Apart from the previously announced smaller version of Chronomat GMT and a similar watch that came as the fruit of collaboration with Bentley, Breitling has prepared a host of new models for the year 2012. Additional novelties include two more limited editions of Chronomats, three exciting new Transocean Chronographs (with the special mention of Transocean Chrono Unitime Watch with B 05 movement) and two fascinating timepieces from the Superocean series. The impressive list of models for this year is concluded with the series-produced version of Montbrillant 01. The first product in this line equipped with the Breitling’s first proprietary B 01 caliber, was unveiled in the limited edition at the last edition of Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show.
Let us start the presentation of new models by the Swiss watchmaker with two products from the Chronomat line that are launched in the limited editions of 2,000 pieces. The first is Chronomat GMT Limited Edition timepiece that features almost the same characteristics as the new smaller Chronomat GMT with the diameter of 44 mm. It is supplied with the in-house developed and constructed Breitling’s B 04 Caliber, and with a bi-directional rotating bezel that allows the wearer to see the time in the third time zone. This timepiece also includes an appealing combination of different finishes executed on stainless steel, which was utilized to manufacture its case and bracelet. The eye-catching effect is achieved with satin finishes on the top of the bezel, the central part of the case and the entire bracelet. These sections stand in contrast with the rest of the watch which is decorated with a polished finish. Chronomat GMT Limited Edition Watch’s self-winding high-frequency movement can be seen through its transparent case back made of sapphire.
Another limited edition of a stainless steel timepiece from the Chronomat series is Blackbird watch, named after its distinctive blackbird dial which Breitling previously used for other models. The dark dial is made with a nice large date display that consists of two conjoined apertures. Breitling Chronomat Blackbird includes some features that are specially designed to aid the pilots. The first of them is the inclusion of a compass rotational bezel that has degrees bearings etched on it. Besides, it is also possible to acquire this limited edition with an additional feature that Breitling calls Co-Pilot electronic auxiliary module. The module that was launched some six years ago and included in some of the earlier watches made by Breitling, is basically a chronograph feature set in the top part of the bracelet, right below the case, which allows the tracking of take-off and landing times.
Exceptional Traveler’s Watches from the Transocean Series
This year’s collection of products by the Swiss timepiece manufacturer will be enriched with three beautiful new models from the Transocean series. The first in the line-up of the new Transoceans is Chronograph 1461 with a full calendar that indicates a date, a day of a week, a month and a leap year indications. The “1461” part of its name comes from the fact that its calendar requires one adjustment every four years (or 1461 days). The calendar indications are neatly incorporated in subsidiary chrono dials and the overall appearance of the dial (which is available in black or silver) looks immaculate and distinguished. The watch runs on Breitling 19 self-winding mechanical movement and can be paired with two types of leather straps (Barenia or crocodile), or with a mash steel bracelet.
The next Transocean is also characterized with exceptional design and even better features. The watch in question is Transocean Chronograph QP supplied with an intricate perpetual calendar that includes indications for a date, a day of a week, months, but also for the current season, a leap-year cycle (it will adjust automatically and include an extra day for leap years) and lunar phases. It is possible due to the inclusion of Breitling 29 caliber (base movement ETA 2892-A2). There are two versions with different dial colors of this lovely looking watch, each fitted in an 18K red gold case with the diameter of 43 mm. Both options with black or silver dial are paired with leather straps and limited to just 25 pieces.
The final novelty in the Transocean collection, Breitling Transocean Unitime Watch, is undoubtedly the most exciting of these traveler’s timepieces. Its most visible traits are a portrayal of the globe on its dial, the inclusion of a universal time feature (that enables the wearer to see current time in 24 time zones), and the last, but certainly not the least is Breitling developed and constructed in-house Caliber 05 automatic mechanical movement. Thanks to the unitime function, it is possible to move effortlessly through time zones with a twist of its crown. The crown can be moved in both directions, which triggers the automatic correction of the hour hand, but also of the city and 24-hours disks, as well as its date indication. To make this watch more approachable to more potential customers, Breitling made the city disk available in various languages.
Breitling Transocean Unitime Timepiece includes 1/4th of a second chronograph. The watch has a quite substantial circular housing with the diameter of 46 mm. There are a few versions and its future owners can choose among 18K red gold and stainless steel cases, black or silver dials. The choice of bracelets includes two kinds of leather straps and a mash steel bracelet.
A New Smaller Version of Superocean Heritage and Unparalleled Diving Chronograph
After the new models in the Transocean collection, let us share more details about the newcomers from the Superocean series. Similarly like the GMT model we previously announced, the new Superocean Héritage Chronographe 44 features a bit smaller dial with the new design. The slightly narrower diameter will appeal to people who are not too thrilled about the present trend of timepieces with larger dials. Its rearranged dial includes chrono sub dials that are placed at the three and nine o’clock positions. The beating heart of this model is Breitling B 23 caliber (base movement ETA Valjoux 7753). Its potential buyers can pick among various dial colors and types of bracelets.
Unlike the other slightly tweaked model from the series, the second newcomer from the Superocean line has amazing traits. It is the amazing Superocean Chronograph M2000. Although there are timepieces that can function even at the pressures of 4 km below the surface (like the Hublot King Power Diver Watch unveiled at last Baselworld), this model is a champion of deep waters of its kind, because it is the first chronograph that is totally functional even in the depths up to 2000 m. It is possible because of its patented magnetic pushpiece system which is added to its Bretling 73 SurerQuartz thermo-compensated caliber. To assure uninterrupted work at these abysmal depths, Breitling made this model with a 4 mm thick sapphire crystal. The watch, set in a stainless steel round housing that is 46 mm wide, has a black dial which is made with sub-dials that can be outlined with red, blue, black or green color. It is possible to pair this timepiece with two different types of rubber bands and leather straps, as well as with the professional stainless steel bracelet.
The list of novelties in the Breitling’s collection is concluded with Montbrillant 01 model. Initially launched in the limited edition for the previous edition of the largest event in the world of watchmaking, this watch now goes into serial production. Its most significant characteristic is certainly the inclusion of Breitling B 01 high-frequency automatic mechanical movement, the first in-house caliber made by the Swiss firm. Unlike the limited editions that had transparent case backs, the series-produced Montbrillant 01 has a portrayal of the company’s historic Montbrillant building.