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Bremont Codebreaker

Bremont Codebreaker
01/11/2013 HowardP

Codebreaker front

You probably remember Bremonts classic limited edition ‘EP-120’, ‘P-51’ and last years ‘Victory’, well now they’ve introduced a new piece into the exclusive range called the ‘Codebreaker’, following in Bremonts exclusivity the new time piece will be built in limited numbers of 240 steel pieces and a further 50 rose gold pieces.

Bremonts limited edition lines are known for taking stylistic influence from famous military icons and incorporating historical artefact materials sourced from the specific historical examples, the Codebreaker is the next in the limited edition line and does not disappoint.

The Codebreaker has been designed to incorporate influence from Bletchley Park, the WW11 headquarters for the United Kingdoms ciphers and decryptions operations, the Government Code and Cipher School (GC&CS), where it is most famously known for generating ciphers for the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.

Codebreaker RotorsBletchley Park was the workstation for Scientists, mathematicians and crucial supporting staff during the war, inventing ingenious machines and novel manual techniques to crack the German Ciphers, their critical role helped shorten the war by at least two years and saved millions of lives.  It is clear to see how Bremont can take inspiration from Bletchley Parks coding history, innovativly incorporating real life elements from its exciting history into the new finely crafted timepiece.

The piece incorporates historical artefacts sourced for Bletchley Park, early computer and code history has been crafted into each individual piece.

Codebreaker SerialThe crown is engraved from pine from the iconic hut 6, the centre of the operations to decrypt German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe Enigma Ciphers.  The serial numbers are displayed on the side of the 43mm case using paper from a few remaining punch cards left onsite, used to analyse the vast amount of coded data created from the daily Enigma communications.  The rotor has been designed to replicate the drum of the Bombe machine incorporating parts of an original German Enigma rotor.

At Ad Astra we are particularly interested in the Bremont brand and its investment into aviation and military connections, we love this mix of signature Bremont with a vintage military style design inspired by the classic 1940’s officers watch.  The piece incorporates a flyback chronograph allowing a single pusher press to stop, reset and start the chronograph and a balanced use of Arabic numerals building upon the military aesthetic.

The piece is powered by a BE-83AR flyback chronograph with 39 jewels, three-legged Glucydur balance with Nivarox 1 mainspring 28,800 bph, incabloc shock protection and 46 hour power reserve.

Proceeds from the sale of the Codebreaker well help support the on-going restoration of Bletchley Park.

We are really excited by the Bremont limited edition range and its got us thinking, what would you like to see as the next limited edition piece?