With the launch of the Exospace B55 in 2016, a multifunction pilot’s chronograph that enabled a Bluetooth connection to the wearer’s smartphone, Breitling reinforced its clear leadership role in electronic technology for watches. The Exospace B55 Yachting represents the reimagining of an extraordinary timepiece for yachting enthusiasts and other forward-thinking seafaring explorers.
When Breitling introduced the Exospace B55, its first connected chronograph, it effectively reimagined the smartphone as an accessory for the watch. Featuring a Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55, the multifunction timepiece not only offered unparalleled performance and user-friendliness, but also made it clear that Breitling was the undisputed leader in advanced electronic technology for watches.
An Exospace B55 for Aviators …
Given Breitling’s history, creating the first Exospace watch for aviators was an obvious choice. It had a range of functions that could assist any pilot in the cockpit, including an electronic tachymeter, a device for recording flight times (while memorizing departure and arrival times), and countless other features, all made instantly accessible to the wearer thanks to the chronograph’s intuitive controls.
… And for Motorists
Soon afterward, Breitling introduced a version of the Exospace ideally suited for race car drivers and other motorsports enthusiasts. It offered the same level of connectedness as the pilot’s model while repurposing many of the functions to help motorists master even the most demanding roads and circuits.
The Evolution: The Exospace B55 Yachting
Now, staying true to its commitment to making great timepieces for use in the air, on the ground, and at sea – both above and below the surface – Breitling is introducing the Exospace B55 Yachting connected chronograph. As with all Exospace watches, this is not only an instrument for discerning professionals but also a feast for the eyes, with its strong, lightweight titanium case presented on a sturdy, sporty rubber strap.
The Exospace B55 Yachting boasts a Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55 that has been reimagined for yachting professionals and regatta competitors, who were actively involved in the development process. The thermo-compensated quartz electronic movement powers a chronograph with analog as well as 12- and 24-hour digital displays, all clearly visible through a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The chronograph has an ingenious countdown system, featuring audio, visual, and vibrating alarms and indications. If a judge stops a countdown, it is easy to resync the watch to the new countdown when it resumes. The watch stores split times, which can be read instantaneously on the watch’s digital screen or, when the Exospace is synchronized to a smartphone, on the phone’s display.
The notched bidirectional rotating bezel can be adjusted to make it easier to perform critical calculations regarding wind direction, sailing angle, and the optimal position on the starting line of a regatta.
As with all of the watches in the Exospace B55 family, the Yachting model offers an extensive number of functions. Highlights include a chronograph that calculates up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds with an outstanding degree of accuracy – to just 10 milliseconds. It can also be used to track lap and split times. This makes the regatta chronograph ideal not only for countdowns, but also for recording, replaying, deleting, and recovering all time-related information collected during a regatta.
A Well-Connected Chronograph
The defining feature of the Exospace B55 Yachting is that it can be paired with a smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. A dedicated app supports data transfer and allows settings to be configured remotely.
This two-way communication enables device and timepiece to form a perfectly complementary pair in which each is used for what it does best. Since the main as sets of a smartphone are its screen and ergonomic interface, Exospace B55 Yachting wearers can use their phones to perform a range of adjustments including time-setting, time zones, alarms, display preferences, and operating parameters.
The result is a considerable gain in comfort and efficiency. Conversely, the user can upload various measurements from the chronograph to their smartphone, allowing them to be read more easily, stored, or forwarded. The Exospace B55 Yachting also receives notifications from the smartphone regarding incoming e-mails, messages, phone calls, and reminders of up-
The Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55: A Technical Marvel
Powered by a rechargeable battery system, the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55, a SuperQuartzTM movement, is ten times more accurate than standard quartz and, like all Breitling wristwatches, is a COSC-certified chronometer.
The Breitling Exospace B55 Yachting has been developed as the perfect companion for yachting professionals and discerning regatta competitors who appreciate high-performance multifunctional instruments.