Bremont’s just-released Longitude watch, in addition to being a brand new collection, also marks the debut of the brand’s long-awaited in-house movement. The new ENG300 series will be fully assembled at the brand’s new “The Wing” factory in Henley-on-Thames, with the ENG376 as the first movement. Bremont acquired the rights to the K1 movement entirely from THE+ (related to Horage), redesigned 80% of the movement’s weight, and can now claim that the movement will be 100% assembled in its own manufacturing facility. Indeed, it’s been a long time coming for Bremont cheap, and it marks a new chapter for the British watch brand led by its British brothers.
The ENG300 will meet observatory standards (though not COSC certified), and Bremont reports an accuracy of +/- 3 seconds per day. Featuring a silicon escapement, custom balance bridge and tungsten rotor, the ENG376 will be the first in a series of new Bremont Manufacture movements that the brand will launch. To be fair, expectations will be high, and after working at The Wing for a while and dealing with the new Longitude, I am confident that a substantial investment of time and money will position best Bremont in the category the brand has long aspired to.
Not only does the name pay homage to England’s timekeeping history – the brass used on the outer edge of the movement is derived from the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
The Longitude case is 40mm in diameter, with a lug thickness of 12.5mm and a lug-to-lug height of 49mm, with a large date window and a power reserve indicator inspired by the red ball on the top of the Royal Observatory. It really is a beautiful And a well-made watch with an impressive case and an elegantly minimalist design that ultimately matches a genuine manufactured movement.
Flip the case over to reveal the well-built ENG376, which runs at 25,200 vph and has a 65-hour power reserve. The unique design interplay of rhodium and gold plating on the bridges and small details such as the blued screws really reflect what the brand is trying to achieve and communicate with its first in-house movement.
The opening of The Wing and the debut of the ENG376 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brand, with the British bro promising more calibers in the near future, more affordable than the less-expensive Longitude range. Popular fake watch