Category: Breitling Watches
Whatever your feelings are about the size of modern Breitling Navitimer B04 Chronograph GMT (between 43mm and 48mm), Breitling’s icon is without a doubt one of the definitive pilot’s watches. Developed with, and for, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) during the early 1950s, the original reference 806 Navitimer allowed pilots to calculate critical information, such as airspeed, flight time, distance, and fuel consumption, all at a glance. This new limited edition Navitimer continues in that spirit with some modern updates and a new blue dial.
The core of what makes the Breitling Navitimer B04 Chronograph GMT special is the rotating slide rule bezel. This feature was actually introduced in the Breitling Chronomat a full decade before the Navitimer was launched, but it was Breitling’s close ties with the AOPA, made official by the association’s logo right on the Navitimer’s dial, that made it the envy of every squadron. It’s this bezel that allows the above calculations to be made quickly and efficiently right on the wrist.
Now to the watch at hand. The Breitling Navitimer GMT Aurora Blue is based on the company’s latest Navitimer GMT, a 48mm stainless steel model introduced in 2015. It differs from most other modern Navitimers in that it also indicates home time via a red-tipped hand. The GMT complication, first used by Breitling in 1968, was added to the Navitimer line in 2014, but is also currently offered in the Navitimer World, a watch powered by a Valjoux 7750 base movement. The Navitimer GMT on the other hand, is powered by a manufacture movement, Caliber B04, which is a COSC-certified automatic chronograph with a convenient quick-set function for the hour hand. It has a 70-hour power reserve as well.
The Aurora Blue is the most colorful version of the Breitling Navitimer B04 Chronograph GMT yet. Previously this watch was available with a white dial or a black and white panda dial very reminiscent of that old ref. 806. Blue seems to be a common color for Breitling’s limited editions. In 2013, Breitling introduced a very similar blue dial, also with a discreet sunburst finish, in a limited edition Navitimer 1461. That watch came with a blue leather strap, but this time Breitling has gone for a matching rubber strap instead.
Breitling was a very popular brand when I just entered this field several years ago, at that time, many people bought replicas of Breitling Avenger, Navitimer and Seawolf from our watch market, there were no big manufacturers years ago, those people bought Breitling Top Time because the Avenger and Seawolf were really cloned so well, and their prices were not high. Nowadays, more and more powerful watch manufacturers joined in this industry, there are a lot of brand replica watches that are better than Breitling, so, replica Breitling watches were not that popular like before. However, in our market, each brand has their most iconic replica, so does Breitling, for example, its Avenger BlackBird from G factory is really good, and can also be equipped with Swiss ETA movement, so it becomes one of the best sellers. Besides the Avenger BlackBird, G factory also makes a lot of other Breitling replica watches, and some new Breitling is really worthy of our attention, like this Top Time Chronograph watch.
G factory, on many websites, it is called GF or GF factory, these names are all ok, the factory is famous for making great quality replica Breitling watches. This Breitling Top Time replica watch is a very good timepiece for gentleman, in overall look, it looks like a nice dress watch, but also with some sports characteristics. Round case is measured to be 41mm in diameter and 14.2mm in thickness, a little thick I think. The case back looks simple, a big word “ Breitling Top Time ” engraving is sand finished on smooth background. The design of the chronograph buttons makes them very convenient for the wearer to operate, but do not use them too often, even today’s A7750 has been improved several times, but I still think it is not as durable as other automatic movements.
The dial is interesting, the fan-shaped area where two small dials are located are like two eyes. The red color used on hands enhance the readability of the white dial. The small dial at 9 o’clock is for small seconds display, while its opposite subdial at 3 o’clock is for minute-chronograph display, there is a small red area on that subdial, I do not know what purpose it is used for, and the small red hand, what is it for? Like genuine watch, the round dots next to each stick hour markers are filled with luminous material, you will see strong green lume light in dark condition.
The band looks good, it is the style I like, the suede outside reminds me of Panerai’s ASSO leather band, it looks cool on the outside, while the back side that contacts your skin is Breitling’s iconic yellow leather, which could offers the wearer a great comfort, I love such design, if Breitling could offers more choices on watches bands, I want to buy more in future.
One cannot think about Breitling without making the connection the brand has with aeronautics. And also with diving and sports watches. The brand’s name is associated usually with modern air aerobatics and air race, but Breitling was one of the sponsors of the Bentley team for Le Man 24 Hours race. Breitling was even a Bond watch in the 1965 Flemming’s James Bond movie Thunderball. Today we review one of the latest timepieces, presented during Baselworld 2018 – Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44.
The brand Breitling and the company Breitling SA was founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling, in Saint-Imier, Bernese Jura. As a skilled watchmaker, he manufactured timepieces and measuring tools. As the company flourished, he became more focused on the development and manufacturing of chronographs. He developed and patented a simplified chronograph, easy to produce and maintain.
In 1892, due to success and high demand of his pieces, Léon Breitling opens a new factory with 60 employees in La Chaux-de-Fonds. His son, Gaston Breitling joins the business and takes over the company in 1914, at his death.
