Paying Tribute to One of the Greats with the Bremont Hawking
Over the years, British brand Bremont has made a habit of incorporating some exceptional materials into their watches. Wood from Lord Nelson’s flagship Victory, fabric from the Wright Flyer, materials from Bletchley Park, the centre of British code breaking in WWII. It’s quite a roster of materials, but their latest limited edition — their 10th to date — manages to match all of the previous instances when it comes to significant inclusions.
Meet the Bremont Hawking, a limited edition dedicated to and in honour of pioneering theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. It’s hard to overstate Professor Hawking’s impact on the scientific world, both in terms of his academic work — notably in quantum mechanics and relativity, but also in the realm of popular science. His 1988 book, A Brief History of Time introduced physics to a whole new audience, and was wildly popular, selling more than 10 million copies.
It’s this work that is of particular interest to Bremont, naturally enough, given the time connection, and in honour of his life and work they’ve released four limited edition watches with some very special touches.
The first three models are a dressy, 41mm watch with a large date (Bremont’s first) and retrograde seconds hand, offered in 388 pieces for the steel model, and 88 pieces for the white and gold versions. The choice of the ’88’ is inspired by the year of publication of his most popular work. In addition to these larger models, Bremont has also released the Hawking Quantum, an 88-piece steel edition in with a 34mm case, meteorite dial and diamond-set bezel and indices that are aimed squarely at the British brand’s female fans. And while the dials of all the models are appealing (the larger model also boasts in inner dial section with black hole inspired spiral etching), it’s the back of the watch that steals the show. The more petite model has a black hole inspired tungsten inlaid with a round sliver of wood from Stephen Hawking’s desk — a prized possession.
This 41mm models also feature elements of Hawking’s desk, but the movement, Bremont’s BE-33AE calibre, is hidden away behind a solid caseback, albeit a stunning one. Roundels of wood and a single disc of meteorite are inlaid into the detailed caseback which presents a representation of the night sky in Oxford, on the 8th of January 1942, when Stephen Hawking was born. On top of that the caseback bears references to Hawking’s work, both popular and academic, and to top it all off, the serial number is printed on a fragment of paper from an original copy of Hawking’s seminal 1979 research paper that described the ‘nuts and bolts of gravity’. This caseback, according to the brothers English was exceptionally complex to create, taking six or seven months to realise fully.
Watches that physically integrate objects of historic or cultural significance are tricky to execute in a balanced way, often they lean too far into nostalgia or kitsch, resulting in something that looks like you picked it up in the gift store. That isn’t an issue on the Bremont Hawking.
The design is versatile, and the nods to Hawking, while numerous, manage not to overpower the overall package. Clearly, Bremont’s experience in this sort of watch design has paid off. It’s also worth noting that some of the proceeds from the sales of these watches will go to supporting those who live with Motor Neurone Disease.
The 41mm Bremont Hawking bears the BE-33AE calibre with 42 hours power reserve and 28,800 BPH. The 34mm Bremont Hawking Quantum bears the BE-92AV calibre with 38 hours power reserve and 28,800BPH
The 41mm model is cased in stainless steel, 18ct white or rose gold. Height 14.2mm, with Trip-Tick case construction. Sapphire caseback revealing a black PVD coated decorative plate inlaid with meteorite, wooden panels and laser engraved manuscript paper. The 34mm Hamwking Quantum cased in polished stainless steel with Trip-Tick Case, 10.5mm thick, bezel set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The dial of the 41mm model in matte black or blue depending on the model, with matte hands and central spiral etching. Aperture at six for retrograde seconds and big date at 12. Dial of the Hawking Quantum made from whitened meteorite and batons indexes set with 33 diamonds.
Bremont Hawking 41mm available on 20mm alligator strap, Bremont Hawking Quantum on 16mm steel bracelet.
Bremont Hawking in white gold £18,995, in rose gold £17,995, in steel £7,995, Hawking Quantum £7,995.