We were invited for the official introduction of Bremont watches in the Netherlands. As of now, Harry Tromp jewellers will be the first (of two) official dealers for Bremont watches. Together with a nice group of guests we gathered at the Harry Tromp shop on the Rokin in Amsterdam. Once everyone was there, we headed towards the canal boats which was near Harry Tromp. Shop owner Harry Tromp and his team welcomed us there together with Bremont representatives Janbart and Stephen.
As soon as everybody stepped on board we took off for a scenic route on the Amsterdam canals. Can’t recall when I saw Amsterdam from a canal boat the last time but the experience is really different (in a good way) from walking in the (small) streets. At some points the canals are hardly wide enough to fit the boat, yet the captain manages to get through without any problems.
Time for the festivities! Harry Tromp welcomes his guests with a short speech and introduces the Bremont team, who start explaining the story of Bremont and where the name comes from. We’ve quoted them below.
Life for Nick & Giles English changed significantly one clear day in March 1995. Nick was practicing for an air display with their father Euan. But the 1942 WWII Harvard aircraft they were flying was involved in an accident. Giles, waiting to take off for the next sortie was told that his father had been killed. His brother had broken over 30 bones and probably wouldn’t make it.
Six months later, however, Nick was back in the air and being flown by Giles. But things would never be the same again. Life was too short to waste. The two brothers decided to pursue what they enjoyed most: a life crafting beautifully engineered mechanical devices.
When they weren’t flying old aircraft, Nick & Giles had spent most of their childhood making things in the workshop of their gifted father – an ex-RAF pilot with a PHD in Aeronautical Engineering. Models. Restored cars. They even helped him to build an aircraft they still fly to this day. Euan was also passionate about mechanical timepieces. He would often bring home an old clock from an auction for the brothers to try and get going again. The passion lives on in the classic curve of a Bremont timepiece.
THE NAME BREMONT
In the late 1990s, Nick & Giles were flying across France in their 1930’s biplane. The weather was closing in. A rough-running engine forced them to make an emergency landing. Keen to avoid the French authorities, the brothers were more than happy to accept the gracious help of the farmer whose field they had landed in. They stayed in his home, the aircraft took cover in the barn. It transpired their host had flown aircraft during the war, as well as being a gifted engineer. Half-restored wall clocks lay everywhere, together with numerous engine parts. The farmer still even wore his own father’s wristwatch. The brothers promised that his warm hospitality would never be forgotten. His name? Antoine Bremont.
After the official part (where a lot of information was told) there was plenty of time to have a look at the collection of watches. Pretty much the entire line-up was on display, with the guys from Bremont and Tromp nearby to answer any in-depth question(s). Janbart even changed straps on the spot for someone with a smaller wrist to try the watch. It was an excellent event and we would like to thank Harry Tromp and Bremont for the great evening.
For more information about the watches please visit the official Bremont website.
Bert Buijsrogge has worked in the real-estate business for 15 years and combined his passion for watches and photography over the years. He became famous for his watch photography and created a specific branded watch calendar for a number of... read more