Britain's finest hours

Posted by chengchongsheng on July 18th, 2014

It's tricky to envision now, yet some time ago Britain was really great at making things. When it came to autos, chocolate, garments and popular music, Britannia ruled. Oh, no more. Britain sold its spirit to the administration segment, subprime contracts and collateralised obligation commitments, which, obviously, worked out truly well. Still, there are some British brands making a nice clench hand of it. Bentley and Aston Martin have their fans, much under outside proprietorship. Also there are some Britishmakers appreciating achievement, however they have, adroitly, outsourced all their generation to Switzerland.

One such brand is Graham London, which, regardless of the "London" in its name, has its LED watches fabricated in Switzerland. The Graham London Silverstone Tourbillograph (upper left) is constrained to 25 pieces and evaluated at a recoil instigating Hk$406,000. The Silverstone Tourbillograph is a genuine man's watch, with a rose-gold case that measures an immense 48mm. The dial peculiarities both a tourbillon and a chronograph, with three subdials demonstrating seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours. Different peculiarities incorporate a transparent caseback and a gorgeous dark crocodile cowhide strap. The Graham London Silverstone Tourbillograph has a 48-hour force save and is water impervious to 50 meters. The watch is accessible with either a dark or white dial.

Arnold & Son is an alternate early English mark that has been given a Swiss revival. Arnold & Son started life in London in 1764 however by the begin of the twentieth century it had withdrawn into indefinite quality. In the 1990s, the brand was restored by a gathering of gutsy expat watchmakers situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Since Arnold & Son's resurgence, the brand has been creating top-class watches with a quintessentially English impact. The Arnold & Son Te8 Tourbillon (above focus) is the pick of the new discharges and is well worth the trouble's Hk$1 million sticker. Constrained to 25 pieces, the Te8 Tourbillon is as inventive as it is in vogue. The rose-gold case is 44mm and has a transparent caseback, yet its the dial that takes the show, with the superbly complex tourbillon and development on show. The force save for the Te8 Tourbillon is a monstrous 80 hours and the watch is water impervious to 30 meters. The time-piece accompanies a decision of dark or tan hand-sewed gator cowhide strap.

Our third Brit-Swiss mixture is the Bremont MW Heli-Chrono (above right), which was discharged in Hong Kong in September. Bremont just propelled in 2003 yet the brand has effectively gathered consideration as one of the more well known British extravagance marks in Asia. The "MW" in the title of the watch are the initials of Hong Kong performing artist Michael Wong, who happens to hold a helicopter pilot's permit, which apparently represents the "heli" in the name. The MW Heli-Chrono is a mammoth of a watch, in view of the Bremont Alt1-P. The case is a huge 43mm and peculiarities three subdials demonstrating seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, with a little helicopter-formed marker in the seconds counter. The case is made of DLC (precious stone like carbon), which makes it greatly intense, and it arrives in a somewhat bringing dark. Constrained to 50 pieces, the Bremont MW Heli-Chrono costs Hk$39,800.


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