They’ve covered their tracks well, but I know exactly what Nick and Giles English, the brothers behind Bremont, are up to. They’re fans of pretty much anything historic, especially if it has an engine. Cars, planes, code machines—even Britain’s flagship, HMS Victory. Under the guise of Bremont ‘special edition’ watches they’re methodically stockpiling enough parts to build a small but respectable seaplane with an on-board Enigma machine. Now, with the DH-88, they’re planning to fly air races with it, too. Thus far, we’ve had fragments of wing fabric in the Wright Flyer, Enigma machine punchcards in the Codebreaker, carbon fibre yacht sails (the Regatta OTUSA), copper and oak from the HMS Victory. You get the idea.
The new DH-88 carries a fragment of plywood from the undercarriage of the 1934 de Havilland Comet ‘Grosvenor House,’ quite possibly one of the most beautiful aircrafts ever built. And quick too—71 hours to cover the 11,000 miles from Mildenhall in England to Melbourne.The plane is now at The Shuttleworth Collection (if you’re in the UK and have petrol or avgas in your veins, it’s a must) alongside a WWII Lysander, and the sole surviving Battle of Britain Hurricane.