrious Jaguar name.
Case: Steel; diameter 43mm; sapphire crystal to front and caseback; water resistant to 10 ATM (100 metres).
Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph; tachymeter scale
Movement: Calibre 13 1?4’’’ BE-50AE; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 28 jewels; power reserve 42 hours.
Strap: Blue perforated calf leather strap supplied on a steel pin buckle.
Price: £5,195 (RRP as at 21.8.2017)
I would like to thank Jura Watches for kindly providing access to this remarkable timepiece.
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.