Baselworld 2012: Bremont World Timer ALT1-WT (preview)
January 11, 2012
On March 8th at Baselworld 2012, British watch brand Bremont will present the World Timer ALT1-WT. The ALT1-WT is based on the C-17 Globemaster timepiece which was originally commissioned for military use in 2010.
"Design features of the Bremont C-17 include the etched globe on the dial and 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. The watch itself can show UTC or 'Zulu' time through its adjustable 24-hour hand."
The civilian ALT1-W1's special Roto-click internal bezel is operated by the crown at 8'oclock; it uses a mechanism developed by the company (integrating a series of ball-bearings) that allows the user to turn the bezel with a click for each minute.
The case features a Trip-Tick design, which means the steel used in the case construction has been hardened through a series of processes at high temperatures to give it a hardness and scratch resistance of 2000 Vickers. A standard untreated 316L stainless steel watch case will naturally be around 300 Vickers.
The sapphire crystal covering the dial has an astounding nine layers of anti-reflective treatment on each side of the crystal reducing light reflections on the crystal face by up to 95%. This treatment is specially designed to be as scratch resistant as the sapphire crystal itself.
The movement is an automatic COSC-certified chronometer, caliber BE-54AE, which has been decorated and is visible through a sapphire case back. The watch is presented in a leather travel wallet, hand-made in England, it comes with a strap changing tool and an extra NATO military nylon strap along with the watch's COSC certification. The retail price is $5,695.