Tour of Bremont’s Manufacturing and Technology Centre - “the Wing”

Sep 17, 2023,07:21 AM

I always love the posts about tours of the watch factories but being in the UK the opportunities for visiting watch factories are limited. However, Bremont run twice daily tours around their factory, “the Wing”, in Henley-on-Thames, about an hour from London. Having been on the tour last week I can highly recommend it. It’s certainly well worth the admission fee of £25 - which goes to charity. 

The tour guides, Tom and Luke,  are very knowledgeable about watches and they’re passionate about Bremont and it’s goal of helping to bring back large scale watchmaking to the UK.

It’s particularly impressive that the founding brothers, Nick and Giles English, have gone from a standing start to the Wing in 20 years. It might be relatively easy to start a watchmaking business in Switzerland where there are plenty of parts suppliers and there is a knowledgeable work force. Not so in the UK where the machinery and parts suppliers don’t exist and knowledge of watchmaking at scale has vanished.

Some pictures courtesy of the architects, Spratley:

The Wing is set in a lovely location overlooking polo fields. It’s the sort of place JLC should be making Reversos!

My snaps:

All the best,


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Very interesting,thanks!

 By: jlux : September 17th, 2023-08:01
The new models with the in-house movement are attractive and look very promising. Unfortunately no Bremont AD in my country or nearby......

That is sad, while in my country an AD do Bremont

 By: Weems@8 : September 17th, 2023-08:12
and i do not go to visit that AD. When i go to that AD, i guess i buy a Ulysse Nardin for instance, or a Bulgari. It’s far, and there are AD’s nearby of me that offer more my thing, Omega.

Thanks for the insider shots Jon! I didn't know one could visit them.

 By: eklektik : September 17th, 2023-08:54
A visit is very tempting as I still struggle to understand or make my opinion on Bremont. I saw them a lot at airshows but that's PR, a factory is much more interesting! Indeed, from nothing to that factory in 20 years is a feat! Did you actually manage t... 

You're welcome.

 By: GWIS : September 17th, 2023-11:04
Yes, you can book a tour via the website. I agree that factories are interesting, watch factories in particular! Yes, we had a complete tour. We went into the machining area filled with CNC machines but we were asked not to take pictures. We also saw the ... 

No worries.

 By: GWIS : September 17th, 2023-13:09
If you mean what watch did I wear, I wore a JLC Amvox 7. I thought I should wear something uncommon and interesting! If you were asking about dress code, it’s all very relaxed. We were using the tour as a work/client event for some clients who like watche... 

Bremont ….

 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 17th, 2023-09:39
For many in the racing community and British military it’s gained great respect. The watches deserve a greater appreciation amongst our community. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Best regards Captain ...  

Thanks Captain.

 By: GWIS : September 17th, 2023-11:13
I really like the Martin Baker models and they were saying that the black dial, orange mid-section is the most popular configuration. I might well be tempted if they can get their in-house movement into that model. Yes, Bremont seem to have been given a h... 

Nice, I see Dr. Who was there too.

 By: Thomas_3 : September 17th, 2023-16:08
Nice, photos, thanks for posting them.

You’re very welcome.

 By: GWIS : September 17th, 2023-21:19

Thanks for the photo tour (nt)

 By: Ronald Held : September 17th, 2023-19:06

No problem.

 By: GWIS : September 17th, 2023-21:20

You are welcome. (nt)

 By: Ronald Held : September 19th, 2023-18:44

I saw that and meant to ask what it was.

 By: GWIS : September 17th, 2023-21:21
It looks like an artistic watch stand but does it have any higher purpose, like being a winder?