British brand Bremont’s tagline is ‘Tested Beyond Endurance’, and while it’s good to know that your Bremont watch can handle the extremes, I’m willing to be most all the people reading this don’t need their watch to be as tough as Bremont make them.
Unless of course Bremont ambassador Nirmal ‘Nims’ Puurja MBE happens to be reading this because he is about as hardcore as it gets. Last year Nims undertook Project Possible — where he planned to summit Earth’s 14 tallest mountains — all in the cheerily named 8000 metre plus ‘death zone’ — in seven months. This feat has been done before, but it took the last guy nearly eight years.
Nims was going for that in a mere fraction of the time. And to top it all off, ex-special forces soldier Nims had little in the way of big peak climbing experience. So it might be said that Nims’ goal of seven months was, how do you say…optimistic.
Project Possible kicked off in earnest on April of 2019, when Nims summited Annapurna in Nepal, the deadliest mountain in the world (191 climbers have summited it, and 61 have died trying). Six months and six-days later (189 days) Nims looked out over the world from the 8013m summit of Shisapangma and Project Possible was mission accomplished.
Bremont, who partnered with Nims on the project, have celebrated this achievement with The Project Possible, a 300-piece limited edition based on the Supermarine 500, with a GMT complication thrown in for good measure.
The 43mm wide titanium case features Bremont’s trademark Trip-Tick construction with the Supermarine’s distinctive crown-at-two situation. The dial and ceramic bezel insert are dark blue, which is contrasted beautifully by the bronze bezel. Now, Bremont haven’t dipped their toes in the bronze waters before, and it works in (and on) this case.
Bremont’s rationale behind the use of bronze is because of the alloys prominence within the military: its strong corrosion resistance makes it a popular choice in naval applications such as cannons and compasses. On top of that, it adds some old-world charm.
There’s a nice touch on the caseback too – the rotor of the BE-93-2AV movement is engraved with the heights of the 14 mountains Nims’ climbed in Project Possible, in the order of ascent. While we were a little surprised the inevitable Project Possible watch wasn’t based on the white-dialled S300 Nims wore while he climbed, it must be said that this diver, especially with the ever-popular GMT addition, fits the brief nicely.
Modified calibre BE-93-2AV automatic chronometer, 42-hours of power reserve with date and GMT
Titanium case with bronze uni-directional bezel, TripTick case construction with DLC treated case barrel, helium escape valve. Water-resistant to 300 metres. 43mm case width.
Dark blue metal dial with Project Possible logo and gold plated hands and indices.
22m khaki vintager side stitch strap.
Limited to 300 pieces worldwide, 4995 GBP