October 09, 2020
Apart from the latest Streamliner Skeleton collection, most collection are presented in Briston’s signature shape : cambered-square. Briston then offers different materials to dress the retro-chic case shape: acetate of cellulose or stainless steel with matt, satin brushed, mirror-polished or PVD treatments on the case. The cellulose acetate is a noble material and very popular in the high-end eyewear. Developed from 70% of fiber and flower of cotton, it is a natural, hypoallergenic material, fortunately less volatile, and you can shape and polish it to resemble tortoise shell. Briston works with Italian company Mazzucchelli to make the cases for its Clubmaster watches. The steel case is made of premium grade 316L, corrosion-resistant stainless steel.
Until now, Briston has produced some collections of Automatic Watches. The first collection that has Automatic Movement Mechanism is Briston Clubmaster Iconic. The Clubmaster Briston Iconic is designed to be a timeless classic with an elegant discretion and are created with 2 type of dials. One with an open dial called Open Heart Dial to see the exposed mechanism, and the one one with a more sober dial and the date at 6 o’clock called Closed Dial. Briston Clubmaster Iconic focused on details: a transparent back-case with a view on the movement decorated with “Côte de Genève”, a sapphire crystal, an interchangeable 2-part leather strap or NATO, and two type of material case: Tortoise Shell Acetate or Polished Steel. The movement itself use Japanese made Automatic Movement, NH38A and mechanical with automatic winding with ball bearing (BI-directional). Seiko movements are well known for toughness and reliability at this price range.
Briston Clubmaster Diver was the first watches collection released with automatic movement. This watch is specifically built to dive deep into the waters, with up to 200M (Clubmaster Diver) and 300M (Clubmaster Diver Pro). The watch offers a perfect sporty and elegant look both on land and under the sea. Diver Collection cases : Diver Yachting (which measures up to 42mm) and Diver Pro (44m) is available in three versions: classic tortoise shell acetate, sporty brushed steel, and elegant polished steel, while the strap available is interchangeable and the material available are leather, nylon (NATO) and rubber.
The difference between original Diver and the Diver Yachting falls into the dials, where the Clubmaster Diver Yachting has a genuine walnut wood dial. The overall Diver designs combines a contemporary “timepiece” and a chic accessory—casual but resolutely and thorougly accessible. After roughly 3 years, Briston then step up and upgraded their first automatic watch collections and comes up with the Clubmaster Diver Pro. With Diver Pro, they keep the stunning form and function of visually appealing retro case shape, yet making it into a 44mm size and up to 300m water resistant, featuring a screw crown and unidirectional rotating black ceramic bezel. For movement side, the Diver has an automatic Seiko Instrument NH35A movement with a 41-hours power reserve and date function, which runs in 24 jewels at 21,600 vph, offering hand-winding, and a stop second features as well, with bi-direction winding.
Briston Clubmaster Traveler Worldtime is the next in line with only 500 pieces limited edition sold in Briston and retailers all around the world, the watch is a fine combination of modern and classic watch. The Traveler Worldtime is the advanced version of Traveler GMT that is launched last June 2019, in The Traveler series. Frequent travelers will stay on time while wearing their Clubmaster GMT Traveler. Fitted into a 42mm case with an unusual design which falls in the line of DIVER collection, this novelty is provided for the first time with the Swiss Sellita SW330-1 caliber, and the only automatic collection that using Swiss Sellita, since the other use Seiko from Japan. This movement, well-known for its reliability, has a 4Hz frequency (28 800 VPH) and displays hour and minutes, second time zone (GMT complication) as well as the time in twenty-four time zones and date with a 2 days power reserve. The Clubmaster Traveler Worldtime watch features a bi-directional rotating city ring and an additional central hand doing a 24h dial revolution. Equipped with a fixed 24-hour ring punctuated by a day / night indication, you just have to put the city of residence opposite the number corresponding to your local time on the 24-hour ring.
The latest series of the Automatic Collection is Skeleton Streamliner. After seven years of handling their signature design: the clubmaster with specific shape: the cambered-square, Briston now announced that that their new line features a totally new shape: with a cambered-barrel shape, opening the possibilities scope and allowing all promising areas and form of expression: the Streamliner.
The series was inspired by the Streamline movement in the 1930s and borrows its pure lines with a cambered-barrel shape case. It is completed by an interchangeable 2-part strap in brown vintage leather with orange inserts. Available with a 42 mm case in smoked acetate or brushed steel, this watch comes with a 3-layer black dial open to a skeleton automatic movement. Its smooth lines establish a new vision of watchmaking elegance, while at the same time concurring with codes of a watch inspired by Streamline style. The same with the others automatic series, the streamliner also use Japanese Automatic, except its Miyota 8N40.
The Automatic Collection will be featured in their own journal, and can be purchased in the link here