The world’s first wrist chronograph with separate push-piece is launched by Breitling in 1915. In 1923, the brand patented a pocket watch with two pushers. One for start/stop the chrono and the other one was used for reset. This system of two pushers to start/stop and reset is still in use today in almost all chronographs.
Initially, the brand produced a lot of watches with an unsigned dial or using clients name, but from the late 1920s, the Breitling name starting to be present on the dials.
In 1927, Gaston Breitling passed away and the company is lead by an external team. In 1932, and Willy Breitling, Leon’s grandson takes over at a time when Breitling SA had 40 different models of wristwatches and cockpit instruments. Willy filed a patent for a two pushers chronograph in 1934. And in 1936 he introduced the aviator chronograph with black dial, luminescent numerals and rotating bezel with luminescent pointer arrow.
In 1938, Willy Breitling establishes the Huit Aviation Department: to produce 8 days power reserve dashboard clocks and chronometric instruments for aviators. Furthermore, the Chronomat was patented in 1940. This watch with rotating slide rule was helpful for technicians and scientist.
In 1943, the brand presented the Premiere collection including 38mm stainless steel and solid gold watches designated for the general public. A year later, the Duograph was introduced with a split seconds complication. It was followed by Datora, a watch collection with calendar and moon phase.
Breitling releases the widely known Navitimer, featuring the slide rule as part of the Chronomat family in 1952. The end of the fifties brings the SuperOcean with 200m water resistance and the TransOcean, a shockproof, anti-magnetic and “super-sealed” automatic chronometer.
Breitling then goes to space: On the 24th May 1962, Scott Carpenter uses a 24 hours dial version of the Navitimer during his mission aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft. This is the first Swiss-made watch in space. Yuri Gagarin, who is the first man in space wore a Russian made watch. Earlier Americans in space had pocket watches
Sean Connery wears a Breitling Top Time as James Bond in the 1965 Thunderball movie.
In 1965, Breitling was part of the consortium, together with Jack W. Heuer, Büren-based and Dubois-Dépraz which built the world’s first micro-rotor automatic chronograph in 1965. Breitling’s watch from this effort was launched in 1969 as the Chrono-Matic.
During the Quartz crisis, Breitling aligns with the new technologies and releases a quartz Chronomat and Navitimer models. Willy Breitling sells Breitling SA to Ernest Schneider in 1979. Schneider and family remain in leadership team until 2017.
In the modern era, the Breitling released the Emergency. This civil aviation watch is packed with a special radio module emitting on the 121.5 MHz distress frequency and serves as a backup for ELT-type airborne beacons. The watch’s emergency transmitter can be used in rescue missions for locating the wearer. The military version of Emergency operates on other frequency. The watch is available also for the public with the mention that in case of usage of the distress beacon, the wearer must bear the cost of the rescue intervention. Since 2013, the Emergency II is monitored also via satellites.
A big change comes for the brand in 2017, when the Schneiders sold the majority stake to a capital group who Georges Kern was appointed CEO. We were from the first to confirm this move. You can read about the future and directions of Breitling in our exclusive interview of Georges Kern in February 2018.
We review today the latest SuperOcean B01. Before we start, let’s have a look together at the clip we filmed during Baselworld 2018 presenting the wristwatch and his functionality.
The Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 is a well built, robust machinery. The 44mm steel case features an overall polished finish, a detail found on many of the Breitling watches. The lugs are long with straight surfaces and precise corners. A design feature mandated by Kern so that the watch can fit smaller wrists.
The front of the watch is occupied by a big rotating bezel. The 120-toothed unidirectional diving style bezel offers a smooth, effortless handling with or without gloves. The blue ceramic insert makes a pretty nice show with the engraved indexes. The 12’s o’clock triangle features a steel ring insert filled with Super-LumiNova.
The watch is fitted with a screw-in crown. The domed crown is decorated with the new Breitling logo. The chrono-pushers are manufactured in polished steel. They have a classic cylindrical shape and are easy to push, offering a precise but soft handling.
The caseback is a screw-in with a see-through sapphire design. The case gives a good robustness feeling, and the 200m water resistance makes the watch a reliable partner. The metal bracelet is nicely manufactured and polished. The overall sporty look is balanced, the watch is rather big but wears smaller as expected. The SuperOcean B01 Chronograph could be a nice daily companion.
The Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 Ref. No. AB0162161C1A1 is fitted with a three register blue dial. The layout is a classic one with small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock and 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock. The sub-dials are sunken, present a stamped circular pattern and have black printed indexes and numerals. The hour markers are polished batton applied indexes and Super-LumiNova dots on the minutes and seconds’ track. The seconds’ register marks every 1/4 of a second (4Hz movement).
The date window, placed at 4:30 o’clock respects the dials colour theme and have a good contrast and legibility with white printing on a blue background. The dial is further decorated with printed brand’s name on top of which we find used the latest Breitling logo.
The new SuperOcean Heritage II Collection comes with distinctive hands. The hour hand is a broad arrow filled with Super-LumiNova and the minute hand is sword-shaped, also filled with Super-LumiNova. The seconds and the small seconds/chrono hands are baton polished steel with a surprisingly good legibility.
