The story behind the Breitling Navitimer
Launched in 1952, the Navitimer is the favourite watch of pilot’s and aviation fans alike. A genuine wrist instrument, the Navitimer was originally an essential tool for pilots in measuring flight times and fuel requirements using its patented slide rule bezel. Thus the Navitimer became the official watch of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association). To this day the Navitimer series retains a cult following and since 1952 it has been continually produced in the same form and spirit. The only change came recently, when Breitling’s first in-house movement was included in the creation of the Navitimer 01. This new engine has ensured that the world’s oldest and most popular chronograph is also one of the most accurate.
The story behind the Breitling Superocean
Having conquered the air Breitling turns its attention to the sea with the Superocean collection. Originally developed in the 1950s as a diving instrument for professional and military divers. The main principles of the Superocean are easy legibility and high level functionality. All of the series come fitted with a C.O.S.C certified automatic movement and feature oversized hands and numerals which are luminous making them easy to read in all conditions. With a helium safety valve included, the Superocean has reached depths of 500, 1500 and 2000 metres. At the 2012 Basel watch fair Breitling introduced the Superocean M200, the first and only chronograph to be water resistant to 2000 metres.
The story behind the Breitling Avenger
The Avenger series is the perfect expression of Breitling’s four essential criteria; sturdiness, functionality, precision, aesthetic sophistication. All Avenger and Super Avenger models come in rugged 45mm stainless steel cases and are water resistant to 300 metres. With the Avenger Seawolf Breitling has produced a first-rate diving watch with a water resistance of up to 1000 metres. This is an incredible feat when taking into consideration the fact that all Avenger models are powered by a C.O.S.C certified self winding automatic movement. The Avenger is available in a variety of different colour dials, with a choice of stainless steel bracelet or a leather or rubber strap.
The story behind the Breitling Chronomat
Originally created to equip the Frecce Tricolori flight team, the Chronomat is now the reference point for mechanical chronographs. The Chronomat range has constantly evolved since its inception in 1984 and has become the flagship range for the brand. All of the range is equipped with C.O.S.C certified automatic movements with the 44mm, 41mm and GMT versions fitted with Breitling in-house movements, making them eligible for the brands 5 year warranty. The Chronomat range is built to withstand the most extreme conditions, with dimensions are generous yet ergonomic. Above all the Chronomat has a unique style that looks great on the wrist, and comes in a variety of materials including 18-carat rose gold and diamond encrusted models.
The story behind the Breitling Colt
Performance and reliability are of primary importance to the Colt range. The Colt collection features Men’s and Ladies models, with a variety of automatic and quartz movements. The one constant with the movements, as with all Breitling watches, is that they have been certified by C.O.S.C which acts as a guarantee of quality. Heading the range is the Colt Chronograph which features a reinforced crown and a uni-directional ratcheted bezel. Other features include time measurements to 1/10th of a second, and fast timezone changes. The Colt range offers an unparalleled selection of Men’s and Ladies sports watches.
The story behind the Breitling Galactic Collection
The Galactic range is unique for Breitling, with Men’s and Ladies watches which have a more ‘cosmopolitan’ appearance. Nonetheless, all Galactic models are fitted with all the finest technical aspects that are expected from a Breitling. The Galactic range offers a great variety of masculine and feminine watches and chronographs certified by C.O.S.C. Men are free to choose from the 41mm and Chronograph models. For Ladies there is the beautifully elegant 36mm automatic, 32mm and 30mm models, all of which come with a selection of different bracelets and straps and a choice of materials.
The story behind the Breitling Transocean
Classic design meets contemporary technology in the Breilting Transocean collection. The Transocean style is representative of the 1950s and 60s chronograph aesthetic. Subtly elegant, the chronograph is powered by Breitling’s B01 fully in-house movement. Breitling offer a 5 year warrant on all purchases of watches which feature an in-house movement made on or after the 1st January 2012. At the recent Baselworld Watch Fair, Breitling upgraded the Transocean range by introducing the Transocean Chronograph Unitime. The watch takes its name from its display which allows the wearer to read the time in all 24 time zones at a glance.
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Breitling For Bentley Watches
The exclusive Breitling for Bentley range consists of handmade Swiss watches which beautifully boasts and displays Breitling's renowned watchmaking craftsmanship with features synonymous of the high profile Bentley car. The Breitling for Bentley watch embodies similar qualities to the motor that has influenced this whole collection. A winning combination of the most sought after brands in each of their industries. Shop the Breitling for Bentley collection here are at The Watch Gallery.
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The story behind the Breitling Superocean Heritage Series
A tribute to the 1957 Superocean - a diving watch capable of reaching depths of 200 metres. At the time this was an exceptional technical feat and the watch has been reproduced in a modern day version. Available in two sizes – 38mm and 46mm – the dial features the classic brand logo and Breitling signature. Aesthetically the watches closely resemble the 1957 version; however the old synthetic bezel has been replaced by a uni-directional steel and aluminium version. The Heritage collection includes a chronograph version and comes with a choice of rubber strap or steel mesh bracelet. All models feature C.O.S.C certified automatic movements.
The Historical Montbrillant
Montbrillant Street housed the first fully-fledged Breitling chronograph factory from 1892 to 1979. Montbrilliant brings back memories of the site overlooking the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds where many of the brands greatest inventions were created. Aesthetically the collection takes inspiration from the 1940’s with its central 1/100th of an hour indication and the famous ‘B’ logo fashioned in18-carat gold. The Montbrillant comes in a 38mm case designed for wrists of all sizes. There is a chance to own a piece of Breitling history with two limited editions. The Montbrillant Legende comes with a much larger 47mm diameter and is limited to 1,000 pieces. Vintage design meets contemporary technology with the Montbrillant 01, which features the Breitling 01 in-house movement and is limited to 2,000 pieces. The Datora features day & date and displays 24-hour time. All are C.O.S.C certified.
The story behind the Breitling Professional Series
Breitling count on highly professional advice from the armed services when designing this series. All the products in the Professional collection are built to military specifications to ensure the highest level functionality and reliability. The Aerospace features a chronograph, alarm, countdown timer, dual timezone and audible time indication, all of which are controlled by a single crown and set within a lightweight titanium case. The Chronospace has all of the above and also includes a UTC function, perpetual calendar, slide rule bezel and a double caseback to amplify the audible time signals. As a collection of professional instruments this range is unparalleled.
Today, using their highly developed knowledge and expertise Breitling continue to craft exceptional sports watches that are naturally durable and make a real statement on the wrist.
It is no coincidence that Breitling is now instantly recognisable as a leader in the production of highly technical watches and chronographs. Ever since Léon Breitling opened his workshop in the Swiss Jura in 1884, the brand has devoted itself to creating precision instruments for leading professionals.
1984 saw the birth of the Chronomat, which has gone on to become Breitling’s leading model. From 2009 all Chronomat models have been powered by the Breitling B01, the brands first fully in-house movement. Breitling now offer a 5 year warranty on watches fitted with their in-house B01 & B04 movements on purchases made from January 2012.