Friday, April 4, 2014

News: Time to show what the AMRC can do


The Bremont Watch Company, a luxury, aviation themed British watchmaker, is incorporating advanced metals being used by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, in an exclusive Boeing watch range.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the AMRC is a world class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. The multimillion pound partnership between industry and academia has become a model for collaborative research centres worldwide and now boasts 75 partners, including Boeing and Rolls Royce.

Bremont Watch Company is working in partnership with Boeing to develop a new range of mechanical watches that fully explores the aerospace company's extraordinary expertise in advanced material technology, together with Bremont's enviable track record in chronometer manufacture. The partnership will also be used to help commemorate Boeing's 100th anniversary in 2016.

Launching later this year, the new line is the result of extensive access to Boeing's material and manufacturing technology at the AMRC, as well as to its historical and archival materials. The watches will exclusively use Boeing aeroplane materials that have never before been incorporated in watch manufacture.

The Bremont Boeing Model 1 is a unique timepiece that reflects Boeing's extensive experience in advanced material research. One version is manufactured from Custom 465 Stainless Steel. This double vacuum-melted, age-hardenable alloy was developed for the aerospace industry for superior strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. A second version uses Boeing aviation-grade Ti-64 titanium for the case.

The Bremont Boeing Model 247 represents the debut chronograph in the collaboration, named after the first Boeing twin-engine commercial aircraft. Again, two versions are available: the first is built from the exceptionally tough Custom 465 Stainless Steel, while the second has been manufactured from Boeing aviation-grade titanium.

The hardness of the Custom 465 Stainless Steel makes it particularly demanding to machine precision parts. In conjunction with the AMRC, Bremont has developed new machining techniques to meet the challenge.

Nick English, co-founder of Bremont, said: "We are excited to combine our award-winning experience in mechanical watch manufacture and design with Boeing's unrivaled experience in material technology. We have had a relationship with Boeing for a number of years through our military projects, but this partnership gives us further access to material and testing facilities that cannot be matched.

"No other aviation company has such an extensive and prestigious heritage, and it will be a joy to work with Boeing to celebrate this."

Online stockists have the watches available to pre-order at £4,495.

AMRC website
Bremont website

Images: Bremont


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