There are any number of pilot’s watches being made around the world. Far fewer are those that are actually made by pilots, for pilots. In this latter, very small category, is the English company known as Bremont, which was started in 2007 by two English brothers named, conveniently enough, Nick and Giles English. Nick and Giles grew up around aircraft and began flying at a very early age, and both were RAF reservists as well. Their father was an aeronautical engineer, and his two hobbies were collecting vintage aircraft, and collecting and restoring clocks and watches.
It was in the aftermath of their father’s tragic death in an air show crash (which also left Nick badly injured) that the two brothers had what both later described as a life-changing realization. Both had been working in corporate finance, and it was the loss of their father and Nick’s brush with death that made them realize they wanted to do something with more personal meaning to them than managing money. The result was the foundation of a company whose long term ambition is nothing less than the restoration of British watchmaking –once one of the proudest manufacturing traditions in the world –to its rightful place of prominence.