The dial is balanced and nice to look at. Not too busy (the big 44mm size helps) but also not slatternly, the dial offers good legibility and a nice, interesting note due to hour’s and minute’s hands.
Until the development of B01, Breitling was using the movement ebauche from ETA/Valjoux. In the early 2000s, the lack of clarity on the availability of chronograph movements specifically and the uncertainty of supply in the ebauche market, together with the wish to be independent pushed the brand to take action.
The calibre B01 is the result of five years of development of a five-man team. The intention was to create a robust movement, COSC certified easy to produce and maintain, feasible for mass production.
The Calibre B01 is built as a column-wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch system. The vertical clutch system eliminates the hand jumping when the chronograph is triggered.
The B01 features an auto-centering system for the reset hammers. A brilliant feature, especially considering that the movement is mass produced and no individual adjustments are performed for every calibre. For the rate-adjustment, the B01 uses a special visual regulating system using reference indexes.
The calibre B01 has a balance weel working at 28,800 v.p.h. or 4Hz with a Nivarox escapement and an impressive single barrel power reserve of more than 70 hours. The instantaneous date change is a nice addition.
The decorations are lovely for a movement designed to be mass-produced: mainplate with perlage, snailing and Côtes de Genève brushes, diamond polished bevels, a gold filled engraved rotor weight, all visible freely under the see-through caseback.
The Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 is a lovely watch. The 44mm size is a proper size for many wrists and could fit even a smaller wrist. Even a lady can consider it a statement for an active life. The watch feels good on the wrist with a slight weightier wear. Those used to only quartz and/or carbon/titanium watches might find it on the heavy side at first. The ones used to having a solid automatic chronograph steel watch will find the SuperOcean B01 lovely, the extra bracelet weight giving a feeling of assurance and robustness.
The pushers are easy to use. The initial stuttering in the video was caused by the author’s incertitude by handling through camera viewer. The chrono pushers respond well, creating a robust feel without effort.
While not a dress watch, the Breitling SuperOcean B01 still boosts enough comfort and confidence for a daily use. In these times, where etiquette is more casual and relaxed, the piece can be a good conversation starter even on a business attire. But the watch requests and deserves action, beach or cold mountain lakes. It deserves adventure.
The name Breitling always seems to stir a certain sense of awe and prestige whenever I hear it. It is certainly a name many watch connoisseurs have heard along their journey in time (forgive the puns). Not only is this Swiss giant famed for its Aviator brand, it has also redesigned its Avenger range of rugged, powerful and yet simply elegant watches. Reviewing this new Breitling Avenger collection certainly sets a bold precedent for future releases.
Being a premium household name in the aviation industry, Breitling has found itself amongst the machinery, clocks and flight equipment aboard counteless aircrafts since the 1930s. Debuting in 2001, the Avenger collection immediately stood apart with its rugged durability and bold dials. With the recent cull of the Breitling Colt, it was great to hear that the Avenger collection is here to stay, with this latest revamp certainly positioning it as one of Breitling’s key pieces. Ear-marked for its performance, it seems only fitting that Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT decided to launch one of its boldest collections into the modern era of aviation.
The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT collection now comes in 14 new references, 3 case sizes (43mm to 48mm), some colorways and various strap options. Although targeted to pilots and aviation personnel, I believe the Avenger collection would also suit adventurous individuals with a busy, stylish, yet purposeful lifestyle.
Watches come in different dials and sizes and some better than others, fortunately in the case of Breitling, you can be assured that they aren’t cutting any corners when it comes to their watches. In their bid to keep high standards of quality, Breitling have ensured that their Avenger collection of watches all come with Super-LumiNova luminescent hour, minute, and second hands providing an after-glow in the dark (great for all the late sleepers).
So what is Super-LumiNova I hear you say? Well it is luminous material developed by the Swiss to create non-radioactive and highly temperature resistant after-glow in watches. Unlike traditional luminous material such as radium and promethium, Super-LumiNova is said to suffer no ageing (meaning it doesn’t lose its glow after a number of years). This is because it works like a light storage battery, absorbing sunlight or artificial light, using this to power glow emitted at night.
This came as quite a strong positive and selling point for the Avenger collection, as many might know that previous luminous watch pigments contained radioactive elements, which we can all agree is slightly unnerving to hear. Although the radiation levels are almost non-existent, having a non-radioactive option brings much more confidence. All Avenger watches come with a three-register dial, a date window at 3 o’clock and Super-LumiNova luminous-coated hands and numerals. The Chronograph variants however, also include subdials at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock. There is also a choice of dial number register, either as simple indices or military-style stencil-type numbers. Depending on the watch, the dials also come in one of three colours – black, blue, yellow or green. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the yellow dial as it does seem a bit too military for me, but I can see where it could appeal to others. For me, the blue dial wins all the time – classy, simple, yet striking.
