Brothers Nick and Giles English introduced their first Bremont watch collection in 2007, daring to launch a new company in an industry that trades on heritage. (The line is named after a Frenchman who once hosted the aviator brothers when they made an emergency landing in his field.) Bremont watches have quickly found a following -- and key backers: Robert Bensoussan, a director of Jimmy Choo, and Links of London founder John Ayton together own a 15% stake. At $4,000 to $8,000, the aviation-inspired timepieces are reasonably priced, but with no more than 3,000 made annually (by hand), the brothers keep them just rare enough.
Photographed at the English's childhood home in Norfolk, England (motorcycles custom-made by Norton)
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