Bremont have recently dispatched their new RFU 150 restricted release watch to check their relationship with rugby and 150 years of the Rugby Football Union – subsequently “RFU”. The RFU is the administering body for English rugby. As W&W’s UK journalist, clarifying rugby, that English of games, to perusers in the US, is something of a test. As this is a prologue to a watch with a rugby interface, instead of an article about the game, at the very least rugby is similar to football (not soccer, that’s diverse here) but rather with 15 as opposed to 11 players and without the reinforcement, definite set plays and the somewhat stunning walking bands.
Bremont’s new RFU 150 has a helium discharge valve and is waterproof to 500m. It has Bremont’s flawless rubberised stun retaining framework that originally came around on their MB arrangement watches. This’ll ensure your watch endures getting shot from a plane in an ejector seat. The case is hardened steel. The unidirectional bezel is earthenware. The sapphire precious stone is scratch-safe. This is a nailed-on, strong, drop-kickable watch. Whatever you toss at it (or toss it at, so far as that is concerned) it’s going to endure.
This is reasonable. All things considered, rugby has a standing as an extreme game. To copy the sensation of being handled by an England forward (the enormous chaps at the front), just have a companion drop a refrigerator on you. Be that as it may, watches are not especially a rugby thing. Truth be told, the RFU’s runs basically deny wearing one on the pitch.
So what’s going on?
Bremont are not daft. They know what they’re about. This isn’t a watch intended to get by on the pitch, good gracious, this is a watch intended to endure what happens off the pitch after a match.
Anyone who has delighted in a game at The Stoop, the home of English rugby at Twickenham, and the ensuing excursion around the area’s bars will realize that vigor is critical to survival. After the required burger and pints at The Barmy Arms, a couple of additional at the Blucher simply off the Green, a couple at The Swan somewhere near the stream and a chaser or two preceding a major kebab finish at Twickenham Charcoal Grill things will in general obscure a bit. One is never entirely sure what will happen – an inclination that can endure two or three days a while later. You may accept 500m water opposition and a helium get away from valve is a little OTT in a rugby watch, however until you’ve endure coordinate day in Twickenham you most likely shouldn’t diss it.
There are, to be reasonable, a lot of game-related components to the RFU 150. The sharp rugby-participant can guarantee she’s prepared for the run for the bar at half and full time by utilizing the tally down markers on the bezel. The dial coordinates the blue of England’s elective shirt tone and the caseback highlights the English rose – this one is the one the RFU planned particularly for the 150th commemoration. Also, at 6 where one may hope to see “London” is, properly, the word “Twickenham”.
The development inside the 43mm tempered steel case is a self-winding BE-93-2AV dependent on the similarly strong ETA2893-2 and running cheerfully at 28,800vph for 42 hours. It’s a 21 gem motor with an attractive safe Anachron hairspring and a thermally-steady Glucydur balance. If you’re late for the game – or last requests – it’ll be totally your issue as it’s chronometer affirmed to ISO 3159.
And this is an attractive watch. Bremont have done their standard fine occupation of making the dial comprehensible with white Super-LumiNova hands contrasting the England blue dial. There are numerals at 12, 6 and 9 (there’s a date window at 3), Explorer-style. The moment, second and 24 hour second timezone hands all difference with red tips.
There’s a case for recommending this is one of Bremont’s most attractive watches to date. Furthermore, let’s face it, if it’s worked to endure a Twickenham coordinate day very little else will stage it.
Bremont are just making 150 of them and they’re retailing at £3,995 in the UK and $4,995 in the US. More from Bremont .