The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT collection comes in a range or 43-48mm which should be fine for most, although those with smaller wrists may find it a little clunky at first. There is a choice of stainless steel or DLC-coated titanium (only with Night-mission variants) as material, with the latter being more durable. All Avenger references are water resistance up to 30 bar (300 metres) apart from the clearly specialised Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf and Seawolf Night Mission variants, which are water resistant up to 300 bar (3000 metres). Seems a bit of an overkill to me, however this brand is targeted toward aviation/military personnel who may have occasions in which that feature is necessary. All the watches in the Avenger collection also come with convex sapphire crystal glass and double anti-reflective coating, meaning there is minimal surface reflection. A word of warning, those who are regular watch polishers should be careful, as I’ve had experiences whereby polishing the case can remove the anti-reflective coating if it gets on the crystal. As most Breitlings have their AR coatings on the outer casing trying to fix scratch marks can become quite costly, in some cases you may need the crystal replaced.
All Avenger watches also come with a steel screwed back caseback, except for the Night Mission variants which have screwed DLC-coated titanium casebacks. Due to the need for optimum water-resistance, all the Avenger watches come with dual gasket screw lock crowns. It is clear that the features for the casing of the Avenger watches are geared towards activity, especially marine related.
The bezel on the watches are unidirectional and ratcheted. This means that the bezel gets locked in position unless a certain amount of force is applied by hand. This is a very useful safety feature for deep-sea and scuba divers, although I’m not sure how practical it would be in day-to-day life. I could just be over-reacting.
As with any premium watch, after the initial aesthetic pleasure has worn off, the wearability factor kicks in. How does it feel on the wrist? What is the strap like? Is performance up to scratch? (I promise, no more puns). Breitling is often known for its powerful movement and durability and does not seem to disappoint either with the Avenger collection. The watches as standard are COSC-certified and use the Breitling Calibre 13, 17 (Seawolf variant) and 32 (GMT complication) for movement. For those who are unaware of what this indicates, these are related to the movement power of the watches and grading. Breitling mentions that for the highest level of performance, they use the highest grade parts for the entire movement, assembling the calibre carefully rather than having it pre-made. While all of that sounds like great marketing to me, my main focus is having a functioning time piece with a long life and fortunately, the Breitling Avenger watches all come with a power reserve of between 38-42 hours. All 17 and 32 calibre Avenger watches come with a self winding, mechanical, bi-directional winder with ball-bearing. The 13 calibre variants however are unilateral. Personally, I prefer my watch to have a bi-directional winder as the free-movement on unidirectional rotors can make them a little noisy. The anthracite, khaki green or blue leather military strap options add a very open, outdoors feel to the collection. Designed to be more hard-wearing, these are clearly geared towards those who will spend the majority of their time outside and active. The collection has however not forgotten the less active but equally stylish audience by offering those who desire it, the classic stainless-steel strap with folding clasp.
Breitling is no stranger to adversity. Amid a pandemic, Breitling has faced the challenge of maintaining a fixed release schedule and executing a global communication strategy head-on. A successful webcast that may have had a few technical hiccups but still got the message across. Better still, it came at a fraction of the cost for what Breitling would have spent for a Baselworld booth.
Now Breitling is gearing up for Geneva Watch Days. But just before the first major “fair” since COVID broke kicks off in earnest, we have a little teaser for you. That teaser comes in the shape of the Endurance Pro collection of watches. For a long time, the focus of the brand has been on classic styles and heritage capsules. I speak on behalf of the Fratelli when I say it is great to see new additions to the Professional range. At least half of our team members have a Breitling Aerospace or two, which forms the backbone of the SuperQuartz-powered Professional. It was touch and go whether the pilot’s partner watch would ever see any new models.
Some years back, Breitling presented its first attempt to break into the entry-level market with the Colt Skyracer. This was during the final years of the Schneider-era and it kind of showed the design team was running out of ideas. The Skyracer came with the then-new Breitlight case material that was virtually scratch-resistant and super light. At €2,000, it certainly presented a tempting proposition. But cut corners (such as really weak dial printing) really diminished the impact this piece could have had. The expected Swiss quality of a Breitling was lacking. The piece, while cool, did not exude any kind of value. The flat dial and emotionless case shape did not conjure much excitement to entice would-be buyers or long-standing collectors.
The Breitlight case material had plenty of potential, though. The 100% Swiss-made composite hs already enjoyed some success. It was used for the case of the Avenger Hurricane, for both the 24-hour and 12-hour variations. Despite the obvious comparisons to other plastic watches such as G-Shocks and Swatches, anyone who held and caressed the Breitlight finishing can immediately let go of any preconceptions. The lightness was apparent — 5.8 times lighter than steel — but what I took away was the smoothness of the hypoallergenic texture. Even long after my first exposure.
After a reasonable hiatus, the Breitlight case material returns in the form of the Endurance Pro. What we get with the new collection are bright, exuberant color accents, ultra-lightweight cases, and SuperQuartz chronograph complications. Each variation has a color-coordinated Diver Pro rubber straps with non-screw-down molded crown grip, pulsometer rehaut, and a start/stop pusher ring. In white, yellow, red, orange, and blue, the vibrant selection is beach-ready. Let’s pray for an Indian summer and a for travel restrictions to be eased further to make the most of it…
The bold numerals, especially the 3-6-9 indices, fill the blank spaces of the dial while also biting chunks out of the chronograph sub-dials. Occupying the area at 12 o’clock is the winged logo that thankfully is embossed rather than printed as it was on the Colt Skyracer. Adding the date at 4:30 is a sore spot, but, overall, I am pleased with the depth and balance the dial brings along with the compass-scale bidirectional bezel. The Breitling Caliber 82 is sourced from ETA and modified to be thermo-compensated to handle temperature variations and regulate ten times more accurately than standard quartz.
