In 2023, Brellum, the Swiss watchmaker known for producing exclusively chronometer-certified watches in limited quantities, is spotlighting its new Pilot GMT Chronograph series. The year kicked off with the Pilot GMT LE.1 Chronometer launch, featuring a white dial and limited to just 23 pieces. The Brellum Pilot LE.2 GMT Chronometer took flight as summer rolled in, boasting a blue dial in another exclusive run of 23 timepieces. Now, introducing the latest addition to the lineup, the Brellum Pilot LE.3 GMT Chronometer takes the stage, captivating those with a penchant for emerald green.
The Brellum Pilot GMT LE.3 Chronometer has a 100m water-resistant case crafted from 316L stainless steel, with a fluted crown at 3 o’clock and two classic-looking chronograph pushers at 2 and 4. The case features predominantly brushed surfaces with high-polished bevels along the lugs and a thin, smooth bezel, receiving a matching high-polished finish. The watch balances robust presence and wearable comfort, measuring 41.8mm in diameter and 15.9mm thick, with an overall lug-to-lug distance of 51.8mm. Clever design details contribute to its aesthetic appeal, like the box-shaped sapphire crystals on both the front and back. The crystals occupy a significant portion of the 15.9mm height; without them, the actual case is just 11.7mm thick. Enhancing the overall slim profile, this ingenious design choice reduces the perceived thickness while housing the movement’s rotor within the space provided by the caseback crystal.
The green opaline dial of the Brellum Pilot LE.3 GMT Chronometer follows the layout of its white and blue predecessors, featuring azuré registers in a familiar configuration, with a date window within the chronograph hours sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a 24-hour scale for the secondary time zone printed along the periphery of the dial. The new green dial version of Brellum’s GMT pilot’s chronograph also features small red accents – “GMT” text on its dial, along with the tips of its GMT hand and chronograph seconds hand.
The rest of the hands have a luminous treatment. Super-LumiNova also appears on the clever mix of applied Arabic numeral hour indices and original printed B-Uhren-inspired markers at the cardinal points. There isn’t any lume on the chronograph seconds hand (or GMT hand, for that matter), which makes lume treatment on the small hands counting chronograph hours and minutes somewhat redundant. Still, while the absence of lume on the central chronograph and GMT hands might pose a challenge in the dark, it aligns with the dial’s design ethos.
Flipping the watch reveals a box-shaped sapphire crystal caseback secured by six small screws. This window into the Brellum Pilot LE.3 GMT Chronometer showcases the brand’s calibre BR-754 automatic chronograph GMT movement, based on the core architecture of the Valjoux 7754. This COSC-certified chronometer offers a 12-hour chronograph, date display, and GMT functionality, with independent adjustment of the date and 24-hour hand via the winding crown. The calibre BR-754 operates at 28,800 vibrations/hour with a power reserve of approximately 46 hours. The intricate finishing, including perlage, blued screws, and Geneva stripes, elevate the movement’s aesthetics. The skeletonized 4N gold-coloured rotor with an aeroplane motif and limited-edition numbering (01/27 to 27/27) further adds a touch of exclusivity.
The New Brellum Pilot GMT LE.3 Chronometer comes with a stainless steel five-link bracelet (tools for sizing are included with the purchase) and a brown nubuck leather strap; both are fitted with a deployant-style folding clasp. The price is EUR 3,650 or CHF 3,150, and the watch is available only on brellum.swiss.