Bremont has announced that it will give financial support to the British School of Watchmaking as part of a "long-term commitment to enable Britain’s own watchmaking school to expand further".
As well as providing the school with financial support, Bremont will also offer students at the British School of Watchmaking work experience placements at its workshops in Henley-on-Thames.
Bremont co-founder Nick English said: "Right from the outset, a key motivator for [co-founder] Giles [English] and myself with Bremont has been the bringing of watch-manufacture on a significant scale back to British shores.
"To achieve this and the future supply of British watchmakers, schools like this are absolutely essential. We are honoured to have been invited to join the school as partners alongside some very well respected and established watch brands.”
Bremont has long held an ambition to bring more watchmaking back to Britain. It is already assembling and finishing off key movement and case components at its workshops, and told WatchPro that as this side of the business grows it could open up deeper collaborations between itself and the British School of Watchmaking as the brand could offer students jobs or training courses.
The British School of Watchmaking was founded in Manchester in 2004, taking its first class of students in 2006. The school has since then attracted funding and support from major watch organisations operating in the UK, including
Rolex, Patek Philippe and Watches of Switzerland.
British School of Watchmaking director Mark Hearn said: “We are delighted that Bremont has joined the ranks of supporters of the BSoW going forward, and as a British brand, it is a natural fit for the school, and I am sure, will be beneficial to both parties.”