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In The Metal: Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

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Breitling made a lot of news this year at Baselworld when it was simultaneously announced that they used Tudor’s movement inside their Super Ocean Heritage II dive watch and that conversely, Tudor used their in-house chronograph caliber inside the new Black Bay Chronograph. Another interesting debut at Breitling, also relating to manufacture watch movements, was the new Navitimer Rattrapante, powered by Breitling’s new caliber B03 split-second chronograph. Breitling has a strong background in the field of chronographs, such as being accredited with the invention of the first independent pushpiece at 2 o’clock (1915), the second independent pushpiece (1934), and they were also part of the team that developed one of the earliest automatic chronographs in (1969). This split-seconds chronograph has two special (patented) innovations worth highlighting. The first is a system that isolates the movement by disconnecting the split-seconds hand

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The Colt Skyracer in "Breitlight" Hands-On

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Breitling introduced their ultra-light proprietary Breitlight® case at Baselworld 2016 in the Avenger Hurricane. The case material is a high-tech polymer alloy that has an appearance similar to forged carbon and that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel. Not to mention, it is said to have an exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion. Plus, it’s non-magnetic and non-allergenic. While the first watch introduced in Breitlight® was an automatic, the second model that was introduced at Baselworld 2017, the Colt Skyracer, is powered by a quartz. And while a mechanical is has more of an emotional appeal, if you are going to do wear a watch with a battery, one of the best quartz movements you could have is Breitling’s thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ (Breitling caliber 74), which is ten times more accurate than a standard

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Breitling Superocean 44 Special

After launching the retro styled Superocean Heritage II dive watch at Baselworld earlier this year, this week Breitling debuted a modern dive watch – the Superocean 44 Special. Presented in a 44 mm x 14.20 mm case, that weighs 116.7 grams, and is crafted from steel, the contemporary diver’s watch is topped with a unique matte ceramic bezel, and features a matching matte dial, in either black or blue. In addition to the modern styling, the Superocean 44 Special is also equipped with a twin-gasket screw-locked crown and a security valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the case. This is an ISO 6425 dive watch with a unidirectional dive bezel, excellent legibility even in the dark, and water-resistance to 1000 meters. The watch houses an automatic COSC-certified chronometer movement, but instead of an in-house movement, like

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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Hands-On

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For the 60th anniversary of the Superocean dive watch collection, Swiss watchmaker Breitling debuted a model refresh at Baselworld 2017. Originally produced in 1957 the Superocean Héritage II Diver is an evolution of the most recent collection, that takes design cues from 1950s model, and which most notably, is now powered by a new movement sourced from none other than Rolex owned competitor Tudor. Referred to as manufacture caliber B20, the new automatic movement is derived from Tudor’s caliber MT5612. Running at 4Hz, the COSC-certified, 28 jewel movement has a 70-hour power reserve and has been finished to Breitling’s standards so it is slightly different inside. Although, there is a solid caseback preventing a view into the mechanical workings. Nevertheless, (Tudor + Breitling) is an interesting partnership that is beneficial to the customer, considering the version I of the Superocean

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Breitling blue boutique editions

This week, Breitling announced two 100-piece limited editions that are available exclusively at the company’s boutiques worldwide – which includes New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and Orlando. Highlighted by its blue color scheme (blue bezel, dial, strap) the Breitling Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition, is housed in a 46 mm diameter case and powered by in-house caliber B04 which features a dual time zone function. The Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition, which is presented in a 44 mm diameter case, is also accented with a blue dial and strap and features a specially engraved caseback numbered 1 to 100 and with a “Special Delivery” pin-up girl motif. Retail pricing on the Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition is $9,150. The Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition is $9,090. Learn more at Breitling.

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Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

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Breitling has been in the news a lot lately, with rumors of a potential sale of the company swirling around before and during Baselworld, and then subsequently culminating with the announcement late last month that the majority shares of the family owned company were acquired by Europe’s largest private equity firm. While it is unclear what product changes, if any, will take place at Breitling, at least for the short-term future, large watches are there to stay. Bringing us to the Avenger Hurricane Military, which was debuted at Baselworld and features a 50 mm x 16.95 mm case, that despite its massive dimensions, weighs just 68.90 grams without the strap. This is because the case is crafted from the company’s proprietary ultra-light Breitlight® material for the case, which is a lightweight polymer (plastic composite) that has the look of forged

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Breitling majority stake acquired by private equity firm

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Today, following widespread speculation that Breitling SA was for sale, beginning in November of last year, we now know the rumors were true and an agreement to sell an 80% majority stake in Breitling – to CVC, one of the world’s leading private equity firms – has been made. CVC Capital Partners specializes in this type of acquisition, although a cursory check of their current portfolio shows that they have no current investments that compare to this one, as the watch industry is a very particular, and is facing a very tough business climate right now. Nevertheless, Theodore Schneider, the current majority owner of Breitling will reportedly still maintain a 20% share of the company, so at least there will be some continuity. “I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level,” said Théodore

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Breitling Navitimer Heritage Special Edition

In October 2016, Breitling announced a special edition of their most famous model – the Navitimer – which first came out in 1952. Over the years there have been numerous re-editions, including here and here, however, for 2016, they came out with a slightly smaller 42 mm diameter model with a bit more vintage flair. The Navitimer Heritage “Edition Speciale” has a noticeably different subdial configuration (12, 6, 9 instead of 3, 6, 9 o’clock) and that is due to the fact that the ETA based Breitling caliber 13 powers this watch whereas the in-house Breitling caliber 01 powers some of the most recent Navitimers. The Navitimer Heritage is available in a black or blue dial with a matching rubber strap with an aircraft tire tread motif. It is also available on a steel bracelet or leather strap. The matte

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Breitling launches second watch with proprietary Breitlight case

First introduced last year at Baselworld 2016, with the Avenger Hurricane, this week Breitling announced its second watch collection to utilize the company’s high-tech proprietary polymer case material “Breitlight.” Breitlight® is registered trademark of Breitling which the manufacture claims is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, yet significantly harder. The company also says it has “exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; anti-magnetic, anti-allergenic properties; as well as a warmer ‘touch’ than metal and a slightly mottled effect accentuating its originality.” The case looks similar to a forged carbon fiber, which was pioneered by Audemars Piguet, however, likely due to its brittle natural the company eventually moved to ceramic which is far less susceptible to damage, as you can see with their diver from 2013 and the latest Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in ceramic from

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Breitling Chronospace Evo Night Mission

Following the Aerospace Evo Night Vision that was introduced last year, and which has a digital-analog display powered by a Superquartz movement, Breitling has announced the Chronospace Evo Night Mission which has a fully analog display powered by a Superquartz movement. As this is the Evo Night Mission collection, the case is crafted in titanium that features a matte black satin-brushed finish, and an engraved bezel with raised markers (rider tabs) – for improved grip when operating the unidirectional bezel – at zero, 15, 30, and 45. The case of the Chronospace Evo is 43 mm in diameter, in comparison to the larger 46 mm diameter of the Aerospace. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters and features screw-down crown. The rugged professional watch is powered by a caliber 73 Superquartz movement, that Breitling claims is ten times more accurate

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