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Baselworld 2010: Breitling Blackbird Blacksteel DLC Chronograph

March 31, 2010

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The Breitling Blackbird Chronograph Limited Edition Blacksteel is one of the my favorite introductions by Breitling this year. It features a stainless steel case that has a high-tech Diamond Like Carbon coating. The bezel is DLC with a matte finish. Everything else, the case, the crown and the pushers are polished DLC. The shiny stealth grey finish almost reminds me of a pearl grey paint job on an Audi. The finish looks really good, and it's extremely scratch resistant.

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The Blackbird is powered a Breitling Caliber 44 chronograph movement, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, like all Breitling timepieces. The movement is selfwinding and operates at 28,000 vibrations per hour, with 38 jewels. It features a 1/4th of a second chronograph, with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers.

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The panorama date window at 12 o'clock is a nice touch. The styling reminds me of the Lange Datograph outsize date display.

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The 43.70 mm case is steel, with an ultra hard DLC treatment, which is highly corrosion and scratch resistant. The crown is screw-locked. The bezel is bidirectional rotating and ratcheted. The glass is a cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Water-resistance is 300 meters.

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The dial is in trophy black with red and white contrasting markers and hands. The bezel has a matte grey finish, which contrasts nicely with the shiny grey case, pushers and crown. The caseback is solid and in polished steel, engraved with the limited edition number.

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The Breitling Blackbird Chronograph LE comes with a few different strap options. It is available on Diver Pro II or Ocean Racer rubber strap with the Blacksteel pushbutton folding clasp for $7,435, or on a Diver Pro II rubber strap with a carbon treated tang-type buckle for $6,785.

Limited to 2000 pieces worldwide.

Source: Breitling

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