Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold
Angus Davies reviews the Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold, a chronograph and COSC certified chronometer. This pilot’s watch is delivered in a sumptuous 18-carat gold that beguiles with its polished form.
This detailed watch review of the Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Compared with some watch companies, Bremont is a relatively young brand, formed in 2002 by Nick and Giles English. Ever since inception it has focussed upon creating pilot’s watches exhibiting a robust character.
Bremont is a brand synonymous with exploration and adventure with the likes of Ben Saunders and Charley Boorman choosing to wear the company’s chronometers. The Trip-Tick construction of the case, made of hardened steel, ensures that minor impacts don’t mar the factory-fresh appearance of the cherished timepiece.
The steel ALT1-C has been in the range for some time and has proved popular, courtesy of its clean, uncluttered bi-compax layout.
Recently, I had the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with the Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold and the experience was very pleasurable. However, it exhibits a very different character than the majority of Bremont’s models and justifies further discussion.
The 18-carat gold case has a very luxurious mien and exudes indulgence with its polished exterior. The Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold provides an interesting juxtaposition to the serviceability exhibited by the accessible steel models. Historically, Bremont has only produced gold watches for its limited edition timepieces such as the Victory and Codebreaker, this is the first time the company has sought to employ the noble metal for a non-limited watch. However, I must add that the supply of these watches will remain restricted based purely on capacity, hence a degree of exclusivity is virtually guaranteed.
The off-white dial has a classical, almost vintage appearance. Whilst the Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold shares the same layout as the steel models, the Rose Gold feels like a fundamentally different watch.
Black swallow-shaped hour and minute hands eloquently communicate the prevailing time. A central chronograph hand is super-slim, wonderfully interfacing with the minute track.
The detailing of the dial is particularly attractive. Where the steel model features Arabic numerals, in a decidedly modern font, the Rose Gold employs Arabic numerals avec serifs exhibiting a traditional persona.
The two subdials share identical proportions and feature snailed detail. The register adjacent the crown is a 30-minute chronograph counter whereas the subdial opposite displays small seconds.
A date aperture is presented above 6 o’clock. A small criticism is that the date disc sits a little low beneath the dial surface, but this does not unduly detract from a very resolved dial design.
The case measures 43 mm in diameter and has a height of 16 mm. I found it sat very well on the wrist and its proportions should appeal to a broad cross-section of potential buyers.
All surfaces of the 18-carat rose gold case are highly polished. The chosen finish suits the watch. In some cases, watches which feature only polished surfaces can appear a tad sickly, but this allegation could not be made against the ALT1-C Rose Gold. One reason for this is possibly the case band. In common with the Trip-tick design of the steel model, the Rose Gold has a DLC treated case band or “barrel”. The black hue of the DLC provdes a pleasing contrast to the rose gold.
This black tincture also features on the gold crown in combination with the company’s logo, a propellor.
The push pieces are circular, truncated in length but broad in profile. They don’t unduly protrude and deliver a delightful tactility.
Bremont has sought to reveal the movement with an exhibition case back. However, in contrast with the steel models, the sapphire crystal has a greater diameter, revealing more of the movement. I particularly appreciate this aspect of the design as it delivers a greater view of the Calibre 13 1/4” BE-50AE.
Bremont has used a Valjoux 7750-SO BI AC movement as the basis for the Calibre 13 1/4” BE-50AE. This famous movement needs little discussion, its legend is well-known and has won many admirers over the years. However, Bremont has modified the Valjoux 7750, delivering a pleasingly finished item. A Bremont moulded and decorated rotor, blued screws and attractive circular graining on the mainplate all enhance the specification.
In common with the Bremont’s steel models, this is a chronometer certified by COSC, further attesting to its accuracy.
Bremont is a brand I admire because of the amazing achievements made in a relatively short time frame. The products which bear its name are good looking, robust and deliver accessible pricing.
Whilst I like the steel ALT1-C and appreciate its blend of talents, the Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold is exceptionally appealing. It looks good on the wrist and feels opulent with its polished surfaces and high quality strap. Moreover, its dial is very legible and exudes an almost nostalgic charm that I find very engaging.
The Rose Gold may be a little too special for use as a pilot’s watch, but special it most certainly is. I love it and think it is probably my favourite watch to date from the brand who appears to be flying high on the warm currents of success.
- Model: Bremont ALT1-C Rose Gold
- Reference: ALT1-C/RG
- Case: 18-carat rose gold; diameter 43.00 mm; height 16.00 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph.
- Movement: Calibre 13 1/4” BE-50AE, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 kph (4Hz); 28 jewels; Power reserve 42 hours.
- Strap: Black crocodile leather strap with 18-carat rose gold pin buckle.
- Price: £13,950 (as at 27.2.2014)