The watchmaker from Grenchen, Breitling, has decided to launch a slightly refurbished version of its Transocean Unitime Chronograph model. The new version features different dials without the characteristic globe in the central section and includes cases with altered finishes. As the initial version promoted by the famous and newly retired footballer, David Beckham, the new pilot variation of the Breitling’s timekeeper operates thanks to Breitling B05 proprietary movement which includes a chronograph and a patented unitime mechanism which allows browsing through time zones in both directions.
Transocean Unitime Chronograph is the brand’s flagship model and it comes as no surprise that the manufacturer decided to present yet another iteration of the model with its in-house automatic caliber. The decision to present it in a pilot styled package is likewise quite expected, especially considering Breitling’s heritage and vast tradition in the field. Ever since the 1930s, the brand has been producing onboard aircraft chronographs. Just like the iconic Navitimer watch from the 1950s, these flying instruments featured black dials with white indications. This combination of colors has been widely recognized as the optimal one for aviators since it provides the best readability and this is the reason why the brand chose it. However, this is not the only option for the face of the newly released pilot version of the watch because the watchmaker also offers it with a midnight blue face.
As far as the housing is concerned, the steel versions of Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot timekeeper now come with a satin finish. For the ones who prefer nobler material there is also a variation with an 18 K polished red gold housing. Both steel and red gold iterations are available with a black or a blue dial. However, there is a difference when it comes to the attachments. While the steel Transocean Unitime Pilot timekeepers can be paired with a Ocean Classic mash steel bracelet, a leather or a croco leather strap, the red gold versions can be bought only with one of two types of leather attachments (the color of the bracelet always matches the dial color). Each of the leather straps can be coupled with a tang-type or a folding clasp buckle, depending on the preference. Apart from the listed basic versions, there is also a limited all-black edition. The restricted series which consists of 1,000 copies is with a blacksteel housing, a black dial and a mash steel bracelet in the same color.
When it comes to the dimensions and the technical features of the watch, they are the same as it was with the initial “non-pilot” version of the watch. Its round case is 46 mm wide and 15.4 mm thick and weighs 112.5 g. The face of the watch is guarded with a convex double glare-proofed sapphire crystal, while the case back is solid metal and screwed-in, enabling the model to be water proof to 100 m. At the core of the timepiece is in-house Breitling 05 movement with automatic winding and a power storage which lasts for at least 70 hours. The 56-jewelled caliber which operates at the frequency of 4 Hz is made with a chronograph (precise to 1/4th of a second and with counters for 30 min, 12 hours and small seconds). The additional functions provided by the manufacture caliber are world time feature and a date indication which instantly moves to the proper position when the wearer switches time zones, regardless of the direction, which is possible due to the patented mechanism.