On Thursday 27 October at the Sofitel Wentworth, the who’s who of Australian adventuring and conservation assembled to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have triumphed in areas of preservation and adventure.
Bremont was proud to be returning as a partner of the Australian Geographic Society Awards in 2016 for the third consecutive year. The AG Society, established in 1987 by Dick Smith, is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to supporting Australian environmental endeavours and honouring those that have achieved in the fields of adventure and conservation.
Dr David Suzuki was the special guest speaker who spoke with both conviction and passion about his work and shared stories of his many exploits. In addition, Suzuki spoke about indigenous culture “As we spread there were groups that stayed in place, and they learned through the hard won life lessons of their ancestors. Through their success, their failures, their mistakes, that became the body of indigenous knowledge that’s thousands of years old. They learned a way of living in balance with the things that kept them alive.” Powerful words that resonated with all that attended the evening.
MICHAEL SMITH – WINNER OF ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR
This year Bremont was proud to be sponsoring the Adventurer of the Year award, the longest standing award for Adventure in Australia. The winner for 2016 was Michael Smith, the first person to solo circumnavigate the world in a single engine flying boat. He commenced his journey in Melbourne on April 12th 2015, flying to London and then landing back in Melbourne 7 months later on 14th November 2015.
The voyage had a certain symbiosis with Bremont’s commitment to be continually tested to the limits, with a portion of Michael’s flight being a gruelling 23 hour non-stop leg from Alaska to Japan, 14 of those hours in the dark.
Flying for 12 years, Michael said he was “inspired by the Catalinas of WW2, which my Grandfather served on, and the glorious British Short C-class and Sunderland Flying Boats of the 1930’s used by Imperial (now British Airways) and Qantas. This was the Golden Age of flying, there was so much romance I just wanted to follow in those footsteps.” Michael shared that this “is one of the proudest moments of my life. I have followed the adventures of so many of the previous winners, I never expected to be joining that list, let alone meeting some of them on the night. To be a British Australian receiving the award in Australia and a British made Bremont aviation watch was a perfect commemoration.”
Michael received The Supermarine S500, a Bremont divers watch inspired by our aviation principles. It maintains the Bremont DNA with an anti-magnetic Faraday cage encasing the beautifully finished chronometer-tested BE-36AE movement, as does the patented antishock case mount. The S500’s 43 mm case can withstand depths of up to 500 metres - although it has been tested far deeper, while the sapphire bezel offers extraordinary luminosity in low light conditions. The case also has an automatic helium escape value for professional diving requirements.