The stars have aligned to honour the great Stephen Hawking.

British watchmaker Bremont has created a timepiece that celebrates the life and work of the esteemed British physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, a man whose work was so instrumental in building our understanding on the elusive subject of space, quantum physics and of course, time.

Visually, the 41mm men’s watch is styled to be an undeniable classic, featuring a retrograde seconds hand and grand date at the respective six and 12 o’clock positions. It houses the BE-33AE movement with 42-hour power reserve, while the watch is available in several colourways: with only 388 available of the stainless steel and black dial, 88 rose gold with black dial, and 88 white gold with blue dial — all referencing the key year 1988, of which Hawking’s popular-science book ‘A Brief History of Time’ was published. 

Created with continuous input from the Hawking family, what really makes this release special however is all in the details that pay tribute to several important, personal moments in Hawking’s life. 

[All images courtesy of Bremont]

Nick and Giles English, Bremont’s founding brothers, have always woven in threads of history in their limited edition creations — whether it was in the P-51 or EP120 limited edition pieces that incorporated actual pieces of famous WWII fighter aircraft, or the Bremont Codebreaker which featured historical artefacts from Bletchley Park (perhaps made most famous in 2014 Oscar-winning ‘The Imitation Game’).

For the Bremont Hawking, four in-laid discs on the caseback were crafted from Hawking’s very own oak wooden desk — an heirloom that was passed down from his grandmother, and a place he frequented most while conceptualising his many works and theories. The hand-finished design is accompanied by speckles of etched stars which mirror the constellations in the Oxford night sky on the evening of Hawking’s birth — 8 January 1942.

You’ll also find a slab of meteorite rock set in the centre of the caseback as a nod to the cosmos, surrounded by the text ‘A Brief History of Time,’ again referencing Hawking’s most acclaimed book written for beginners to cosmology. Even the accompanying papers celebrate his accomplishments: The watch’s serial number has been printed on original copies of Hawking’s seminal research paper, often referred to as ‘The ‘nuts’ and ‘bolts’ of gravity’, co-written by frequent collaborator and friend Professor Gary Gibbons.

For the first time, Bremont is also launching a women’s watch, available in stainless steel with a two-toned matte-polished bracelet. Limited to 88 pieces, the 34mm watch features a bezel and indexes set in diamonds, a material never before used by the brand. It also veers from the men’s design with a dial wholly made from meteorite and polished nickel hands.

Turn it over and you’ll see a distinct open caseback that further pays tribute to Hawking’s life’s work: there’s the same round-disk sample from his oak wood desk, plus a visible automatic rotor — exquisitely hand-finished and designed to resemble a spiralling black hole.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

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