Photo of David Lightle talking to Dayton Daily News reporter under Bremont Watch banner
Wright Brothers USA Chief Executive David Lightle talks to Dayton Dayton Daily News reporter Thomas Gnau in Hawthorn Hill. (NAHA photo)

Bremont launches Wright Flyer watch in Dayton

In Dayton History, NAHA News /

Dayton, Ohio—Wright Brothers USA and Bremont Watch Company are holding their U.S. launch of Bremont’s limited edition Wright Flyer watch this week in Dayton, the birthplace of aviation.

Representatives of the Dayton-based Wright Brothers USA and Bremont, an English company, held a media event for the luxury watch on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion in Oakwood.

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Amanda Wright Lane describes the Orville Wright’s first flight in Orville’s study at Hawthorn Hill. NAHA photo.

Each watch is handcrafted with a proprietary Bremont movement and a tiny square of fabric from the original 1903 Wright Flyer. The watch resulted from an exclusive deal with Wright Brothers USA under a licensing agreement between Wright Brothers and the Wright Family Foundation. Royalties from watch sales will benefit the nonprofit foundation and its mission of preserving the legacy of the Wright brothers.

Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the family foundation’s spokeswoman, said the historic house designed by Orville and Wilbur will be the main beneficiary of watch sales. She said Nick English, who co-founded the watch company with his brother Giles, will make his first visit to Hawthorn Hill this week.

“We want to show Nick firsthand the heritage these watches represent,” she said.

Bremont will produce 300 pieces of the Wright Flyer watch in steel, 100 pieces in 18k rose gold, and just 50 pieces in 18k white gold. Prices range from approximately $25,000 to $45,000.

Visit bremont.com to learn more about the Wright Flyer watches and thewrightbrothersusa.com to learn more about licensing Wright-branded products.