Sponsoring the prestigious boat race America’s Cup has proven to be a big deal for a number of watch brands so far, and as of May earlier in 2015, Replica Bremont is the first British watchmaker to be the official timekeeper of the event. Furthermore, Bremont also works with Oracle Team USA, one of the major sailing teams to enter the race. Such an important occasion demands at least a special edition to go with it – we are seeing much more than that this time around though, as the Bremont America’s Cup Collection has been announced today, containing four different – albeit not entirely new – references.
The Bremont AC I and AC II models are, as noted above, more elegant in their design, and while they do have some “yachting” flair to them, you can tell they will feel (and look) more at home in the on the shore than on one of the high-tech ships, literally flying above the plane of the open water. The Patek Philippe Replica AC I takes its design reference from the SOLO range (reviewed here). It is this piece that is the more simple and restrained of the two, with a three-hands layout sporting a central seconds hand and a date at the 6 o’clock position. The movement inside the 43mm stainless steel case is the BE-36AE, that should be a modified ETA 2836-2 with a much welcome chronometer certification.
The Bremont Oracle I and Oracle II pieces have deservedly been named after the sailing team: based on the Supermarine, both feature C.O.S.C. certified movements and are water resistant to 500 meters. The Oracle I comes with a three-hands configuration (the same movement as is found FAKE PP in the AC I) over a metal dial bearing the Oracle Team USA logo at 6, all wrapped into the 43mm widesteel case with automatic helium escape valve, inner soft iron anti-magnetic cage, protective anti-shock movement mount and a crown at 2 o’clock.
The Bremont Oracle II adds a a 24H GMT hand to the Oracle I and replaces the silver colored dial to one in black – which should provide it with better SWISS REPLICA PATEK PHILIPPE legibility as the contrast between the silver hands is incomparably better agains the dark background. Both pieces are chronometer certified and come on a red rubber strap and a black “kevlar-style” strap with stainless steel buckles.