Working with record-breaking polar explorer Ben Saunders on the testing and development of a new Limited Edition watch for his latest Trans-Antarctic Solo Expedition was a natural progression further to the success of the purpose-built Terra Nova back in 2014. Whilst the Terra Nova was designed to accompany Ben on what was set to be the longest human-powered polar journey in history, the new Bremont Endurance set out with Ben in November 2017 to make the first solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica. Named in honour of Shackleton’s most famous expedition - one which saw him rescue his entire crew after his ship ‘Endurance’ was crushed in the sea ice - the route of which Ben was retracing solo, the name is of course also a nod to the company maxim of being ‘Tested Beyond Endurance’. Shackleton getting his men back alive is one of the greatest stories of human endeavour and leadership, qualities Ben has certainly demonstrated over his twelve expeditions in the polar regions, having covered more than 7,000km north of the Arctic circle and South of the Antarctic circle since 2001. Naturally, the timepiece had to be able to withstand the extreme climate conditions of the Antarctic continent, being worn on the outside of Ben’s jacket to serve as a crucial navigational device with its GMT hand. Limited to 300 pieces, its black dial together with its robust bi-directional rotating sapphire bezel features orange compass heading markers and complements the North indicator on the GMT hand, all designed for ease of navigation and clarity against the stark white of Antarctica.
Modified calibre 11 ¼’’’ BE-93-2AE automatic chronometer, 21 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 42-hour power reserve, Bremont moulded and skeletonised decorated rotor.
Hour/minute/second, date at 3H. 24H GMT hand.
Satin and polished titanium with bi-directional rotating compass bezel with Super-LumiNova®. Protective patented antishock movement mount. Automatic helium escape valve and crown protector. Case diameter 43mm, lug width 22mm.
Titanium case back with integrated flat crystal.
Metal dial with Super-LumiNova® coated hands and applied indexes.
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Water resistant to 50 ATM, 500 metres.
RATING & CERTIFICATION
C.O.S.C chronometer certified. Individually serial numbered with accompanying C.O.S.C certification.