The fresh Bremont Victory Chronograph automatic wrist watch that was officially presented early last month during the Baselworld 2012 trade show belongs to a new (and still quite rare) breed of timekeepers that are powered by the relatively new La Joux-Perret 8310 ebauche. Designed and made in Switzerland, this movement offers not only adequate power reserve, but also brings you a flashy (and irresistibly vintage) dial layout with a pair of retrograde displays that look like wings of a beautiful butterfly.
The movement was presented a trifle more than a year ago and we have already seen a number of watches that are powered by this engine (including the classic Chronoswiss Balance Double Retrograde Chronograph watch that was presented last March during the Baselworld 2011 event.)
Since the movement comes without any serious modifications (as far as I understand, the only thing that differs the Bremont BE-83AR caliber from the base La Joux-Perret 8310 is the branded oscillating weight, which is crafted from copper salvaged from the legendary HMS Victory maritime museum that stays in in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard,) both watches share the same dial layout with sweep hour and minute hands, retrograde seconds and date (at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively), as well as a 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 hours and a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock.
The movement is hidden within an oversized stainless steel case (there is also a version in 18-carat rose gold) around 43 millimeters in diameter and whole 17 millimeters high. Part of the blame, of course goes to the domed sapphire crystal, which is treated with antireflective coating, and the aforementioned BE-83AR movement: at 7.90 millimeters, the movement is as high the ETA Valjoux 7750, which is, too, considered one of the thickest self-winding chronograph movements currently available on the market.
By the way, the body of the watch, too, holds a part of HMS Victory: its stainless steel case back is inlaid with original oak from the ship and the hand-engraved PVD treated inner barrel is, too, crafted from the same copper from Lord Nelson’s flagship.
As usual, the dial of the watch is easily readable, mostly thanks to the high-contrast, monochromatic color scheme of off-white dial, black Arabic numerals and blacked steel hands.
The setting crown seems to be large enough to easily operate the watch even with clumsy fingers and the chronograph push-pieces at 2 and 4 o’clock also look quite comfortable.
See also: Bremont World Timer ALT1 Automatic UTC
Photos: Bremont, Wikipedia
Bremont Victory Chronograph Automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber BE-83AR, base La Joux-Perret 8310, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 39
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Movement decoration: Circular-graining, blued screws, hand-crafted stainless steel and copper oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, retrograde seconds, retrograde date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel / 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 17.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: Off-white, etched metal
Hour markers: Black
Hands: Steel, blacked
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black Louisiana crocodile leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Steel or Rose gold; Integrated hand etched sapphire crystal. Case back inlaid with original oak from HMS Victory