Bremont Chronometer Watches Now Available At AZ Fine Time

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido is a brand that is often confused with being an Asian brand due to the name.  The name is actually Spanish, meaning “to measure”.  This confusion could actually make much more sense after the release of their latest model, the Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

The Mido Great Wall was inspired by one of Mido’s leading markets most famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China.  Mido has gained a tremendous following in China, with almost 700 boutiques carrying the Mido brand.  The sales numbers for Mido in China are unheard of, and as tribute to one of their largest markets, they have introduced the Mido Great Wall.  As with many of Mido’s watches, this architectural inspiration has influenced the design of this model, utilizing the brick type look both on the dial and case sides, and bracelet.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

This variation of the Great Wall is 42mm.  It is also available in a 39mm an a ladies 31mm.  The case thickness on the 42mm is 11.5mm and the watch weighs in at 162.5g’s.  The case design on this piece is very detailed.  The columned (or bricked) case sides easily make it look worth 3 times the actual retail price.  The thin high polished bezel is also very nice , giving a lot of dial space and making the appearance seem slightly larger than a 42mm.  The dial itself is very complex using a black inner bezel, white chapter ring and black “bricked” center of the dial.  The red accents make the face really “pop” and add even more character to the already detailed dial.  The dial is protected by a anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

The bracelet on this model also continues with the brick theme being very square in design.  There is a very nice combination of brushed and high polished finish, giving the watch the detail it truly deserves.  The bracelet is equipped with a butterfly deployment clasp to make for an easy, quick release.  Everything about this watch flows together nicely and has really impressed myself, as well the rest of the staff here at AZ Fine Time.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

The Mido Great Wall series are also all COSC (or Certified Chronometer) movements.  Each utilize an ETA 2836-2 movement, beautifully decorated and guaranteed to perform with in -4/+6 seconds a day deviation rate.  Many may not realize that Mido is actually one of the top 10 producers of Certified Chronometer pieces in the Swiss watch industry.  Last I heard, they were actually ranked at number 6.  Very impressive for such a boutique brand.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

As most already know, Mido is an incredible value for a Swiss ETA movement by itself, but for Certified Chronometers, it is outstanding.  This piece retails for only $1,490 which is an incredible price for a piece of this quality.  Mido is gaining a tremendous following not only in China, but here in the US and especially here at AZ Fine Time.

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

Mido Great Wall Chronometer 42mm M015.631.11.057.00

As always, if you have any questions about Mido, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-486-3996.

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