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Breitling Chronoworks Performance Labs

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Chronoworks Performance Labs refers to the advanced research and development department at Breitling’s headquarters in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Simply put, the team develops and tests new technologies that can be utilized to enhance series-production watches. The Superocean Heritage Chronoworks is the first timepiece to utilize the chronometric enhancements developed by Chronoworks. These enhancements represent five key areas that start with the existing caliber B01 – Breitling’s first in-house mechanical movement – and result in a reworked caliber that outperforms the existing movement in many ways. Breitling caliber B01 Chronoworks Silicon wheels A watch movement is at halt 95% of the time, and each time it restarts there is a loss of energy. To offset this, the movement’s center wheel, third wheel, and fourth wheel have been manufactured with silicon which reduces weight by about half – making the restarting, and

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Breitling for Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon

This is the new Breitling Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon, a watch that is technically distinguished technically by its B06 manufacture chronograph inside, and visually by its aggressive oversized 49 mm diameter all black steel case, and an unusual dark blue mother-of-pearl dial. Underneath the dial is a COSC-certified chronometer movement, as seen in all Breitling watches, however, this is, of course, an in-house manufactured caliber. Most worth noting is the unique “30-second chronograph” configuration that was inspired by a Breitling patent dating back to 1926. It is distinguished by a central chrono hand (red tipped and with a Breitling emblem counterweight), that fully sweeps the dial in 30 seconds, as opposed the typical 60 seconds sweep, thus providing 1/8th of second elapsed time accuracy (as opposed to the more common 1/4th of a second accuracy with many 60-second chronograph indications).

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Extract: Breitling Pult 'Bullhead' from 1974

The is a reference 7101 Breitling Pult Chronograph from 1974, powered by a Valjoux caliber 7740. There is another Breitling Pult, reference 2117, that is powered by caliber 11, and notably has the crown located at 6 o’clock. Whereas the watch (shown), reference 7101, has a Valjoux 7740 powering it, and the crown is located at 12 o’clock. A 42 mm diameter asymmetrical stainless steel case, as well as six different colors (orange, turquoise, red, gray, white, blue) on the dial, give this “bullhead” watch an unmistakable look. Plexiglass crystal. Solid caseback. The case has a brushed finish with polished pushers and crown. Crown is signed with Breitling emblem. The watch features a rotating bezel, a pulsation scale and tachymeter on the inner chapter ring. There is also a chocolate-colored version that was produced in the 1970s.

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Baselworld 2016: Breitling Avenger Bandit

Baselworld 2016 is fast approaching, and today, we have a quick preview of the Breitling Avenger Bandit which will launch at the show. The Avenger Bandit is presented in a 45 mm satin-brushed finish titanium case with a uni-directional bezel that has engraved stencil-type numerals and four rider tabs that help to remember times. A grey “stealth” look is seen throughout. The dial is grey with raised grey luminescent hour numerals, except at 12, 3, 6 and 9 – which are marked by indices. The military strap is also grey, with a rubber backing and textile front, and a titanium buckle to secure it to the wrist. The titanium caseback is adorned with a conversion scale for the main units. The dial is protected by a cambered sapphire crystal. Both the chronograph pushers and the locking crown are made to

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Bentley Bentayga SUV with optional tourbillon dash clock

Jason Pitsch

This past week Bentley simultaneously debuted their new SUV – the Bentayga – at the Frankfurt Motor Show and on the streets of New York City. The US launch took place in Midtown on 57th Street in front of the flagship boutique of long-term partner Breitling. The Bentayga is currently the most expensive production SUV on the market, with a starting price of $229,100. And the most powerful, with a W12 engine that produces 600hp and 664 lb.ft of torque @1250-4500 rpm. And the fastest with a top speed of 187 mph and 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds. But wait, there’s more. In addition to coming with Breitling dashboard clock as standard, there is also an optional Breitling Mulliner Tourbillon dashboard clock that CNBC says is expected to cost $234,000 – making it the most expensive dash clock ever. It

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Introducing the Aerospace Evo Night Mission

Breitling recently introduced the Aerospace Evo Night Mission timepiece, presented in a new black satin-brushed titanium case. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the analog-digital thermo-compensated Superquartz multi-function timepiece there will be a special 300 piece version with a yellow dial. The Aerospace Evo Night Mission timepiece is powered by caliber 79 and features an array of useful functions: 1/100th of a second chronograph, countdown timer, 2nd timezone, alarm, audible indication of the time (minute repeater) and calendar. Notably, the backlighting display is NVG-compatabile (night vision goggle), so it can be used on night missions.

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Pre-Baselworld 2015: Breitling B55 Connected

Breitling just released a preview of their first smart watch which will launch next week at Baselworld. Last year Breitling announced the B50, which at the time was their most cutting-edge electronic multifunction SuperQuartzTM chronograph movement with analog and digital displays made for pilots. The new B55 is essentially a more advanced, connected version of that timepiece. According to Breitling, “Since the main assets of a smartphone are its screen and its ergonomic interface, owners of the B55 Connected can use their phone to perform certain adjustments (time-setting, time zones, alarms, display and operating parameters, night mode, etc.). The result is a considerable gain in comfort and efficiency. At the same time, the user may also upload the results of various measurements (flight times, etc.) from the chronograph to the smartphone so as to be able to read them more

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Breitling introduces new Chronoliner aviation watch

Today, Breitling announced a new chronograph with a second time zone display, made for pilots. The Chronoliner features a base Swiss movement that has a chronograph and a 24-hour second time zone display. The movement is housed in a large 46 mm diameter steel case with a black ceramic bi-directional rotating bezel. The chronograph can count with 1/4th second accuracy and has 30-minute and 12-hour counters. The 2nd time zone is indicated by an additional center hand that is distinguished by a red tip. (Editor’s note: You can also track a 3rd time zone by using the 24-hour bezel.) The sapphire crystal is convex and glare proofed on both sides. Water-resistance is 100 meters and in comes on either a steel mesh (shown) or a Navitimer bracelet.

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Breitling announces new monopusher manufacture movement

Yesterday, Breitling announced a new monopusher chronograph, called the Transocean 1915, which pays homage to the brand’s history as one of the first companies to offer a wrist chronograph. “The founder’s son, Gaston Breitling, came up with the ingenious idea of ensuring a clearer separation of functions by creating a pushpiece independent of the crown to control the three chronograph operations. Keen to ensure smooth, ergonomic handling, he chose to place the pushpiece at 2 o’clock, where the thumb or forefinger naturally rests, whether the watch is on the wrist or held in the palm of the hand,” according to Breitling. To produce a chronograph that operates from a single pushpiece Breiling developed a new hand-wound manufacture movement, the Breitling caliber B14. It is ingeniously equipped with a two-tiered double column-wheel system that allows it to control start/stop and reset

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Breitling Chronospace Military

Breitling recently announced a new military-inspired black-steel, analog-digital timepiece called the Chronospace Military. It has a unique display which features a dual digital readout and traditional analog hour, minute and second hands, along with traditional applied hour indexes. Beige colored luminous treatment on the hands and hour markers ensure the analog readout is visible regardless of the lighting conditions. The dual digital LCD backlit displays feature an array of useful functions, accessible by pushing the crown, or chronograph pushers, including: 12/24 times, alarm, countdown timer max, 2nd timezone with independant alarm, calendar digital (with perpetual correction), UTC universal time and 1/100th of a second chronograph (with split times). The Chronospace Miliary is powered by Breitling’s proprietary caliber 78, which is an ultra-accurate COSC chronometer-certified thermocompensated SuperQuartz™ movement. The case measures 46 mm by 15.60 mm, and is in a matt

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