A beautiful two-eye chronograph inspired by a vintage war plane.
Following the design cues of the ALT1-C – the very first timepiece for the British brand, debuting in 2007 – the new ALT1-C Griffon is also heavily inspired by the aviation legends in general, and the Mk XIX Spitfire in particular. The ‘Griffon’ part in the name stands for Rolls-Royce Griffon, a British aero-engine designed and built by Rolls-Royce in 1930s. But let’s just forget for a moment about all this sacred aviation lore, and see this chronograph for what it is – quite an attractive watch faithfully carrying on the pilot’s tradition. A clean matt black dial is perfectly symmetrical with small seconds at 9 counterbalanced by a 30-minute counter at 3. There’s also a subtle date window of a matching color sitting at 6. And of course, the central hands, as well as the Arabic numerals with big 12 are covered with Super-LumiNova, for convenient time telling in dark conditions.
The 43-mm steel case houses the BE-50AE automatic movement, beating inside at 28,800 bpm and providing 42 hours of power reserve. Its finishings including nice decorations of an open-worked rotor are visible through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The Bremont ALT1-C Griffon is available on a vintage-styled leather strap for the classic pilot’s appearance, or on a stainless steel bracelet for the more modern sporty look, – after all, the watch is water resistant up to 10 ATM and is perfect for semi-casual everyday duties.
Mar. 18, 2020