You were probably too caught up with all the symbiote action-packed sequences in the latest Venom trailer to notice what kind of watch Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock character has on his wrist throughout the movie – we don’t blame you, there was a lot happening in the three-minute-plus long trailer, released a couple of months back.
Come October 5, Venom is set to be of the biggest films to hit screens this autumn, featuring one of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex antiheroes, played by the Academy Award nominated actor known for his unique talent and range in creating brooding, dark and twisted characters for the big screen.
Fitting with the dark and sombre tone of the film, the new stealthy Bremont U2/51-JET timepiece can be seen throughout, adorned upon the wrist of the journalist-turns-lethal-protector. (Fun fact: Venom won’t be the first time Hardy will wear a renowned timepiece in an acting role; he was spotted wearing a service-issued Omega “RAF” 1940 ref. CK2129 for his role in Dunkirk, which was painstakingly hunted down by the props crew)
The U-2/51-JET takes design cues from some of Bremont’s military works, commissioned by the Royal Air Force’s 100 Squadron members, the first squadron formed for night bombing back in 1917, to complement their centenary Hawk T1 jet aircraft.
Its stealthy appearance led to the introduction of this ‘Jet’ black timepiece, complete with black smoked glass open caseback, through which one can view the automatic movement. The U-2/51-JET also incorporates a striking combination of the brand’s trademark vintage ‘51’ lume, originally found on the Limited Edition P-51, together with heat treated steel blued hands.
To mark this centennial milestone, Bremont has also teamed up with comic artist and aviation enthusiast, Adi Granov, to paint the Bremont Broussard (known as the ‘Bremont Bus’), the brand’s French military aircraft from the 1950s. The Sony Pictures collaborative project sees Adi reinventing the military tradition of nose art painting – borne out of practical reasons in identifying friendly aircraft, with his own depiction of Venom, inspired by the iconic shark tooth design seen on the WWII fighters.
A character known for his menacing teeth, Venom is unleashed upon the nose of the Broussard around the radial engine, combined with blacked out fuselage – giving the aircraft a dramatic change in aesthetics, and bringing Venom to life amidst Bremont’s deeply rooted DNA in aviation.
The practice of nose art painting on aircraft eventually evolved to express the individuality of the planes, and was used to evoke memories from home and life outside the military, providing protection against the stresses of war.
In Adi’s case, he said: “this is one of the largest scale projects I’ve ever worked on. The biggest challenge I’ve found was trying to keep the perspective on both sides of the aircraft. I’m an aircraft enthusiast as well as a watch enthusiast, so when I was approached to work on this project, it was great, and it’s amazing to see my piece of art flying through the air.”