Breitling watches are engaged in a constant quest for innovation which not only makes them very contemporary but ahead of times too. Hiren Kumar Bose selects five popular models of the brand
CHRONOMAT B01 CHRONOGRAPH 44
While the Chronomat has long been established as the watch of choice for aviators, it has found a passionate following among people whose adventures take place not only in the air but also on land and at sea – above and below the surface Breitling has launched a stunning interpretation of the Chronomat, featuring a satin-brushed case presented on a stainless-steel Pilot bracelet and equipped with the extraordinary Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01. With a screwed stainless-steel case back and a ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel, the Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 satin-brushed case lends this timepiece a subtle contemporary flair that makes it the perfect partner for a night on the town. Created in two versions, one with a Blackeye blue dial and the other with a Blackeye gray dial its hands and the distinctive hour markers are coated with Super-LumiNova®, making them easy to read in all lighting conditions. Both versions boast contrasting small second, 30-minute, and 12-hour chronograph subdials, an indication of the Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 movement inside. The dial with a date window ideally positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock is clearly legible through a convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. With its dual-acting ball-bearing rotor, the Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 has a power reserve in excess of 70 hours. The 44mm watch water-resistant to 50 bar (500 m) and has a COSC-certified chronometer.
EXOSPACE B55 YACHTING
The 46 mm watch is a connected chronograph reimagined for yachting professionals and regatta competitors. The thermo-compensated quartz electronic movement powers a chronograph with analogue as well as 12- and 24-hour digital displays, all clearly visible through a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The chronograph has an ingenious countdown system, featuring audio, visual, and vibrating alarms and indications. If a judge stops a countdown, it is easy to resync the watch to the new countdown when it resumes. The watch stores split times, which can be read instantaneously on the watch’s digital screen or, when the Exospace is synchronized to a smartphone, on the phone’s display. The notched bidirectional rotating bezel can be adjusted to make it easier to perform critical calculations regarding wind direction, sailing angle, and the optimal position on the starting line of a regatta. Its highlights include a chronograph that calculates up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds with an outstanding degree of accuracy – to just 10 mm seconds. It can also be used to track lap and split times. This makes the regatta chronograph ideal not only for countdowns, but also for recording, replaying, deleting, and recovering all time-related information collected during a regatta. The defining feature of the Exospace B55 Yachting is that it can be paired with a smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. A dedicated app supports data transfer and allows settings to be configured remotely. This two-way communication enables device and timepiece to form a perfectly complementary pair in which each is used for what it does best. Since the main assets of a smartphone are its screen and ergonomic interface, Exospace B55 Yachting wearers can use their phones to perform a range of adjustments including time-setting, time zones, alarms, display preferences, and operating parameters. Conversely, the user can upload various measurements from the chronograph to their smartphone, allowing them to be read more easily, stored, or forwarded. The Exospace B55 Yachting also receives notifications from the smartphone regarding incoming e-mails, messages, phone calls, and reminders of upcoming appointments. Powered by a rechargeable battery system, the Breitling Manufacture Calibre B55, a SuperQuartz™ movement, is ten times more accurate than standard quartz and is a COSC- certified chronometer.
NAVITIMER 1 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 43
The most iconic of all Breitling wristwatches, this twentieth-century classic remains popular in the present century too, more than 65 years after it was first launched. Thanks to a circular slide rule that was able to perform a range of calculations relevant to aviation, the Navitimer was adopted by pilots and especially favoured by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Instantly recognizable, this time¬less chronograph looks as stylish today as it did when it was first designed.
NAVITIMER SUPER 8 CHRONOGRAPH
Known for its accurate chronographs and its close affiliation with aviation, the brand ’s newest pilot watch, the Navitimer Super 8 in a 43mm case is powered by Breitling’s own manufacture Calibre 01. This column-wheel chronograph with vertical coupling and a power reserve of more than 70 hours’ duration has earned a COSC certificate and ticks behind a pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the stainless steel or red gold case.
SUPEROCEAN HÉRITAGE II B20 AUTOMATIC 44
The 44mm watch is a three-hand version powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B20. There are two subtle stain¬less-steel designs: one with a black dial and a black Aero Ocean Classic rubber strap, the other with a blue dial and an Ocean Classic stainless-steel bracelet. The stunning stainless-steel version has a black dial and a black Aero Classic Rubber strap. This exclusive inter¬pretation is also available in a 42 mm version. Like others of the Superocean Héritage II B20 family, this too has a date window at 6 o’clock. The Calibre B20 powering the COSC-certified this watch is a robust automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve. Based on the Tudor Caliber MT5612, it features exclu¬sive finishing and reflects the cooperation between two great brands that are now pooling their expertise in the development and production of selected me¬chanical movements. The sturdy stainless-steel case with its screw-locked crown is water-resistant to 200 m. Its fluted unidirectional rotating bezel, with a lumines¬cent dot at 12 o’clock, is fitted with a 120-tooth system enabling extremely accurate adjustment and very smooth rotation – ideal for checking a dive time or marking off any other time measurement.