Starting 2019 I am so excited to announce I have officially joined the Bremont Adventure Family! Having been a huge fan of the brand (and founders Giles and Nick) for years, they embrace the exact same (British eccentric explorer) values as me within their own field of watch manufacturing and horology. Which is why as we plot and plan for 2019 and 2020, it’s possible adventures could look to even surpass the ambitions of the Great British Swim. Talking to the media at my first Bremont Adventure Club last month, I spoke about the partnership and up and coming plans to test the new diving watch the s2000:
“Why are you so excited about this partnership with Bremont?”
Britain has an incredible history and heritage of great explorers from Sir Francis Drake, Captain James Cook to the modern living legend Sir Ranulph Fiennes, but one of my favourite stories has to be Captain Matthew Webb, the first recorded person to swim the English Channel on 25 August 1875. Worth noting is many people believed the swim to be impossible because the tides were too strong and water too cold, but Captain Webb, in a woollen wetsuit and on a diet of brandy and beef broth, swam breaststroke (because “front crawl was ungentlemanly like”) and battled waves for over 20 hours to make history. For me this story just embodies what being a true British explorer is all about, since (for whatever reason) it seems adventure and exploration is engrained in our British DNA. This also served as a source of inspiration for myself when last year (trying to follow in the footsteps of my heroes) I swam 2,000-miles in 157 days to become the first person to swim around Great Britain. Which is why (for all of these reasons and more) I am so incredibly proud to partner with Bremont as they embrace that exact same ethos of being “fearlessly progressive” in their own field of watch manufacturing and horology as you can quite literally see the passion engrained into every timepiece.
“Why timekeeping is important to you?”
Timekeeping and swimming were my two main jobs from June 1st 2018 to November 4th during The Great British Swim. That’s because every 6 hours the tide would change which allowed me to continue my 2,000 mile journey around Great Britain. It didn’t matter if it was 2am in the morning (swimming in complete darkness) or 2pm in the afternoon (swimming in sunshine with dolphins), the ocean is unforgiving and when the tide changed I either had to be on deck ready to jump in and swim or I might miss out on 20 miles of swimming for that tide. I cannot stress how important that is! That’s because you could be the best swimmer in the world but if you try and swim against the current through the Penland Firth (one of the strongest tidal currents in the world may be up to 12 knots) you will find you move backwards faster than a dolphin can swim
“How will you be testing the new S2000 on some crazy plans you have coming up?”
As an adventurer and author I’ve I slightly strange working schedule since my “office” can be up a mountain peak, at sea or attending book signings, talks and tours. Which is why the S2000 is actually my perfect watch, just because in a single day I could be battling waves in the morning but in a boardroom by the afternoon and whilst I worry about jellyfish and sharks, I don’t actually have to worry about my watch since after 2,000 nautical miles the S2000 still has this “handsome hardwearing” quality to it.