This year, at the Basel watch fair, a British luxury watch brand Bremont will unveil the World Timer ALT1-WT. This “Globemaster” is based on the C-17 watch which was originally commissioned for military use two years ago. The Bremont World Timer ALT1-WT for the civilian market is the brand’s first global timer timepiece for use by pilots and travelers all over the world.
The C-17 Globemaster timepiece features a Roto-Click bezel that enables the user to work out the global time zones using the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) airfield identifiers. Each identifier represents a C-17 landing location in all 24 time zones. Like its ancestor, the civilian ALT1-W1 also features the new Roto-Click internal bezel that allows the user to turn the bezel with a satisfying click for each minute. The bezel which can be operated by the crown is situated on the left side of the case, at the 8 o’clock position, and it uses a mechanism developed by the company (integrating a series of ball-bearings). The wristwatch features UTC or ‘Zulu’ time through its adjustable 24-hour hand.
The new GMT is housed in a round stainless steel case that features a Trip-Tick design. This means that the steel used in the case construction has been hardened through a series of processes at high temperatures to give it more hardness and scratch resistance of 2000 Vickers. Its hardened steel case measures 43 mm in diameter. Just for comparison – the standard untreated stainless steel case will naturally be about 300 Vickers.
The sapphire crystal glass with nine layers of anti-reflective coating on each side protects the dial and reduces light reflections on the crystal face by up to 95%.
World Timer ALT1-WT is powered by the modified automatic COSC-certified chronometer, Caliber BE-54AE, which has been beautifully finished and decorated at Bremont’s ateliers in the UK and Switzerland. It is actually a modified ETA Valjoux 7750 mechanical movement with a GMT module on it that has been highly decorated and has a custom rotor. The impeccable mechanism is visible through a transparent sapphire glass case back.
Its dial with a globe pattern comprises three sub-dials and a date window located at the 3 o’clock position which was inspired by the Globemaster’s head up display. The luminescent hands and applied hour markers match perfectly with the highly finished dial.
This Bremont’s novelty is presented in a leather travel wallet and it comes with a strap changing tool and an extra NATO military nylon strap together with the watch’s COSC certification.
World Timer ALT1-WT will be officially unveiled for the first time at Baselworld 2012, and it will be available this summer. The retail price is $5,695.