But the real purpose of the Endurance Pro is for sports activities. Coalescing with the Breitling Endurance Pro Strava Challenge, worldwide participants can enroll in their sport of choice to compete to win a watch, bike, or jersey. The challenge is to complete 500 minutes of activity from 26 August 2020. A random group of competitors will be selected to win these prizes. The Endurance Pro is more than up to the task of swimming, cycling, running, or hiking. Mostly thanks to the 100-meter water-resistance and lightweight 44mm case. With a proportionate height of 12.5mm, the size of the case on the wrist is not too demanding either.
I can see the Endurance Pro as an attainable watch for those just entering the hobby who lust for a well-known Swiss brand. Connoisseurs may also view the Endurance Pro as an excellent way to wear a Breitling during rough and tough exertions without fear of scratching the housing or damaging the movement. You can learn more about the new Breitling Endurance Pro here.
Introducing the Breitling Endurance Pro Sky Blue X82310281B1S1
The brand-new 2021 Breitling Endurance Pro sports a bright blue strap. The color is echoed in the pulsometer scale on the outer edge of the dial, as well as on the crown and the start-top pusher at 2:00. The resulting look is fresh and vibrant. The perfect watch for summer 2021!
The 44mm case of the Breitling Endurance Pro is made of Breitlight, a high-tech lightweight yet strong composite material. The bidirectional bezel -engraved with a compass scale- is made of the same material, as is the pin buckle. The Breitling Endurance Pro is powered by caliber B82, a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement with chronograph and date. It is ten times more precise than regular quartz and offers a battery life of approximately three to four years
Breitling’s latest seasonal creation for women is a fresh reincarnation of a classic. What started as a 1950s divers’ watch has evolved into a fashionable timepiece for women ready to jump into summer!
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection is all about color, proportion, and of course substance. Its 38-mm stainless-steel case features a rotating bezel and bold indices. It’s the very essence of summer style.
“This modern-retro tribute to the original SuperOcean is an exciting addition to the Breitling family of ladies’ watches. Of course it’ll look great at work, but its fun-in-the-sun vibe might make you want to spend a weekend at the beach,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern, noting how the highly-coveted original was a nod to the rising popularity of seaside leisure in the 1950s and 1960s. That laid-back vibe is reflected in the sunny dials of today’s Pastel Paradise – enjoying the moment with your hair blowing in the breeze.
The palette for this seasonal women’s Capsule Collection is summer white, aquamarine, mint green, and iced latte – all with tone-on-tone dials, bezels, and straps. But the real show-stopper is the rainbow tangerine version. With hour markers and hands coated in Super-LumiNova, it sings in hues of yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, red, and orange. If you want a custom color combination, you’ll love the quick-exchange system for swapping out the luxe Saffiano calfskin leather straps, which also come in lemon and raspberry sorbet.
At the heart of each watch beats the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 10 with a power reserve of about 42 hours. And even if these timepieces seem too elegant for exploring a coral reef, it’s good to know that they’re water resistant up to 100 meters.
One look at this collection and you might be thinking: “It’s always summer somewhere.” But even the best summers have to end sometime. The Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection will be produced for a limited time during this summer season only. Just something to keep in mind whether you prefer sunrise yoga on the beach or socializing over sundowners.
The colorful Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection is also a perfect fit for a mood board challenge with Breitling’s partner DREST, the world’s first interactive luxury fashion mobile game. This highly immersive game puts players in the role of fashion stylists choosing clothing and accessories from over 200 leading global fashion brands.
The third Breitling–DREST mood board challenge goes live on Monday, June 28, 2021,
at 1:00 p.m. GMT, and will run for three days (72 hours). Join the challenge here.
As with all the other fashion items featured in DREST, there is the option for users to seamlessly shop the Breitling pieces they have played and competed with in the game – creating a fun and interactive modern-day shopping experience.
With the launch of the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Capsule Collection early in 2020, Breitling has been at the forefront of injecting color into its watchmaking, in a season when nearly everyone in the industry seems to be out to create colorful executions. On first sight, a lot of these watches will seem unlikely candidates for more vibrant color palates. The collecting community, however, seems to have been unanimous in their approval of these. And why not, with the world just now, having to deal with the many realities of coming out from a year in isolation, color and cheer are possibly going to be more important for this generation than ever before.
Breitling dived head first into more colors as it introduced the Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection and, what appears to be a first, brought the color mint green onto the dial of a watch. The mint green was then spotted soon after on the Premier B09 Chronograph 40, this time termed as pistachio green. And now with the launch of their latest, the Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection, we see a more subdued version of the mint/pistachio and several new colors on the dials of these watches, befitting of the collection’s name. Before we run through the details on these, first a note on the term “Capsule Collection”.
