Bremont Project Possible: Pushing the boundaries of human endeavour
By Yasemin Gumushan | 3 minute read
Here at Calibre, we believe you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to. All you need, is a reliable timepiece as your trusted companion. 2019 saw one man achieve the impossible. Bremont Ambassador Nirmal “Nims” Purja MBE firmly took his place in mountaineering history when he completed Project Possible, a challenge to summit Earth’s 14 tallest mountains, all higher than 8,000m, in less than 7 months.
There are only 14 mountains on earth higher than 8,000m – and they are all located in the Himalayas. It’s not surprising that these peaks are referred to as the ‘death zone’ as human life cannot exist there. Smashing the previous record of nearly 8 years and breaking a further 6 world records in the process, Nim’s extreme feat is arguably a record unlikely to be broken. Of course, Nim needed a timepiece to accompany him and wore a Bremont S300 during his ascent of all 14 mountains.
Bremont Project Possible Limited Edition
In honour of this and to mark their involvement as lead sponsor for Project Possible, Bremont released a limited-edition timepiece. Limited to only 300 pieces, this watch is built from titanium and bronze. Boasting a dark blue dial with bronze bezel and ceramic blue insert, teamed with bronze hands, the Special Edition Bremont Project Possible is for the ambitious.
“I believed in this project and I made sure to surround myself with people who believed in it too. This was never just about me, which is the reason I’ve been able to overcome some huge obstacles on this journey. By achieving this goal I knew I could inspire people from all generations, across the world. I hope to have shown that anything is possible when you set your mind to it.” Nirmal “Nims” Purja MBE
“We’re incredibly proud to have been involved in Bremont Project Possible since the beginning.
“Nims is a total inspiration. Never has a mechanical watch been quite so well-travelled in such a short period of time!
“Our watches have a history of being tested to their limits in extreme environments and this is absolutely testament to their durability and reliability.” Bremont Co-Founder, Nick English
We invited our expert Watch Buying team to share their thoughts on Bremont's Project Possible piece and the importance of watch durability.
Bremont are known for their iconic limited-edition pieces, can you tell us what makes the Project Possible Limited Edition extra special?
Bremont Ambassador Nirmal "Nims" Purja holds the record for climbing all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks in the shortest amount of time. Bremont launched this limited-edition GMT version of their S500 diving watch to commemorate this incredible achievement and their involvement as the lead sponsor for Project Possible.
Can you share with us your favourite features of the Bremont Project Possible Limited Edition?
The combination of bronze on the bezel against the blue ceramic inlay really brings out the colours of the watch. The bronze is especially notable since it was the first time Bremont have used bronze on a watch. Turning the watch over to show the case back, engraved on the Bremont rotor are the Project Possible summit heights in order of completion by Nirmal Purja. Another great feature!
Bremont timepieces pride themselves in pushing boundaries, how important is it to consider durability when purchasing a piece?
Each year, watch durability is put to the test to see how much force a watch is able to withstand. The production of long-lasting watches has become an important aspect of watchmaking and there is now an increased demand for watches that are able to last years. Brands now emphasise the durability of timepieces when manufacturing models, ensuring they are strong, highly functional and can go the distance. The anti-shock technology in the Martin Baker and Supermarine models allow these Bremont models to be subjected to extreme environments. Bremont ambassadors such as Nirmal Purja have worn and tested Bremont watches on their expeditions in the harshest conditions and all watches have come back working perfectly.
In your opinion, what sets Bremont apart from other brands?
Bremont is a British company that tells an incredible narrative about British watchmaking. They have a goal to bring as much of the watchmaking process back to the UK as possible. As a British made company, manufacturing in the UK means that Bremont have to be exclusive. The quantity of each model that is produced is relatively small, meaning that Bremont watches retain their value over time. All Bremont watches are designed, manufactured and assembled in England, and this year, Bremont launched its first UK-made movement series. A true leap forward for British watchmaking!
And finally, will you be watching 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible on Netflix?
I have already watched it! The documentary follows Nirmal Purja and his attempt to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks in seven months, where the previous record was seven years! I won’t give too much away, but it is an amazing documentary that is definitely worth a watch!
Nims’ amazing accomplishment has been documented and will be available to view on Netflix from Monday 29th November. 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible, is a thrilling, action-packed story about courage, perseverance, and pushing the limits of human endurance over 189 days.
Push the boundaries of human endeavour, shop Bremont Project Possible here.
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