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Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44

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This year, along with redesigns for numerous models, Breitling introduced two new versions of the Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44. Apart from the pushers, crown, and tabs on the bezel, everything is completely satin-brushed, for a more understated look. And there are two new dial color combinations: blackeye blue and blackeye gray. The case measures 44 mm x 16.95 mm, feature a ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel, a screwed caseback, and screw-down crown. The water-resistance rating is an impressive 500 meters. Inside is the automatic Breitling B01 caliber which beats at 4Hz, measures 30 mm x 7.2 mm, has 346 components, 47 jewels, a 70-hour power reserve, and is a COSC-certified chronometer. There is a not a whole lot new here, but I personally like the black on blue dial, and the satin-brushed matte finish is a nice change, for a company

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Breitling adds to the Superocean Heritage II collection

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Breitling launched the redesigned Superocean Heritage II collection last year on the 60th anniversary of the original dive watch from 1957. For 2018 the line has been extended with three new 44 mm caliber B01 in-house powered chronographs (black/white, white/black, blue/white), two new 44 mm Tudor designed caliber B20 powered three-hand models (black and red gold, blue), and one new 42 mm B20 equipped three-hander in steel with a black dial and red gold bezel with black insert. There were also three new 44 mm ETA powered Superocean chronographs released this year. According to Breitling, “The unusual shape of the hands (triangular for the hours and lozenge-like for the minutes), along with the slightly cone-shaped hour markers, reinforces the ties today’s design has with its 1957 ancestor while ensuring optimal legibility, enhanced by luminescent markers.” The new steel and gold

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Baselworld 2018: Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38

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This is the new Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 designed with the 1950s in mind, when Breitling introduced the Reference 66, a three-hand Navitimer. For those looking for a clean dial, with no chronograph counters, yet who also want the signature Navitimer aesthetic. At 38 mm it surely meets the demands from purists in terms of size, and it can work for men who wear small watches or for women who prefer large watches. Featuring a ratcheted bidirectional bezel, and an aviation slide rule, the look is familiar, although one of the most prominent design elements of this all-new model is the retro-style beaded bezel edge. The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 is powered by a caliber 17 automatic movement with 40-hours of power reserve and features a screwed caseback. Available in three variations: blue, black, or silver (cream) dial, the latter

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Introducing the Breitling Navitimer Super 8

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In the 1930s and 1940s Breitling produced the Reference 637 stopwatch, which bomber pilots and crews wore strapped to their thighs during the Second World War. Distinguished by a crown at 12 o’clock and pusher on the upper left side of the case, the 637 was made to be operated with gloves on. The pusher was used to activate count-up and count-down functions that were critical to mission timing. This was a professional watch, in the purest sense. Today, on the eve of Baselworld 2018, Breitling debuts the Navitimer Super 8, inspired by the historic Reference 637. According to Breitling, “The Reference 637 was created by Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department, which was established in 1938 by Willy Breitling. He was aware of the strict requirements for military and civil aviation, and the Department’s name – the French word for “eight”

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Breitling Navitimer 8 Launch

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Last night, at the Duggal Greenhouse, located in the Brooklyn Naval Yard, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Breitling officially unveiled their new Navitimer 8 watch collection to the US market. This launch also served as a de facto introduction of longtime IWC CEO, Georges Kern, to Breitling. Kern took over as the head of Breitling in July 2017, and the Navitimer 8, which so far has received mixed reviews from press and consumers alike, largely due to its departure from the design language Breitling has been known for in recent years, is the first totally new product since his arrival in Grenchen, Switzerland (Breitling’s headquarters). That said, Kern surely knows how to throw a party and make a grand entrance. During the event, which I would estimate had close to 200 guests, Olivia Munn (pictured) and astronauts Scott

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Breitling Navitimer 01 Matte Black Special Edition

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This is a special all matte black limited edition of the Breitling Navitimer 01 46 mm that is available at Hamilton Jewelers and a few other select U.S. watch retailers. The 46 mm x 14.50 mm stainless steel case has a completely matte black finish. Everything from the dial to the bezel to the case and caseback is all matte black. Inside, is Breitling’s 47 jewel COSC-certified in-house caliber B01 automatic movement which beats 4Hz and has a 70-hour power reserve. The chronograph has 1/4th of a second accuracy that, indicated via the red central second chronograph hand and the innermost chapter ring. The outer two rings are for the slide rule calculations. On the dial, there are triple subdials, two for the chronograph (30-minutes and 12-hours), and one for the running seconds. The date is indicated at a 45-degree

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Breitling Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition

The Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition chronograph is a 100-piece limited edition powered by automatic manufacture caliber B01 – which beats at 4Hz, has 47 jewels, and a 70-hour power reserve – for the first time. A black dial with white counters and “Edition limitée” printed in red, as well as red 5-minute alternating subdivisions in the 30-minute chronograph counter, distinguish this special edition. The dial features large baton-shaped hour markers and hands, along with a red-tipped diamond-shaped chronograph seconds hand all feature a luminescent treatment. The bezel is unidirectional and features a unique 0-60 scale engraved directly in the monoblock steel ring which alludes to the aggressiveness of the imposing 48 mm stainless steel case. Screw-down pushpieces, a screw-down crown, and a screwed-in caseback work together with the gaskets for 300 meters water-resistance. Each limited edition caseback is engraved

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Breitling Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition

In conjunction with the launch of the all-new Bentley Continental GT at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Swiss partner Breitling debuted the Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition watch that is limited to 500 pieces. The most distinctive feature is the dial which has a unique blue “Dark Sapphire” tint and a diamond pattern that match the interior of the new Continental GT. Interestingly, the caliber B06 powering the chronograph has a 30-second chronograph feature that is indicated by the blue-tipped central chronograph hand and a blue printed chapter ring the reads 0-30. In addition to the 30-second counter, the 4Hz movement automatic has 15-minute and 6-hour counters, as well as a date function. A 48 mm ultra-light case made of Breitlight® and Bently GT dark blue rubber strap complete the look. Learn more at Breitling.

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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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