Breitling started using the term with Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection, earlier in 2021. The idea there being that the collection would be produced for a very limited period. Therein, making the collection limited, not by numbers, but the time in which Breitling would commit itself to producing the collection. The same will now be applied to the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection consists of five executions of the Superocean Heritage ’57 in an 38mm diameter and 9.35mm thick stainless-steel case, with cambered sapphire on the dial-side and caseback. Speaking about the collection, Breitling CEO, Georges Kern says, “This modern-retro tribute to the original SuperOcean is an exciting addition to the Breitling family of ladies’ watches. Of course, it’ll look great at work, but its fun-in-the-sun vibe might make you want to spend a weekend at the beach.” To which it’s important to say that at 38mm, the watch sits at a versatile size enough that in present day’s sizing inclinations, many gents are bound to enquire about the watch. Also, fun colors and all aside, the Breitling still has made it a point to have the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection COSC certified.
Today Breitling has released the new, bigger brother to its popular Chronomat. The new Super Chronomat is the boldest and, perhaps most ambitious, addition to the Swiss brand’s sports chronograph collection. Breitling says that the Breitling Super Chronomat is the “ultimate choice for those who want a timepiece mastering the balance between sturdy and stylish”. Marketing spiel aside, I’m inclined to agree, as my initial impression is that they look incredibly sturdy, and they’re also rather stylish to boot. Of course, I’d expect nothing less from a Breitling — just look at that stunning Four Year Calendar model!
The Frecce Tricolori watch that Breitling created for the hotshots of the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic fleet in 1983 provided the inspiration for the Super Chronomat. The Frecce Tricolori Chronomat was a classy little number in its own right, and Ben bought one when it was first released last year. It marked a waistline reduction from 44mm to 42mm and refreshed 2018’s Chronomat reboot. Breitling has now seen fit to reintroduce the 44m case size, to complement the 42mm.
In keeping with the original Chronomat, Breitling kept the signature riders tabs at the cardinal points on the unidirectional bezel. Thus, they have the added benefit of helping protect the large sapphire crystal from harm. But, of course, with AR coating on the outer surface and the inner, any help protecting the Super Chronomat’s crystal from scratches is more than welcome. Wearers also can switch up the 15 and 45 markers to change the bezel function from count-up to count-down. It’s a subtle touch, and I always say, “it’s nice to have something you don’t use than not having it at all”.
As the name might suggest, the Breitling Chronomat B01 44 is the next size up from its smaller 42mm brother. The 44mm case adds a little extra heft for those who like to physically feel the sturdiness of their watch. There are three primary “flavors” of the B01 44. Two are cased in stainless steel with an option of blue or black dial/bezel combinations. The third is a rich chocolatey-brown dial/bezel combination with a case in 18kt red gold. The bezels all use ceramic inserts – a first on a Chronomat. All models feature contrasting silver chronograph counters powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which provides about 70 hours of power reserve. To top off its go-anywhere-do-anything personality, the Super Chronomat is water-resistant up to 200 meters.
For those wanting something a little unusual, there’s a black dial version of the Super Chronomat with a UTC-module embedded in a Rouleaux bracelet. Referring to Universal Time Coordinated, this provides a way to keep track of an additional time zone and is a quirky Breitling feature dating back to the 1980s. It’ll add a bit more weight to what is already a reasonably chunky watch, but looks alone make it totally worth it.
Breitling offers wearers a choice of two strap options for the Super Chronomat. For the bracelet lovers among us, the classic Rouleaux bracelet, or for a more edgy and sporty look, there is a new Rouleaux-inspired rubber strap available in blue, black, or brown, with a butterfly clasp. I have only seen the images so far, but the strap looks great. On paper, I don’t like the sound of a bracelet-inspired watch strap, but the design team seems to have done a slap-up job.
The Chronomat’s new rubber strap is created with state-of-the-art injection molding techniques. The three distinct textures give it remarkable depth without looking tacky. I wear many of my watches on rubber straps, so I’d love to see this one in the flesh sometime. The blue dial/bezel on the blue rubber is probably my pick of the bunch so far!
Breitling decided it was not content with the B01 44 being the life and soul of the Super Chronomat party. So, it also introduced a complicated annual calendar version, named the Breitling Super Chronomat 44 Four Year Calendar. It may not be the catchiest of names, but it’s straight to the point! The Four Year Calendar has an annual calendar date complication that only needs adjusting once every leap year. That is once every 1461 days.
This nifty little number comes in two versions. Firstly a black dial with tone-on-tone chronograph counters, stainless-steel bezel with a black ceramic bezel insert, and 18tk red gold elements. The other option? A fetching blue dial featuring tone-on-tone chronograph counters and a bezel in 18kt red gold with a blue ceramic insert. The Breitling Caliber 19 powers this timepiece; a COSC-certified chronograph movement with a semi-perpetual calendar with a moonphase indicator.
In all, the Super Chronomat is an excellent addition to the Chronomat stable. Breitling has made a supercharged, all-purpose sports watch that’s elegant enough for the evening as well. Pricing starts from €8,150 (full breakdown below). You can find out more on Breitling’s website.
