Not too much information right now but this is the upcoming limited edition Bremont HMS Victory limited edition watch. The classic looking chronograph will be produced in honor of the historic HMS Victory ship. The HMS Victory was originally built in the 18th century and is the oldest surviving warship from that era. The limited edition watch is said to contain actual original material from the ship itself.
The watch is part of a relationship between UK-based watch brand Bremont and The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, England. The final piece will be unveiled in July 2012 during an event aboard the ship. This is the second Bremont limited edition watch to contain parts from an historic military machine. They did this first in the Mustang P-51 timepiece covered here.
There are very few tech specs on the actual watch itself, and we don’t know exactly where the “original HMS Victory material” will go. It could very well be on the rotor of the automatic movement. I am guessing that the steel watch case is about 43mm wide. Done like an old ship’s clock, the dial is very legible and classy. I love the white dial with black hands and hour markers.
Inside the watch looks to be a base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement. Bremont seems to use a special module that turns the subsidiary seconds and date indicators into retrograde hands. The result is a wonderfully symmetrical and balanced dial that feels fresh and new despite the intentionally “old” looking dial design. The retrograde seconds dial jumps back to its original position after each 30 seconds (as opposed to after each 60 seconds). I really like the decorative effects in the retrograde dials.
Right now we don’t know how much the piece will cost or how many Bremont will make. Limited edition pieces such as this seem to be increasingly important to the brand and I look forward to checking out the HMS Victory chronograph watch myself.