The idea of ‘adding lightness’ is famously attributed to Lotus founder Colin Chapman but now the concept has been adopted by BRM. We’re not talking about British Racing Motors; it’s the French automotive- inspired watch brand Bernard Richards
Manufacture, which has recently enhanced its ever- expanding range of car and motorcycle-themed chronographs and three-hand models with the remarkable MK44 Makrolon watch that’s claimed to be the lightest automatic chronograph in the world.
BRM makes the thermoplastic Makrolon sound ultra- exotic by describing it as the stuff used to make the side windows of the most advanced race cars, helmet visors and fighter-plane cockpit canopies, and there’s no denying that it is a tough, versatile and incredibly light heat- resistant material. But this particular type of polycarbonate is also in use all around us in everything from medical equipment to car-headlamp covers and spectacles to greenhouse glazing.
Taking advantage of its highly mouldable nature, inherent strength and featherweight density, BRM has used Makrolon to create the entire upper case of the new MK44, making for a transparent look previously seen mainly on high-end watches made from sapphire crystal, such as those by Richard Mille and Hublot.