Remember Travolta? Remember Beckham? Remember the weirdly sexist undertones of a brand that for the longest while couldn’t quite seem to pin down who it was trying to make watches for and how to talk to them? In case you still do, it might finally be time to go ahead and forget this awkward period of now-ancient history in the grand scheme of Breitling‘s meteoric return to relevance. As Breitling CEO Georges Kern continues to put distance between his brand direction and that of his predecessors from the Schneider Era, he’s this time leaning on the brand’s own original founding managers for inspiration to yield a trio of new references: a traditional handwound chronograph, a ‘rattrapante’ or split second chronograph, and a complete calendar chronograph, that together comprise the newly christened Premier Heritage Collection.
The original Breitling Premier replica collection was more or less Kern’s flag in the sand when he assumed a leadership role at the brand back in 2017. Purpose-built around in-house calibres and leveraging original designs with more complex, premium finishing, the Premier was positioned as a more grown-up Breitling and a return to form – a capstone collection of sorts at the top of the brand’s then-newly consolidated offerings. ABTW Managing Editor Bilal Khan called the inaugural Premier “a thoughtful, detail-rich chronograph that exceeded expectations” in his long-term 2019 review right here. This new heritage-inspired spin-off collection appears to continue to adhere to that same formula, albeit with a more classical, mid-century twist that echoes the handsome original Premier watches introduced by Willy Breitling in the 1940s.
Here, we have colorful, beautifully rendered dials (typography nerds will have a lot to appreciate) with applied arabic numerals and a much more traditional approach to chronograph movement execution – perhaps just as Willy Breitling himself would have once wanted it. And yes, that’s indeed a complete calendar in the mix. Indeed, it’s a strikingly intelligent offering and a far cry from the Breitling that many might have once known, but as the brand continues to mature and peel back the many layers of its back catalog, we learn something that Breitling scholars have known all along: before the advent of the jet age, and before sport diving became mainstream, the brand enjoyed a rich period of very elegant, classical chronographs around the middle of the last century that fully embraced watchmaking’s more traditional values.
Regardless of design intent, the modern Breitling watch tends to be more of a sporty expression, so to bring the two value systems of two entirely different eras together, we’ve got slightly upsized cases (40mm for the standard handwound chronograph, and 42mm for the split second & complete calendar variants) and 100 meters of water resistance for each. The latter feature is a particularly interesting development – just how many complete calendar chronographs can you name that have more than a paltry 30 or 50 meters of water resistance? This particular combination of complications is already a relatively rare one (Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, Blancpain, and IWC each have something that comes close), but wrapped up here in a beautiful salmon dial and finished with enough water resistance to make this a proper everyday wearer makes this particular reference one hell of an interesting proposition.
While the automatic calibre B25-powered Breitling Premier Datora 42 complete calendar (refresher: that’s hour, minute, second, day, date, month, and moonphase) might get most of the spotlight this week, the sneaky show-stealer might be the entry-level Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 which pays tribute to the Léon Breitling’s earliest chronographs which pioneered the implementation of a tachymeter scale for measuring speed. A deceptively simple affair clad in a truly gorgeous “Pistachio” green dial, this reference is powered by Breitling’s manufacture B09 handwound chronograph movement, which we’ve seen rolled out in a smattering of offerings thus far, including the 1959 Navitimer re-issue and the AVI ref. 765 re-issue.
The third option in the trio – the Breitling B15 Duograph 42 uses Breitling’s B15 manufacture calibre, which is interesting as it’s essentially the B03 split-second chronograph movement, albeit in handwound form. This enables designers to produce a functionally similar watch in a considerably more wearable 42mm package. Like the other two new options in the collection, you’ll have both stainless steel, and precious red gold options to choose from – each with their own unique dial color and color-matched strap.
Swiss watch giants Breitling are largely associated with their pilots’ watches, chronometers and chronographs for men, however, since Georg Kern assumed the role of CEO in 2017, the Grenchen-based manufacturer has endeavoured to expand its appeal, particularly in their luxury watches for women. Over the past twelve months in particular, Breitling’s focus on their ladies’ collections has not gone unnoticed. From the Navitimer 35 to the Superocean 36 and their more recent Chronomat 32 and 36 Ladies watches, these feminine designs have captured all the right attention and now, Breitling have expanded their women’s line once again, this time with a capsule collection named the replica Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea.
Last year, the iconic Breitling Chronomat was redesigned after a solid four to five years of little to no changes to the collection. Its resurrection took inspiration from the original Chronomat of the 1980’s with interchangeable rider tabs on the bezel, brushed stainless steel cases and the legendary Rouleaux bracelet. We also saw some fantastic improvements including the in-house manufacture B01 automatic winding movement housed at its core. Following on from the new men’s Breitling Chronomat range, the Swiss brand then unveiled an elegant series of Chronomat ladies watches in 32 and 36mm. Dressed in a choice of diamonds, colourful dials and 18 carat rose gold, the collection was well-received by women looking for a watch that was just as elegant as it was adventurous.
