The Super Chronomat, Breitling’s boldest Chronomat to date, is the ultimate choice for those who want a timepiece mastering the balance between sturdy and stylish. Inspired by the Frecce Tricolori watch that Breitling created for the hotshots of the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic fleet in 1983, the Super Chronomat is a supercharged, all-purpose sports watch that’s elegant enough for the evening as well.
Just days ago, Breitling announced its newest partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, as the Official Timekeeper.
To celebrate the partnership, the brand has introduced the Aviator 8 Etihad Limited Edition in black steel. Limited to 500 pieces, the watch has been co-designed with Etihad Airways and complete with numbers in the Arabic language in gold with matching gold hands.
The Aviator 8 Etihad Limited Edition prominently displays the day of the week and the date along with the time. The day of the week is indicated at the 12 o’clock position while the date is ideally placed at 6 o’clock. Powered by the Breitling Calibre 45, the watch has a bidirectional rotor winding with over 38 hours of power reserve.
The black dial is revealed through a double anti-reflective sapphire glass making it easy to see even under the harsh sun. The 41 mm DLC-coated stainless steel case has a solid screwed back and is presented on a black leather strap.
The Aviator 8 Etihad Limited Edition is a COSC-certified chronometer and produced in a series limited to 500 pieces. The model will be exclusively available in Etihad home of Abu Dhabi before being released in the wider market and across the globe.
Highlighting the spirit of innovation, the new Chronospace Evo B60 incorporates an analogue-display quartz movement entirely developed by and for Breitling.
The Chronospace Evo B60 is a sturdy and light watch, thanks to its titanium case. But the real highlight of this timepiece is the fact that it has the first analogue-display quartz movement entirely developed by Breitling: a SuperQuartz TM chronograph calibre with 24-hour counter, central minutes and split times.
The Chronospace Evo model had already established its high credentials as the only electronic model exclusively equipped with pointer-type displays. It’s now also the first Breitling model to house an analogue-display quartz movement entirely developed and produced by the brand.
This ‘engine’ has been developed and produced in Switzerland with aviation-dedicated functions and features.
- It has precision that is ten times greater than a standard quartz movement
- The chronometer is certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute)
- Tenths of a second are displayed in a counter between 2 and 3 o’clock. The two central chronograph hands – a red-tipped one for the seconds and a white-tipped one for the minutes – serve to read off measured times with complete clarity, whatever the visibility conditions.
- There is a 24-hour counter between 9 and 10 o’clock, dedicated to missions lasting an entire day.
- By pressing the pushpiece at 4 o’clock, the user can stop the chronograph hands at will to measure split times. A further press on this same pusher then enables the hands to “catch up with” the correct position and to continue the timing operation in progress. This helps when one is required to keep track of feats achieved by several competitors taking part in a race, or to measure several successive times during a mission.
- Legibility of the displays is further enhanced by large white luminescent hands and hour-markers standing out against the dark dial background.
- The unidirectional rotating bezel ensures an excellent grip thanks to its four rider tabs serving to mark off times.
- The titanium case, water-resistant to 100 m, is fitted with protective reinforcements for its screw-locked crown.
The new Chronospace Evo B60 is available in a black dial version with slate grey counters and a blue dial version with black counters. It is equipped with a bracelet in titanium or strap in leather or rubber.
Georges Kern was most recently the Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital at Richemont and in particular supervised the specialist watchmaking Maisons. Prior to that, he was the CEO of IWC from 2002 to 2016, repositioning the brand to become one of the most successful and respected Swiss watch Maisons. Kern started his career in the consumer goods industry at Kraft General Foods to move into the watch industry working for TAG Heuer from 1992-2000.
As CEO and in this context shareholder of Breitling, Kern‘s mission will be to foster the global development of one of the world’s most established watch manufacturers, and focus on further developing Breitling’s digital and retail footprint, especially with a view of accelerating growth in the key Asian markets.
Théodore Schneider, who sold a majority stake to CVC Capital Partners and moved to chairmanship of Breitling, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Georges Kern to Breitling. His extensive experience and knowledge of the luxury watch industry and his creativity will further accelerate Breitling’s growth momentum.”
Jean-Paul Girardin will remain with Breitling as Vice President.
Mankind’s fascination with the unknown and the spirit of discovery has led us to explore and uncover the unthinkable. Whether it is diving deep into the seas, crossing dangerous waters, walking in space, traversing mountains or glaciers or even taking part in a car race, there is a thrill and a sense of adventure associated with the word “mission”.
