Worth The Wait: The Second Bremont B-1 Marine Clock With Dial Painted By Ronnie Wood Of The Rolling Stones

by Elizabeth Doerr

 Ronnie Wood confidently strolled through the room, took his place in front of a large marine clock and pulled the Union Jack-decorated veil off it with unbridled enthusiasm.

Ronnie Wood unveils the second Bremont B-1 clock featuring one of his hand-painted dials during the brand’s Townhouse event as Nick English looks on (photo courtesy Richard Young)

Ronnie Wood unveils the second Bremont B-1 clock featuring one of his hand-painted dials during the brand’s Townhouse event as Nick English looks on (photo courtesy Richard Young)

If you didn’t already know, you might have seriously wondered what a Rolling Stones guitarist and a clock by Bremont, a young British aviation-inspired watch brand, have in common.

The answer is art.

Bremont exploded onto the watch scene with pilot-styled wristwatches smacking of rugged technology that are hard to beat for their quality and detailed design elements. This English brand — founded and run by brothers Nick and Giles English — quickly became the darling of its home country.

Bremont gained in horological competence when master watchmaker Peter Roberts became its technical director. The unassuming Roberts, who instructed both young Stephen Forsey and Peter Speake-Marin during their formative days at London’s Hackney Watch School, is an acclaimed English watchmaker with 45 years’ experience in the field. He has formerly worked at IWC, Garrard, and Rolex.

While Roberts has meanwhile chosen to go his own way (notably by making his own Grand Complication 5 wristwatch), the large clock remains as a tribute to English watchmaking and the investment of the English brothers: one of the first things Roberts did for Bremont was to design the B-1 Marine Clock.

Ronnie Wood's first clock dial for Bremont was "Wild Horses"

Ronnie Wood’s first clock dial for Bremont was entitled “Wild Horses”

In fact, Roberts wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that it was conceived the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper at his kitchen table. The entire manufacture and production of this unique piece of clockmaking is accomplished in the UK — which is no mean feat.

The inside of "Wild Horses," Ronnie Wood's first clock for Bremont

The inside of “Wild Horses,” Ronnie Wood’s first instance of clock art for Bremont

Boasting 30 days of power reserve, the clock displays three time zones: local time, home time and Greenwich Mean Time, trip time in days and hours (sort of a stopwatch function that goes up to 90 days), date, and power reserve.

Ronnie Wood: artist

The collaboration with Wood, a celebrated painter outside the realm of his duties as guitarist for the Rolling Stones, was a very natural one. Wood explained that it was he who searched out a horological collaboration and very naturally came across Bremont as a British marque of note.

Creative people who are good at their jobs often have several inventive outlets, and so it comes that the 69-year-old guitarist has made quite a name for himself as a painter.

Ronnie Wood hard at work painting the second Bremont B1 Marine Clock dial

Ronnie Wood hard at work painting the second Bremont B-1 Marine Clock dial

Wood’s subjects often include the Rolling Stones, but he does not restrict himself to musical themes; Wood paints whatever moves him, be it abstract or actual. In fact, three years ago he told the Daily Mail, “When I get inspired, I get almost possessed and I just have to paint.”

Nick and Giles suggested the brand’s B-1 Marine Clock as a canvas for Wood’s work, and together they will create a total of 15 unique pieces at a very leisurely pace.

The first, introduced in November 2012, features a wild white horse — a water symbol in many cultures and mythologies. Then again, the horse could also symbolize the star of the 1971 Stones anthem “Wild Horses,” though Wood had not yet joined the band at that time. Either way, in my opinion it is one unique and exclusive piece of horology.

Ronnie Wood and the collector who purchased the first Bremont B1 Marine Clock pose with it during the brand’s Townhouse event

Ronnie Wood and the collector who purchased the first Bremont B-1 Marine Clock pose with it during the brand’s March 2017 Townhouse event

“Wild Horses” was purchased by a collector who actually chooses to leave it on display at Bremont’s Mayfair boutique, a comfortable, homey, and popular meeting place for watch enthusiasts.

Second Ronnie Wood B-1 Marine Clock was worth the wait

On the occasion of Bremont’s inaugural Townhouse event, which took the place of the brand’s normal showing at Baselworld in 2017, Wood and the English brothers unveiled the second clock featuring one of his hand-painted dials.

This new edition of what many have come to call “the Ronnie clock” features a colorful abstract design reflecting something of a different period of Wood’s life, as he explained on the evening. This edition is actually entitled, “I Feel Like Painting.”

"I Feel Like Painting" by Ronnie Wood for Bremont

“I Feel Like Painting,” the B-1 Marine Clock by Ronnie Wood for Bremont

The oil painting visible on the large dial is a representation of his love of art.

“We were always planning a series of clocks,” Wood explains. “But I went away to do four gigs and ended up touring for four years. It’s reinvigorating being able to spend some time focusing on my painting again, and needless to say a perfect thing to do in my 70th year [of life]!”

Ronnie Wood signs the second Bremont B-1 clock featuring one of his hand-painted dials during the brand’s Townhouse event (photo courtesy Richard Young)

Ronnie Wood signs the second Bremont B-1 clock featuring one of his hand-painted dials during the brand’s Townhouse event (photo courtesy Richard Young)

Each edition of the B-1 Marine Clock painted by Wood will vary in price.

The standard edition B-1 Marine Clock without the addition of Wood’s painting can go upward in price with the level of customization. Once a clock has been painted by Wood, the price is determined by Bremont and Wood together.

The two clocks tha tRonnie Wood has painted for Bremont to date: "Wild Horses" (left) and “I Feel Like Painting”

The two B-1 Marine Clocks that Ronnie Wood has painted for Bremont to date: “Wild Horses” (left) and “I Feel Like Painting”

For more information, please visit www.bremont.com/collection/b-1-marine-clock.

Quick Facts B-1 Marine Clock with Ronnie Wood dial
 
Case: 300 mm diameter, 16 kg weight, stainless steel
 Movement: manufacture movement with classic English design by Peter Roberts, wound by crank, 40-day power reserve
 Functions: hours minutes; date, second time zone, trip time in days and hours (a 90-day stopwatch function), power reserve indication
 Dial: each dial is uniquely painted by Ronnie Wood, artist and Rolling Stone
 Limitation: 15 pieces total, to be completed as Wood desires, each with a unique dial
 Price: individually determined and not disclosed

Originally published at Quill & Pad.