Today, the modern-retro aesthetics of the Chronomat are transformed again, this time with new exotic colourways and dazzling coloured gemstones. The Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea collection consists of three models in total, each differing in their dial and strap design. The first reference A10380611A1P1 boasts a pinkish beige lacquered dial inspired by the pastel shades of summer with a matching beige alligator leather strap. The second under reference A10380611C1P1 has a deep blue lacquered dial and strap designed to evoke marine life. The third reference is model A10380611L1P1 which with its stunning mint green lacquered dial and green khaki alligator leather strap takes inspiration from our world’s lush greenery. All dials are detailed with rose gold Superluminova hands and indexes and diamond dot hour markers.“This colourful and exclusive new capsule collection – to be produced for a limited time only – is aimed at more fashion-forward women of action, purpose, and style,” notes Breitling CEO Georges Kern.
Other than their dial and strap colourway, each Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea replica watch follows suit in their case size, case material, movement, and functionality. Measuring to 36mm in diameter and 10.1mm in height, the stainless steel cases promise a 100 metre water resistance with non-screw locked crowns, solid screwed case backs and cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Characteristic of the Breitling Chronomat, the South Sea Ladies models are also kitted out with unidirectional ratcheted bezels that are for the first time adorned with an array of coloured gemstones in red, pink, orange and yellow.On the technical side, the Breitling ladies’ watches are powered by the Breitling Calibre 10 automatic winding movement. Based on the ETA 2892-A2, the movement has been COSC certified to be accurate to 4 to +6 seconds per day and delivers classic central hands for hours, minutes and seconds, a date window at 6 o’clock, a 42 hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Alongside the release of the Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea Ladies watches, for the first time, Breitling have teamed up with DREST, an interactive luxury fashion mobile game. The game puts players in the role of fashion stylists who can choose clothing and accessories from over 200 leading global fashion brands. Now included in this portfolio is Breitling and the new Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule collection which can be played and shopped directly in game.
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Specifications: Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea Ladies Watches (A10380611A1P1, A10380611C1P1, A10380611L1P1)
Last Thursday, we witnessed the very first Breitling Summit 2020 Webcast where the Swiss manufacturer announced a stunning range of Breitling watch releases. For us, the star of the show was the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 collection which features an all new and improved design inspired by one of the brand’s most legendary Chronomat models released in 1984.
For as long as we can remember, the Breitling Chronomat has held a significant place in the brand’s history. It was first released in the 1940’s and was one of the first in the world to boast a slide-rule bezel. Nevertheless, for most watch aficionados, the most notable Chronomat was one released in 1984 during a time when extra-thin quartz watches were the order of the day. In 1983, Breitling released the Frecce Tricolori chronograph, a mechanical timepiece designed in collaboration with the Italian aerial squadron of the same name. Its versatility was evident as its tachymeter scale caught the interest of Formula 1 teams anda its reversable rider tabs made it the perfect watch for regattas. Then for the 100th anniversary of Breitling in 1984, Ernest Schneider decided to create a new icon which he saw in the face of the Chronomat Frecce Tricolori.
Rather than following the herd and designing another quartz watch, Schneider took the courageous path and went against the increasing dominance of thin quartz watches with the release of an all-new Bretiling Chronomat. The 1984 watch became a huge success and was a key influence in bringing mechanical watches on trend again. This time, the name Chronomat expressed something entirely different, with the combination of words “chronograph” and “automatic” making up its name. The new collection of Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watches for 2020 pay tribute to their predecessor with a reinstated vintage Rouleaux bracelet, interchangeable rider tabs on the bezel and the staple Breitling B01 in-house mechanical movement.
Although not an entirely faithful re-edition, the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 has managed to balance the perfect amount of vintage aesthetic with modern improvements. The 42mm stainless steel case looks almost exact to the original with integrated lugs, robust shoulders, and a bevelled rounded crown. The pushers and crown protection have been modernised slightly for better integration and to improve the water resistant rating to 200 metres.The Rouleaux bracelet is one of our favourite additions to the design, fully transforming the piece from just another modern sports watch to a vintage-inspired piece. The rifle-shell style links are bound together by polished inner links that blend seamlessly through the case and lugs. You’d be forgiven for mistaking the bracelet as integrated, but the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is also available on a choice of rubber straps.
Another signature element is the addition of the interchangeable rider tabs on the unidirectional ratcheted bezel. Available in stainless steel, 18 carat gold or two toned with rose gold tabs, the bezel of the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watch showcases interchangeable rider tabs at positions 15 and 45. This means that the wearer can choose whether they want to use the timepiece to count up or count down. The choice of bezel material is also reflected in the case design also available in stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold.
Housed within the case is the indispensable Breitling B01 in-house automatic mechanical movement. The 47 jewelled COSC certified calibre provides classic central hands for hours, minutes and seconds, a date window at 6H and three subsidiary dials for continuous seconds, 12 hour counter and 30 minutes counter. The movement also promises a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 70 hours. The functions are displayed on an array of dial colours including anthracite, blue, copper, black, silver or British Racing Green dials (the latter being a Bentley edition).
The first pieces of the 2020 Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watch collection are expected to be available at the end of April with more pieces coming out late May. For the impatient of us, you can pre-order any of these models in advance on the Jura Watches website. Be one of the first to take delivery of the new Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watches at Jura Watches today with interest free finance and free delivery available.
Specifications: Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Watches