I don’t know if a revamp or “Fresh Momentum”, as Breitling calls it is the right description, but the Colt has returned to its roots with a design that resembles the previous Breitling Colt models complete with Rider Tabs and an Automatic model.

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The new Colt will be available in a Colt Quartz Chronograph version, regular Colt Quartz, Colt Automatic, and Colt Lady models.

From Breitling:

Breitling has redesigned the entire Colt collection while reviving its original spirit: that of a military watch combining peerless performance with an efficient and understated style.

Colt was born in the 1980s and initially intended for the armed forces – like other Breitling watches such as the Navitimer and the Chronomat – before winning over a broad audience through its sturdiness, its reliability and its readability. It has since established itself as the most accessible Breitling model. The newly revamped Colt features a design that reinterprets all the essential assets on which it has built its success. The broad unidirectional rotating bezel with a satin-brushed finish and engraved hour-markers is adorned with four rider tabs – a Breitling signature feature – ensuring excellent handling as well as enhanced protection of the sapphire crystal which is glareproofed on both sides. The polished steel case, water-resistant to 200 meters (660 ft), is equipped with a large screw-locked crown with protective reinforcements. The black, blue or silver dials are enlivened by a fine circular raised motif and their readability is enhanced by oversized hands and hour-markers, accentuated by a luminescent coating. The satin-brushed steel bracelet may be replaced by a rubber or leather strap. The new Colt comes in a range of four models: a 44 mm watch with a mechanical selfwinding movement certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – the highest official benchmark in terms of reliability and precision; a watch and chronograph equipped with SuperQuartz™ movements, ten times more accurate than standard quartz; and a Lady watch with a smaller diameter and an optionally gemset bezel. All of which brings fresh momentum to this collection with a youthful, dynamic and winsome attitude.”

Fresh Momentum for the Colt Video:

The next limited edition IWC Pilot Watch to commemorate the celebrated pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is this new “The Last Flight” edition. It is available in three different versions all in brown silicon nitride ceramic, with proceeds from the Platinum caseback edition going to support the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

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The Platinum caseback version is a limited edition of 17, the Red Gold caseback version is limited to 170 pieces and the Titanium-backed version is limited to 1700. All have slightly different subdial colors to “match” the casebacks.

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I’ve always been a fan of the IWC pilots, especially the Saint-Exupéry Limited editions. I would love to be able to get this version with the titanium.

Specs:
Case: Brown Silicon Nitride Ceramic
Case Size: 46mm x 16.5mm
Crystal: AR-coated sapphire crystal
Water Resistance: 60m
Movement: IWC in-house caliber 89361 with 38 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 68 hours
Strap: Brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching and a pin buckle

I discovered this fantastic old school strapmaker from Denmark named Mr. TipTop. They are an old company, started in 1954, creating some wonderful hand crafted straps in their workshop. I reviewed three of their Double Croupon leather straps, and they are all very well crafted out of some of the finest leather I have seen used for straps. This is great stuff.

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I had a couple made for my PAM288, and they look fantastic on it:

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Check out the review on Paneraisource here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_tiptop.shtml

Its interesting to see which watch brands spent how much on advertising. Breitling has always been near the top, only eclipsed by Rolex. This continues to be the case, but they just upped their spending last year, and are coming in really close now! Interesting article and read, check it out at watchtime. See below for the list of spends from last year in the US Market. See the discussion on the BreitlingSource forums here.

TOP WATCH ADVERTISERS
U.S. market, 2013
RANK BRAND AMOUNT ($million)
1. Rolex 61.48
2. Breitling 43.85
3. Cartier 24.58
4. Omega 22.96
5. TAG Heuer 22.00
6. Citizen 20.72
7. Movado 19.83
8. Chanel 17.87
9. Longines 16.02
10. Seiko 11.15
11. Breguet 9.58
12. Tudor 8.24
13. Patek Philippe 7.66
14. Hublot 7.59
15. Audemars Piguet 7.39
16. Bell & Ross 7.11
17. Dior 6.05
–. Swatch 6.05
19. Montblanc 5.64
20. Ball Watch 5.37
21. Armitron 5.35
22. Chopard 5.20
23. Rado 4.95
24. Baume & Mercier 4.92
25. Shinola 4.66
26. Parmigiani 4.62
27. Raymond Weil 4.51
28. Ulysse Nardin 4.50
29. IWC 4.02
30. Vacheron Constantin 4.01
–. Zenith 4.01
32. Harry Winston 3.80
33. Louis Vuitton 3.73
34. Casio 3.65
35. Luminox 3.62
36. Tissot 3.46
37. Oris 3.42
38. Timex 3.19
39. Bulova 2.97
40. David Yurman 2.91
41. Garmin 2.67
–. Fendi 2.67
43. Coach 2.65
44. Panerai 2.59
45. Glashütte Original 2.54
46. Victorinox 2.52
47. Girard-Perregaux 2.42
48. MTM 2.34
49. Fossil 2.30
50. Ralph Lauren 2.26
51. Piaget 2.15
52. Jaeger-LeCoultre 2.14
53. Anne Klein 2.12
54. Michele 2.05
–. Richard Mille 2.05
56. Bulgari 1.95
57. Blancpain 1.78
58. Carl F. Bucherer 1.67
59. Graff 1.59
60. Pulsar 1.38
61. Stauer 1.37
62. ALOR 1.34
63. Ebel 1.33
–. Emporio Armani 1.33
65. Gucci 1.25
66. Kenneth Cole 1.22
67. Frédérique Constant 1.08
68. Hamilton 1.01
69. Jorg Gray 1.00
(Source: Kantar Media)

Now this is a very cool watch that is coming out, from one of my favourite value-oriented Swiss Watch companies. It is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch, quite the feat for a company like Oris, considering there are so many other Swiss watch companies with roots in Aviation.

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The altimeter is activated using the side-mounted Altimeter crown, and it can measure altitude up to 15,000 feet or 4,500 meters. The units will depend on which model you have, feet or meters. Such a cool feature that I probably won’t use much, but would love to own. Kind of like the Panerai Depth gauge. I usually identify Oris with their Dive watches, as their Pilot offerings in the past have not impressed me… this is different. There is a good chance I will be getting one of these!

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Specs:
Case Diameter: 47mm
Movement: Oris caliber 733 (base Sellita SW200) with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours
Water Resistance: 100m
Patented Oris altimeter adjustment and venting crown

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