October 2012

On October 18th, Breitling and the Frecce Tricolori met up at the Italian air base in Rivolto to reaffirm the longstanding partnership and to reveal a new Chronomat 44 bearing the flight team’s livery, along with a limited edition featuring the same design.

Among the many exceptional squads that are associated with Breitling, the Frecce Tricolori – the Italian airforce aerobatics team – holds a place of its own. In 1983, the brand with the winged B was chosen by the “tricolor arrows” to design their official watch. In doing so, Breitling worked closely with pilots in order to create an authentic aviation chronograph. A year later, in 1984, it was based on this ultra-functional, original and elegant watch, that the brand launched its famous Chronomat – that has since become its star model and was recently reinterpreted.

Almost 30 years later, Breitling is perpetuating these ties by creating for the Frecce Tricolori a special version of the Chronomat 44 customized in the team colors. For devotees of high-flying feats and aviation in general, the firm is also offering a 1,000-piece limited edition with the same exclusive design. Its black dial (like the original 1983 model) bearing silver-toned counters with red hands is distinguished by the team logo emblazoned at 12 o’clock. Composed of three arrows in the red, white and green colors of the Italian flag, it is topped with the inscription “P.A.N Frecce Tricolori” (P.A.N. standing for Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale). The caseback bears the engraved silhouette of the ten Aermacchi aircraft composing the squad. The ultrasturdy steel case and the bezel with black rubber-incrusted numerals feature satinbrushed tops and polished sides. Water-resistant to the exceptional depth of 500 meters (1,650 ft), the watch houses Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, a highperformance chronograph movement entirely developed and produced by Breitling, and chronometer-certified by the COSC. It is available with a choice of wristbands notably including a new black rubber strap with embossed Breitling signature.

The Frecce Tricolori Chronomat 44 and the limited edition were presented during a special event organized at the patrol’s Rivolto airbase in north-east Italy. It was attended by team pilots, a number of Breitling guests, along with members of the military, leading personalities and key representatives of the national press.

If you’re an Android or iPad user this is fantastic news! International Watch magazine is now accessible via the Flipboard app! This is great news for all watch people and will be great for getting more exposure to watches in general. Good news for everyone that is interested in watches!

Press Release:
Today, Fine Life Media announces a significant development in its digital strategy, as iW Magazine becomes the first publication in the watch category to have a dedicated channel on Flipboard. Positioned as the leading “social news
magazine,” Flipboard creates a personalized experience on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, amalgamating curated content from preeminent sources online with newsfeeds from social media accounts, blogs and more. The resultant user experience resembles flipping through the pages of a traditional magazine, with the intuitive ‘flip’ onscreen.

Published since 1989, iW Magazine is the definitive resource for watch-related matters, providing in-depth reports on all aspects of horology, from established Swiss watchmaking firms to independent horology houses, product reviews, technical stories, factory tours and more. iW’s specialized content is presented through a monthly print magazine, a comprehensive website – iWmagazine.com – and is now accessible through Flipboard’s specialized Style Channel.

iW Magazine’s Flipboard channel incorporates daily editorial features and news items crafted by a global team of wristwatch experts, a unique ‘Watch of the Day’ feature, and content derived from iWmagazine.com’s innovative ‘From The Source’ brand portal. ‘From The Source’ is iW’s realtime newsfeed, with direct reports from the elite brands in the watchmaking industry. The integration of this content on Flipboard enables to-the-minute updates from the world of horology to reach upwards of 20 million registered Flipboard users.

To date, Flipboard has received top accolades in digital technology, including Apple’s iPad App of the Year, one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations, and the top social app at the 2012 Webby Awards. Fine Life Media’s president Danny Govberg, a Flipboard devotee, remarked, “Flipboard is the ideal platform for engagement, fundamentally addressing the relationship between print media, social media, and the blogosphere. As a niche publication, iW Magazine is extraordinarily honored by this partnership, and we look forward to expanding our enthusiast community through the
support of digital technology.”

To access iW Magazine’s dedicated channel on Flipboard, visit: http://flpbd.it/iw, or locate it within the Style Channel on Flipboard.

Graham releases a very cool Limited Edition watch to commemorate the Tecate Score Baja 1000 races in Mexico. The watch is released in a limited edition of 100 pieces, and has some really cool features including a PVD Case, Machined Carbon Fiber trigger and Cermaic buckle.

The movement is still the flipped and modified Valjoux 7750, dubbed the G1747 by Graham. Overall still a very cool watch.

Main features also include:
47 mm steel with black PVD case, calibre G1747, automatic chronograph, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, scratch-proof ceramic bezel (Zirconium Oxide: ZrO2), calculated telemeter scale on the dial (Fahrenheit), plain carbon fibre fast-action start / stop trigger , domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, smoked sapphire case back with Baja 1000 logo, integrated beige fabric techno-fabric strap, scratch-proof black ceramic buckle. Limited edition 100 pieces.

I’m sure you guys will be interested to see the results of the BreitlingSource Greatest Breitling ever competition. The winner was The Breitling Navitimer 01! Not entirely a surprise, since its Breitling’s most iconic Chronograph, combined with their first In-House Chronograph 01 movement.

See the link below for the runner ups and a complete summary of the competition. Don’t forgot to join us next year!

Results: http://breitlingsource.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=43020

Video review of the very cool and limited Doxa 600 T-Graph. This is a Swiss Made mechanical chronograph diver from specialty boutique dive watch brand Doxa. The T-Graphs are very limited and are usually inlaid with the year of production – very cool feature, and a great looking watch that you’ll not see too many others wearing.

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