In the beginning of this year 2014, British Polar Explorer Ben Saunders and his team mate Tarka L’Herpiniere re-defined history when they broke the world record for Antarctic Expedition.
This was one of the most ambitious expedition in over a century. The pair trekked 1,795 miles across Antarctica’s inhospitable landscape on a return journey from Scott’sTerra Nova Hut on the north shore of Ross Island to the South Pole. In doing so, they also set the world record forthe longest polar journey on foot. Walking an average of 17 miles daily in temperatures as low as -46°C, they carried their own supplies by sled – a weight of almost 200kg.
The two Polar explorers wore the NEW Bremont Terra Nova chronometers on the outside of their Polar jackets. The purpose of these watches were that they would become a vital tool for their navigation. Far too cold for any type of battery operated device, the light titanium Supermarine with GMT functionality and specially oiled mechanical movement became indispensable. Using the chronometer to measure longitude, the watch could also be used to point to the South Pole using the GMT watch hand and the sun.
This watch has now been released to the public in a limited edition of 300 units for the world. The characteristics are as follows. The watch is 43mm in size and made out of satin and polished titanium with bi-directional bezel with super luminova. The dial is made out of metal with very bold and clean indices and dots and has amazing contrast and depth with two hands for hours and minutes, a red tipped seconds hand, a triangular GMT hand for second time zone and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The lugs of the watch are incredible sculpted and curved to hug the wrist. The movement is the Swiss automatic Bremont caliber BE-93-2AE with 21 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours. It is COSC-certified as a chronometer and features a Glucydur balance, an Anachron balance spring, a Nivaflex 1 mainspring, and a moulded and skeletonised decorated rotor.
Since this watch has proven it’s incredible durability and robustness by withstanding and breaking such an amazing world record as this Antarctic exploration, there is no question about its reliability,quality and functionality. The only question will be, how do you get one on your wrist?
Technical Specs of the NEW Bremont Terra Nova
Modified calibre 13 1/4” 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
bezel with SuperLumiNova®. Inner soft iron anti-
magnetic Faraday cage and protective patented anti-
shock movement mount. Automatic helium escape
valve and crown protector. Case diameter 43mm, lug
Titanium screw-in and Terra Nova decorated case
Metal dial with SuperLumiNova® coated hands and
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres.
C.O.S.C chronometer tested and certified.
Integrated rubber strap with pin buckle