March 2012


Breitling has announced the replacement for the Chrono Avenger M1, and it is a steel SuperOcean with the same Magentic pusher technology with an added bonus of being water resistant to 2000M named the SuperOcean Chronograph M2000. It has some interesting strap options as well as the new Professional III bracelet.

From Breitling:
The first chronograph water-resistant and operational at a depth of 2,000 m. Breitling has created a new champion of abyssal depths, equipped with an exclusive magnetic pushpiece system. Within this patented system, the chronograph controls are operated via the metal of the case. This means that the Superocean Chronograph M2000 may be used in water to the fabulous depth of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) without any risk of water seeping in. The 4 mm-thick sapphire crystal guarantees exceptional sturdiness, while the original appearance of the black dial is enhanced by red, black, blue or green-ringed counters.

Now here is a interesting and cool new model from Breitling! Introducing the new Breitling Caliber 05, this new World Time movement combines all the virtues of the B01 with an added double disk system that allows you to easily change timezones as well as see timezones in all 24 of the world’s timezones. All of this housed in Breitling’s distinctive and classically inspired Transocean case.

BRINGING THE WORLD TO THE WRIST

Breitling reasserts its horological mastery by launching a “world time” chronograph equipped with a new caliber entirely developed and produced in-house. Thanks to its double disk, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime simultaneously and constantly indicates the time in all 24 timezones. An innovative system based on a patented mechanism enables the user, when changing timezone, to adjust all the indications in one smooth and easy move by simply turning the crown. An exceptional new instrument makes its grand entry into the world of exclusive fine mechanisms.

TIME FOR TRAVEL

While the chronograph and instruments for professionals have established themselves since 1884 as Breitling’s domain of excellence, travel watches have also played an important role in the history of the brand with the winged B. In sharing the finest hours in the conquest of the skies, Breitling accompanied the boom in air transport and long-distance travel. During the 1950s and 60s, the brand distinguished itself by introducing a sophisticated model named Unitime, a selfwinding “world time” watch that has since become a much sought-after collector’s item. Today, Breitling is further extending its invitation to enjoy travel and performances by combining universal time and the chronograph function within a new model in the Transocean range – a collection reflecting all the refinement and prestige of luxury long-distance journeys. Associating innovative technology with stylish aesthetics, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime is distinguished by its modern, pure lines and the infinite care lavished on the smallest details – such as its dial bearing a globe pattern. It comes in steel or red gold versions with the city bezel available in several languages. That unmistakable first-class feeling on the wrist.

PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT

In creating Caliber 01, the Breitling engineers devised the world’s best chronograph movement. In developing the new Caliber 05, based on the same high-performance architecture, they have also reinvented the world time mechanism by equipping it with an adjustment system boasting unprecedented user friendliness. The Transocean Chronograph Unitime features two mobile disks: a 24-hour disk and a disk bearing the names of 24 cities representing the world’s 24 timezones. The time shown by the central hands corresponds to that of the timezone displayed at 12 o’clock. The city disk also bears indications serving to take account of “summer” or daylight saving time (DST).

When the user changes timezone, he need only pull out the crown and turn it forwards or backwards in one-hour increments in order to correct the hours, the city disk and the 24-hour disk in one smooth move. Meanwhile, the calendar is easily adjusted in both directions to the date corresponding to local time. During these maneuvers, the minute and seconds hands continue turning normally without any loss of precision, and without perturbing any chronograph timing operations in progress

Breitling releases another Limited Edition model, the Chronomat 44 TopGun Limited Edition. The US Navy TopGun aviation school, has joined with Breitling to offer this special watch released in a limited number of 500. Previously, this distinction belonged to IWC and their Ceramic Pilot Chrono, but I guess it is now Breitling’s Honor.

The watch is based on Breitling’s Chronomat 44 and will probably feature the same Breitling 01 Caliber that is in all Chronomat 44’s and also share the same case. Major differences with this TopGun limited edition will be the dial and the case back, which will feature an engraved TopGun logo.

An interview with Jerome Lambert, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, while he is driving around in his Aston Martin Rapide in Geneva Switzerland. Very cool! Interview is by Wei Koh of Revolution Magazine. He talks about the relationship with Aston Martin, the Spherotourbillon and Clive Owen.

I posted about BreitlingSource’s Partnership with Govberg Watch Repair several months back, and decided it was time to follow-up to let you guys know that we’ve done lots of servicing for the Breitling community and have had fantastic results. Several members have told me they’ve had a great experience with Govberg’s, being both an Authorized Breitling dealer as well as a Service Center that repairs all brands of Swiss Watches.

If you have need of some servicing needs and haven’t had a chance to contact Govberg’s watch repair division, please go to our Govberg Watch Repair Email Form and fill it out, and someone from Govberg will contact you with a quote. There is also an extensive FAQ with some pointers on how much they charge and what they service and what kind of time it takes.

Here’s a short testimonial from a satisfied customer:
“I just received my watch back and it looks and runs great. Order placement and tracking was easy, service was top-notch. I was kept informed throughout the process and each step happened just as expected. No surprises or complications. Would use the service again.”
-Bruce from Matawan, NJ

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