09 May 2016

Bremont Co-Founder Nick English

Hanging out with Nick English
Last month Feldmar Watch Company held a meet and greet event with Bremont Co-Founder Nick English.  The event also showcased Bremont's newest product, prototypes that premiered at Baselworld in March.  I was not going to miss an opportunity to see these new watches and meet Nick.

Nick was busy most of the night mingling with the other guests. No matter, as I was occupied with the prototype watches and hanging out with Neil (Sales Representative?) from Bremont.  Check out these new watches.

New Bremont watches

  • MBII-WH - The Martin-Baker collaboration is now available with a white dial.  The exclusive band colour is blue.  Speaking of Martin-Baker, I learned that each time one ejects, there is up to 12-14 g of force in that 0.6 second blast. This compresses the spine, permanently, and can result in a loss of 1.5 inches in height.  The second time is another 1.5 inches for a total of 3 inches.  They will not let you fly after that as a third ejection will kill you.
  • ALT1-ZT/51 - The ALT1-Z with colours inspired by the Bremont P-51.  The P-51 was a Limited Edition and is long sold out.  Even if available, it would be at a premium price.  But now, you can get the ALT1-Z in those vintage colours.
  • AC-R/SS and OTUSA-R/BK - Both the America's Cup and Oracle Team USA watch features a unique Regatta Chronograph movement.  The AC-R has a five countdown timer in the 12H sub dial, while the OTUSA-R has a five and fifteen minute countdown timer. 
  • Boeing 100 - Limited to 300 pieces, this watch celebrates 100 years of Boeing.  The brown motive reflects the interior of vintage Boeing cockpits, which was designed for comfort for the pilots.  The Boeing 'totem pole' logo is at 3H on the dial, and like the rest of the Boeing range, the 'arrow' is subtly placed at the tip of the second counter
  • SOLO/PW and PB - The classic SOLO with polished case.  It will also have a larger display back to showcase the movement.
  • SOLO-32-AJ/WH and LC/WH - For the first time, Bremont is making a ladies watch.  These feature the Bremont DNA with 32mm case.  These were prototypes with solid case backs, but the production versions will have display case backs.  All Bremont watches have open case backs with the exception of the MB and U2 Range, because of the anti-magnetic iron Faraday case.
Checking out my 3D model
Towards the end of the night, I finally got to meet Nick.  I brought the 3D model of the ALT1-C I made.  Since I posted on the ALT1TUDE forums, he already knew about it.  He was excited to finally see my model in real life...not as excited as me getting to finally meet Nick.  I also revealed that I was the 'face of Bremont'.  Again, he knew about it via the forum.  Apparently, I am semi-famous amongst the Bremont staff.

Nick signed a catalog for me

Neil and Nick from Bremont and the Feldmar staff

For those keeping track, I have visited two (Royal Exchange and Mayfair) of the four Bremont Boutiques.  Now, I have meet one (Nick) of the two Co-Founders.  

06 May 2016


The continuing trend is 'local' calls.  I do not have a witty intro, so let us just get to it.

5 May 2016
  310-849-5224  Beverly Hills. CA -  I have spoken to some friends about telemarketing calls.  Some are from another state and noticed that telemarketing calls were coming from his home area code.  So, this might be a new trend.  I, and I am sure most of you, simply do not pick up when we see a foreign number, like an out of area code number.  This is the great thing about caller ID.  

These telemarketers must think, 'hey, if we route our calls through some local number, may the phish will bite.'  Uh, no.  Unless there is a name on caller ID, I will not pick up.  Heck, depending on the name, I might just ignore that person, too. You know what I am talking about.  So, that trick is not going to work on me.  Besides, like I always say, if you really want to talk to me, leave a fucking message.  In other words, fuck you!

13 May 2016
  310-849-6392  Beverly Hills, CA - Oh, an unidentified caller on Friday the 13th?  We know where this is going.  Fuck that noise, I am not picking up.  This is currently an 'unlisted' wireless number.  But, judging by last week's number, note the same area code and prefix, I am thinking this is another rerouted numbers.  It would have been better if the call was routed through Sussex County, New Jersey...what if they were calling me from Camp Crystal Lake.  How awesome would that be?  With my luck, the call would be coming from inside the house.  Fuck you!

24 May 2016
  424-320-8457  Los Angeles, CA - Lots of 'local' calls.  Still not going to pick up.

Fun little trivia.  About ten years ago the area code 310 was slowly 'losing numbers', most likely due to the increase of mobile phone numbers.  To combat this, the new area code 424 was introduced.  Prior to this new area code, the Los Angeles area had its residence dial the area code on out going local calls with the same area code.  Before this, only the prefix and suffix need only to be dialed if you had the same area code.  I will go into more area code trivia in future posts.

For now, I sign off with my usual...fuck you!

28 May 2016
   310-849-2630  Beverly Hills, CA - Really?  Who the fuck calls at 8:22 on a Saturday morning...on a three day holiday weekend?  Telemarketers, that is who.  Well, a quick search shows that this might be a legit number and a possible wrong number.  I am not taking that chance.  Based on the 'location' of previous calls, this is most likely your garden variety telemarketer.  Fuck you!

One of many 'missed calls'.