Bremont ALT1-P2-Jet Review
Bremont's affinity with aviation is apparent through many of its collections. But while many of these pieces pay some kind of homage to historic aviation icons, the ALT1-P2-Jet instead looks towards the future of aviation, namely with the man dubbed as the "real-life Iron Man". The man in question is Richard Browning, a British inventor and entrepreneur who founded the Gravity Industries in 2017, a company that has developed the infamous Gravity Jet Suit. So, while Bremont prides itself on creating watches that draw inspiration from the rich history of aviation, the ALT1-P2-Jet instead looks to the future.
Clad in black DLC, the 43mm wide by 16mm thick stainless-steel case of the ALT1-P2-Jet is both hefty and durable. Bremont's Trip-Tick technology is on full display here, which incorporates a hardened steel bezel element, a central body consisting of the DLC treated middle barrel and the crystal case back. The ALT1-P2-Jet is a large, fairly top-heavy watch that has some weight to it both on my wrist and in my hand. My hesitation with wearing a watch measuring 16mm in height was alleviated, however. There was minimal movement, especially when the strap was tightened a few notches.
The dial continues with the darkened theme and features a black backdrop with faux-patina hour numerals and hands, all of which result in an undeniably charming look during the day and unobscured legibility at night. The red lollipop chronograph seconds hand and red dial highlights add a bit of differentiation too, much to my liking. The inconspicuous date window between 4 and 5 o'clock completes the stealthy look and adds to its real-world functionality and applicability.
The ALT1-P2-Jet is powered by the chronometer certified BE-53AE automatic calibre. This movement is derived from the base ETA 7753 calibre and has been extensively reworked by Bremont not only to achieve chronometer certification, but also superfluously with some nicer finishings on the bridges as well as the addition of a black rotor. As much as this movement is a tried and tested workhorse, I would love to see Bremont incorporating some in-house manufactured movements at a similar price point, even at the sacrifice of finishing.
From the perspective of a "package watch", the ALT1-P2-Jet definitely exceeds expectations. This is a watch that can be worn day in and day out without missing a beat. With thanks to its stealthy black-on-black look, the ALT1-P2-Jet has the innate ability to be dressed up semi-formally and all the way down to shorts and a t-shirt. Its size may seem like a deterrent for some, and don't get me wrong this will not slip under a shirt cuff comfortably, but it wears much smaller than its proportions indicate.
All in all I was quite impressed with the ALT1-P2-Jet. I love black watches, whether it be the case, the dial or both. And the ALT1-P2-Jet did nothing to waiver my feelings towards dark watches. It's a functional, easy-to-wear, soundly made and supremely good looking watch that offers a lot of bang-for-your-buck. The only thing missing here is an in-house movement.
The Bremont ALT1-P2-Jet is priced at $7,100AUD.