Jewellery & Watch News
Bremont have become British watchmaking giants for a good reason with their talent, prowess and innovative nature at the forefront of every design. They have deservingly gained a spotless reputation within the industry with retailers like ourselves devoted to sharing their incredible collections with the world and our customers loving them just as much as we do. But it doesn’t appear to be just us everyday mortals that love Bremont watches, with many actors and film producers supporting the brand too.
Without monies even changing hands, Bremont watches have appeared in several films and TV programmes and on the wrists of some of the world’s biggest stars. This exposure has not only been brilliant for the Bremont brand, but it has authenticated the talent of the designers and watchmakers working hard to create each piece. Why don’t we take a look at some of Bremont’s biggest fans within the film and TV industry…
Tom Hardy and Bremont
Tom Hardy has been a huge fan of Bremont for quite some time, having built up a substantial collection of Bremont watches already. But back in 2018, the British actor approached the brand and asked to wear one of their watches in his latest blockbuster Venom. Bremont of course said yes and Tom Hardy can be seen wearing the striking Bremont U2/51-Jet watch in the film and trailer, with the trailer reaching 64 million views on the first day!
The Bremont U2/51-Jet watch was the perfect choice for both Hardy and the film, boasting a dark and sombre tone just like the movie. The model takes its design cues from some of Bremont’s military work commissions by the RAF’s 100 squadron members to compliment their Hawk T1 Jet Aircraft. The ‘Jet’ black stealthy aesthetic of the timepiece was also inspired by the 100 Squadron and their place as the first unit used for night bombing back in 1917.
Tom Cruise and Bremont
Brothers Nick and Giles English, founders of Bremont, first met Tom Cruise when he visited their father’s airfield in London when he was filming the first Mission Impossible movie. His visit took place one week before Nick and his father had a terrible aircraft crash which resulted in the death of the brothers’ father and Nick becoming badly injured. Cruise got in touch with the hospital shortly after the accident to see if he could do anything to help the family, a gesture that resonated deeply with the brothers at the time.
Years later, Nick reconnected with Tom in LA with lunch and was even treated to a tour of his own aircraft Hanger. Since then, their shared love of aviation has kept them friends and Tom Cruise remains a great supporter of the brand. We are not entirely certain exactly how many Bremont watches he owns, but one he seems to sport often is the Bremont ALT1-C Anthracite, a stunning chronograph boasting the chronometer-rated Valjoux 7750-SO BI AC movement.
Orlando Bloom and Bremont
A local to Henley-on-Thames, the very place Bremont watches are made, Orlando Bloom has been a friend of the brand for many years. He has been known to wear a wide variety of models during his movie promotional tours, but the cream dialled ALT1-C is probably his most notable having worn it as far back as 2007 on his Pirates of the Caribbean red carpet appearances.
Another favourite for Bloom is the new Bremont Broadsword, a timepiece designed in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. He was seen sporting the timepiece on the red carpet for his latest project Carnival Row and the striking black dial and striped textile strap looked absolutely breathtaking against his sophisticated blue suit.
Bremont and Bear Grylls
A Bremont watch made its first appearance on TV when Bear Grylls wore the ALT1-P2 on his show Man Vs Wild. He proved the instrument could keep up with him as he pushed himself through extreme conditions and made his way through remote locales and back to civilisation again. The ALT2-P was originally designed for pilots in mind but its accuracy, clarity and performance on Bear Grylls' wrist quickly proved that it made an ideal companion on land as well as the skies.
Nick and Giles English first met Bear in London before he had even found TV fame and they fell in love with his enthusiasm for life. Since then, they have remained close friends and Bear Grylls is believed to own a hefty collection of Bremont watches. He was also involved in testing out the brand’s three-part case created using their famous Trip-Tick construction technology.
Bremont and Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Soon after Bremont had appeared on TV with Bear Grylls, Ewan McGreggor and Charley Boorman wore them on their motorcycling TV show, the Long Way Down. Boorman was another long-time friend of the brand and was also involved in testing out their three-part case. He then introduced them to his great friend Ewan and they both took watches to wear on their epic adventure in Spring 2007, watches that the brand hadn’t even released yet!
These watches were the now famous ALT1-C and they proved to be just as durable and resistant as the brand promised as they were hammered off road and over dirt tracks for 4 months straight. The Superluminova decorated dials were also incredibly useful for easy legibility in low lighting. Since then, Bremont and Charley Boorman have remained good friends and he is still an ambassador for the brand today.
Bremont and Hugh Laurie
Another American friend of the brand is Hugh Laurie. The actor visited one of the Bremont retailers in London and purchased the Bremont U-2 with a black dial. If this wasn’t good enough, he was then seen wearing it on the last episode of the smash hit US show House.
He is also known for owning one of the Bremont MBII watches, a collection designed alongside Martin Baker. They underwent the same extensive testing as their ejection seats from shock to vibration, temperate to salt fog tests and are now renowned for their resilience to external forces. Plus, thanks to its gorgeous aesthetics, is it easy to see why Hugh Laurie chose it as his own!
Bremont and Kingsman The Secret Service
Another incredible film appearance for Bremont watches was its pivotal role in Matthew Vaugh’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. It all started when Matthew Vaughn and his wife, Claudia Schiffer, walked into the Bremont Mayfair store a few years ago. He spoke to the store manager and explained that he was working on a British spy film and believed the luxury watch manufacturer would be a natural fit – not only for its associations with the military but for its British heritage.
Together, Bremont and Matthew Vaughn worked together to produce the ultimate spy watch. This stunning timepiece was named the Bremont Kingsman Limited Edition. There were three Kingsman watches: a stainless steel, black DLC and rose gold with each limited to a set number of models. Some of the exclusive models were also worn and then owned by the stars in the movie including Nick English himself who makes a cameo appearance in the film as one of the Kingsman.
Bremont and Mark Strong
One of the actors that wore the stainless steel Bremont Kingsman watch in the Kingsman: The Secret Service film was Mark Strong. He was given a modified Kingsman chronograph for his role as Merlin who is the trainer of these potential super spies for the top secret Kingsman organisation. He quickly fell in love with the design and its unbeatable performance and has since bough several other Bremont watches for himself.
Another instrument known to be worn by the actor is the Bremont ALT1-ZT/51 which he has sported in his latest Sky TV series Temple where he plays a surgeon willing to operate on anyone willing to pay. Its stunning aesthetic is instantly popular with fans of aviation, not only for its effortlessly legible dial or highly resistant case but its handy 24 hour function is perfect for world travellers like Mark Strong himself.