It is poignant, and probably not coincidental, that today was chosen for an official visit to the UK by French President Emmanuel Macron – an event that will remember and pay tribute to the solidarity of the two nations during the Second World War.
It was on 18 June 1940, that Winston Churchill delivered one of the most memorable speeches in history – originally to the House of Commons, and later to the entire nation via a radio broadcast. The third of three rallying speeches that the British Prime Minister gave during the Battle of France and into the Battle of Britain, the first two being “Blood, toil, tears and sweat” (13 May) and “We shall fight them on the beaches” (4 June), this one became known as “The finest hour”.
三级成人视频An address to the country, the words of the 36-minute oration were carefully constructed to raise the morale of the British people and inspire them to unite and continue in their fight against the Nazi forces sweeping across Europe. With references to obligation and future credit, the declamation ends: “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: 'This was their finest hour.’”
三级成人视频In recognition of the 80th anniversary of Churchill’s rousing words and the Battle of Britain, has launched a limited-edition, boxed set of two watches. Just 80 sets will be produced, consisting of timepieces inspired by the historic aircraft that defended the British Isles in 1940, the dials of both the BOB Spitfire and BOB Hurricane being based on the cockpit instruments in the planes for which they are named.
Based in Henley-on-Thames, Bremont was founded in 2002 by Nick and Giles English. Military aviation has always been a major influence for the brothers – their father Dr Euan English was an RAF airman and both Nick and Giles are avid pilots. Keen to pass on their passion for vintage aircraft, the Englishes set out to add something extra to their new watches and, to that end, each limited-edition set offers its new owner the opportunity to fly in a wartime Spitfire at – Europe’s largest air museum – with the.
Speaking of his and his brother’s desire to commemorate the pilots and aircraft of the Battle of Britain, as well as Churchill’s leadership, Giles English says: “The speech on 18 June was one of the finest rallying cries the nation has ever heard, it was about morale, staying power and the determination to carry on, highlighting the dark days ahead and the need for the nation to travel together to get through it. It was a dramatic moment where the war was closing in and Churchill knew we had to take collective action to protect our way of life and ultimately benefit the world. So many parallels can be drawn with today, particularly in the face of the current crisis.
三级成人视频“Churchill was one of the great leaders of modern times that defines the British soul so simply. Bremont’s foundation is built on that soul. With this special box set we are celebrating a historical victory led by Churchill and very much underpinned by great feats of British engineering such as the iconic Spitfire and Hurricane that these watches pay tribute to.”
三级成人视频The Bremont BOB Spitfire is equipped with a chronometer-certified BE-54AE automatic chronograph movement with skeletonised rotor. The dial features a GMT hand, a date window at four o’clock, small seconds at nine and chronograph counters at 12 and six for 30 minutes and 12 hours respectively. The 43mm steel case is DLC-treated and the strap is in vintage black leather with off-white stitching.
三级成人视频The 40mm stainless-steel BOB Hurricane houses a modified BE-92AE automatic chronometer movement that powers the hour, minute and sweeping seconds hands. The watch, which is equipped with a brown leather bund strap, has a stop seconds function for accurate setting and a date aperture at three o’clock.
A tribute to the men and women who risked everything to defend a nation’s freedom, as well as to the incredible feat of British engineering that created the Spitfire and Hurricane, English says of the BOB collection: “Eighty years ago the pilots flying these incredible machines over the Channel were wearing mechanical watches with cogs and gears, so very similar to the watches we manufacture today. The BOB watches are based on those very dials in the aircraft and will take the owner back to that era of aviation.
三级成人视频“Adding in the flight in a Spitfire offers a connection like no other, each customer buying one of these sets will experience that spirit and the best of British engineering. Looking at their watch will take on a new significance.”
The Bremont Battle of Britain set, including Spitfire flight, £14,995
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