Briston is a French watch brand that was created by Brice Jaunet in 2012. Although it is considered to be a young brand in the watchmaking industry, Briston is loved by watch enthusiasts around the world. Briston watches combine French sophistication with British spirit to offer a distinct class of timepieces. The brand is known for creating sporty and elegant watches, with a contemporary and unique design. The brand is most well-known for its acetate cases and its cambered square design. There is no dearth of design options in Briston, with variations in case design and straps. Briston watches are especially popular among those who prefer a more contemporary design.
New Briston Watches
Briston is a Paris-based watch brand that is distinctly British in spirit. Although it is a fairly new entrant in the watchmaking industry, it has taken the world by storm in the past few years. After spending 15 years working in the watchmaking industry, Brice Jaunet founded the Briston brand of watches in 2012. The brand is known to produce elegant sporty timepieces that combine the British spirit with French elegance. The unique design of the Briston watches is based on the time spent by Brice Jaunet as a student in Oxford.
The Briston watches are often described are chic, sporty, and quirky. The brand offers a wide range of elegant sporty watches for both women and men. The flagship collection of the brand, Briston Clubmaster, offers 8 different variations of Briston watches. These are Sport, Classic, Iconic, Lady, Diver, Traveler, and Streamliner Skeleton. While some models are driven by quartz movement, others feature automatic movement. The Traveler, Iconic, Streamliner Skeleton and Diver collections are driven by automatic movements, while the Sport, Classic, Lady, and Chic collections house quartz movement.
History of Briston Watches
The history of this French brand of chic-sporty watches does not go back too far. It was created in 2012 by skilled watchmaker Brice Jaunet, who is a watch enthusiast himself. Brice Janet has over 15 years of experience in working with some of the biggest brands in the luxury watchmaking industry. He has worked with many Swiss companies like Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Zenith, and Raymond Weil. Brice Jaunet decided to bring his wealth of knowledge and expertise in the horological industry into his own brand to create timeless watches that cater to different needs.
When creating the brand, the main objective of the founder was to create affordable luxury watches that feature authentic and beautiful designs. The design of the sporty Briston watches draws inspiration from the Oxford-Cambridge culture of boat racing, cricket, and polo.
Stainless steel watch cases are something everyone is familiar with. However, a unique feature of some of the Briston watches is the use of a material called cellulose acetate for the watch cases. This material is made from 70% cotton fiber, which makes it an anti-allergic and natural substance. It is traditionally used in the eyewear industry. The exterior components of the models with acetate cases are made of stainless steel. These components include the strap, buckle, lugs, crown, pusher, and top ring. The finish of these components can be gold-toned, silvered, or IP-coated, depending upon the model. The beautiful color themes are offered in both the stainless steel and the acetate cases.
Besides this, the Briston watches are also known for their unique case design, which is a cambered square. The brand also offers watches with colorful and vibrant NATO straps, which add a sporty finish to the design. The Briston watches feature distinctive styles of different horological eras, spanning from the 1920s to the 1970s. Even though Briston is considered to be a young watch brand, it is loved by watch enthusiasts around the world. At present, the brand supplies watches to more than 50 countries.
Briston Watch Collections
The Clubmaster Classic collection of Briston watches come with a 40mm case which has a dome-shaped mineral crystal. This collection has chronograph models and also three-hand with date models. The acetate-case watches, on the other hand, come with a tortoiseshell with matt-grey and matt-black finishings. The watches offer a water resistance of 100 meters and are powered by the Miyota OS 21 quartz movement.
The watches in the Briston Clubmaster Sport collections are inspired by the 1960 racing cars. These quartz-chronograph watches come with 42mm acetate cases, with a tachymeter scale and a two-counter dial layout. The Clubmaster Sport watches display the date at the 6-hour mark and are powered by the Miyota OS21 movement. These watches are also fitted with a dome-shaped mineral crystal glass and they are water-resistant up to 100 m.
The Iconic collection of Briston watches come with automatic models which are distinctly modern. The watches in this collection come with a 42mm case, in both stainless steel and acetate versions. There are two other variations in cases, with one featuring an open heart at the 9-hour mark. The other version features the date at the 6-hour mark. These automatic watches are powered by the Seiko NH35A and NH38A movements. They come with sapphire crystal glass and are water-resistant up to 50 m.
The watches in this collection come with 36mm stainless steel or acetate cases, with a gold-toned or silvered finish. They are powered by the Miyota 2035 quartz movement and are water-resistant up to 100m. The elegant watches feature a mineral crystal glass and the most unique feature is its two-layer dial, with options in rose gold, silver-white, and semi-glossy black.
The Briston Clubmaster Lady collection has been designed specifically for modern women. These watches feature a dainty 24mm gold-toned or silver case. The crown of the watch is topped with a black onyx cabochon. The watches are powered by the Miyota GL 20 movement. This elegance of these watches is further enhanced when paired with 12mm mesh bracelets.
This collection of watches features a GMT function, which makes it the perfect choice for a globetrotter. The 42mm case is topped with sapphire crystal glass, while the hands of the watch come with Superluminova inserts. These watches are powered by the Swiss SW 330-1 automatic movement.
This collection consists of 3 different models, the Diver, Diver Yachting, and Diver Pro. The Clubmaster Diver collection of watches is water-resistant up to 300m. They are powered by the Seiko NH35A automatic movement.
Clubmaster Streamliner Skeleton
The watches in this collection come with a 42mm barrel-cambered case, with a 3-layer dial. The design of the Clubmaster Streamliner Skeleton collection has been inspired by the 1930 Streamline American style. These self-winding watches are powered by the Miyota 8N40 caliber.
Briston offers a range of watches that are created to suit different tastes. With durable materials and affordable price point, these watches offer the perfect balance between form and function. With the immense popularity enjoyed by the brand, it is safe to say that the brand will continue to make waves in the horological industry.