Breitling’s newcomer dubbed Galactic Unitime SleekT is a timekeeper which represents a whole new chapter in the brand’s development and yet, at the same time it preserves the company’s distinctive DNA and spirit. It is a doubly innovative piece, both in its features and appearance. As for the looks, it premiers a whole new type of proprietary movement which is made without the expected and usual chronograph. Its appearance is different from other existing models in the brand’s offer since it uses a new type of bezel which is made of tungsten carbide. This allows it to look a bit different and more importantly to be more tough and resilient. New Galactic Unitime model with a world time feature is available in stainless steel and with two types of dials.
Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT marks an important milestone in Breitling’s development. So far, the name of the Grenchen based watch manufacturer has been associated with automatic chronographs and Bretiling has been famous for its capacity to produce a large amount of its own timepieces of this type. In order to be able to create its own watches of this kind, Breitling had previously developed its in-house B 01 movement. This first proprietary movement has been subsequently conjoined with additional modules that gave birth to other movements which all had the same base. The only difference was the addition of some additional features.
With this new model from the Galactic line of products, it becomes clear that the manufacturer from Grenchen wanted to diversify its offer and to start producing additional types of watches, apart from automatic chronographs that were its main focus. Unlike any of those watches, new Unitime SleekT comes supplied with B 35 caliber. It is rather confusing that Breitling previously had another caliber with the same designation which was entirely different in its nature. Unlike the old B35 caliber which was a flyback chronograph with ETA base movement, the new one is a manufacture movement.
In accordance with the company’s recognizable tradition, the novel B35 caliber is also mechanical and self-winding. However, it does not include a chronograph. As for its main features, one should emphasize its world time feature. The movement allows the wearer to switch between different time zones and to “jump” in one hour increments. It is possible to move time zones in both directions. As the wearer switches the time zone, the date display is automatically set into the right position, if necessary. Maybe it sounds fairly simple, but this sort of functions set was not easy to create. As a matter a fact, Breitling needed as much as four different patents to create such a thing. Two of the innovations are connected to the used differential system and its connection to the city disk of the movement. Two other patents that are featured in new B35 caliber are used for its winding and time-setting systems.
When other important traits of the first manufacture Breitling movement that does not include a stop watch feature, we should note that it integrates 41 jewels and has a minimal power reserve of 70 hours. As it is customary for the brand’s models, it operates at the high-beat frequency of 28,800 vph. Another universal Breitling trait that can be seen in all of its calibers and this one as well is its COSC chronograph certification that guarantees high standards of functioning.
As it has been mentioned, the latest timepiece from the Galactic collection is not only different for its technical traits, but also for its appearance. This was mainly done with the introduction of a whole new type of bezel. The used fixed bezel features a lovely smooth appearance which was possible since it was made in tungsten-carbide which is responsible for its peculiar SmoothT part of the name. This is a high-tech composite material. In order to create it, it is needed to use tungsten powder which is then molded with the help of extreme temperatures and pressures. Once the process is completed, one gets a material with awesome properties. Tungsten carbide is very resilient. It is estimated that it is as much as four times harder than the previously used stainless steel. In addition, it looks absolutely stunning.
Apart from the smoothness of the bezel, the watch features some other appealing aesthetic traits. One that stands out among the others is the representation of the globe on the dial which was created by a filigree-worked pattern. Aside from the globe which stands as the background and the city disk at the periphery of the face, there is not much going on visually. There are oversized central hands and hour markers which are all covered with luminous coating for enhanced legibility. The date aperture for its calendar feature which automatically switches to the current date of the chosen time zone is placed at the traditional place, at the three o’clock position.
When the dimensions are concerned, one has to note the watch is not that small, especially since it does not offer other functions, apart from its world time feature. The diameter of the watch is quite usual for the Breitling models and measures to 44 mm. The thickness of Galactic Unitime SleekT timepiece is 15.3 mm. The watch features a solid metal case back that unfortunately does not allow the wearer to observe the new type of movement we should be outlined as the major that will follow. The construction of the timekeeper also includes a screw-locked crown with two gaskets, as well as a cambered sapphire crystal which has anti-reflective coating on both of its sides. Supported water resistance of Breitling Galactic UNitime SleekT is to 100 meters.
The new world timer by the Grenchen company is avialble with two different dial colors. These are Antartica White and Trophy Black shades. The black one can be paired with a black leather strap with contrasting stitching or with Pilot stainless steel bracelet with five links. The other one is available only with the bracelet.