Ever wondered why people take watches on a mission and what it means for watch brands? Watches have immense potential since time and information related to timing is very critical. Knowing the penchant of accuracy that runs through watchmakers, well made timepieces can be reliable companions. It also sets a good base to build on the collection, especially for future timepieces. Moreover, it gives credibility to the brand and adds to its history.
Watches have accompanied people on their varied missions. Take Rolex for example; the first watch company to create a water resistant wristwatch in 1926. The watch in question was the famous “Oyster” that could withstand a pressure of 100m. In 1927 a Rolex Oyster crossed the english Channel, worn by Mercedes Gleitze, a young english swimmer. The swim lasted for 10 hours and the watch remained in perfect working order at the end of it!
The Chronometre Geophysic (manufactured in 1958) by Jaeger- LeCoultre is another watch that can boast of being on a mission. It was the perfect present for the first man to have headed an expedition beneath the north Pole, since this exceptional instrument had been designed to withstand magnetic fields of upto 600 gauss and to maintain its phenomenal precision in all circumstances.
In 1962, NASA astronaut Walter Schirra used the Omega Speedmaster in space during the Mercury Sigma 7 mission. In 1964 NASA decided to put out a tender on chronograph watches for their Apollo astronauts and declared the Speedmaster as the official watch for all manned space flights. even during the famous Apollo XI mission in 1969, when the first men set foot on the Moon, all three astronauts wore the Omega Speedmaster Professional on their wrists. During the disastrous Apollo 13 mission the crew relied on a Speedmaster to time a critical engine burn that helped them return safely home after their spacecraft suffered an explosion on the way to the moon.
Seiko takes the credit for designing the first Automatic Chronograph for Space. The watch was often referred to as “The Pogue” and carried the Seiko 6139, automatic chronograph movement. William Pogue wore it in 1973 on an eighty-four day Skylab mission.
Another remarkable Seiko creation that was worn to space was the SEIKO Spring Drive Spacewalk. First presented at Baselworld 2008, this watch was first used in October 2008 when private space adventurer, Richard Garriott, took it into space on his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It had been custom designed and built with Richard’s mission in mind and designed to withstand extreme temperatures, pressures and radiation conditions involved in an extra-vehicular Activity (eVA), or spacewalk. The watch had the Spring Drive Chronograph 5R86 movement and was built in a high-intensity titanium case. It performed flawlessly throughout Richard’s 12-day flight in space.
Subsequently, in December 2008, two Spring Drive Spacewalk watches were worn by a Russian cosmonaut throughout a 5-hour-38-minute eVA. During the eVA, both the time of day and chronograph functions worked perfectly, even when worn on the outside of the space suit. On returning to earth, the watches were studied, assessed and tested at Seiko’s epson facility, and their perfect performance during the eVA was independently verified.
Wartimes have been occasions where watches have played key roles. Officine Panerai is known historically for the design of the Radiomir. ever since its creation in 1916, it has transformed in look and function to meet the updated and ever changing requirements of the navy. Created mainly for underwater exploits, the watch always stood true to its purpose.
The horological world knows the story of how a watch saved a life. The watch in question is the Breitling emergency that was able to broadcast a distress signal by a man stuck in the wilderness along Susitna River in the heart of the infamous Alaska Range. It was because of this built-in homing signal in the watch that he was saved. The timepiece was designed with a micro- transmitter broadcasting on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency. unscrewing a protective cap and extending a short antenna activates the transmitter.
The use of watches in sports and more so for adventure sports is also very common. Whether it is the creation of the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre for the game of Polo or the use of chronographs for timing, watches have been with sportsmen as well. Racing is another popular sport that has a deep link with watches. Brands like Rolex and TAG Heuer have forged deep ties with the game.
Extreme sports are also missions in themselves. edox, a brand that has a penchant for extreme sports, including timekeeping partnerships with the Dakar Rally and the extreme Sailing Series, embarked on a partnership with Christian ‘The Iceman’ Redl in 2011, spawning the Iceman Limited edition series of watches. Redl is known for less conventional world record attempts, such as distance swimming under ice on a single breath.
The latest result of the partnership is the Hydro Sub north Pole, which has a sliding crown protector to prevent ice build-up on the crown.
This watch was worn in Redl’s 2015 expedition to free-dive at the north Pole. The mission saw him trek an estimated 100km over ice from northern Canada to the geographic north Pole, before he became the first person to free-dive there. The expedition is the first of three, with similar attempts to happen at the north and South Magnetic Poles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
As long as men have the quest to explore, uncover secrets that the world hides and indulge in some adventure, their will always be a fitting timepiece to accompany them on their mission!