This week at Swiss watch show Baselword, Breitling revealed the new version of their sporty diver, the Superocean. The restyled Superocean II retains the overall feel of its predecessor, with a handsomely refreshed dial featuring large luminescent numerals and the addition of smaller military numerals. Powered by Breitling’s Calibre 17 automatic movement, the Superocean II also slims down the case thickness for added comfort. The new model is available in three case diameters – 36, 42, and 44mm – and with the sizing, the water proofing ranges from 200 to 500 to 1000 meters respectively. The Superocean II looks sharp in black with a steel bracelet, but don’t overlook the blue dial or new Ocean Racer rubber strap either. Pricing also varies with options, but to give you an idea – the 42mm with a steel bracelet has an SRP of $3,900. MORE INFO AT BREITLING.COM
Ditching the chronograph features commonly found on Breitling watches, the Galactic 41 has a simpler face design with large hour markers and a pronounced double-window calendar display. The 41 mm case is topped with glareproofed cambered sapphire crystal and this self-winding automatic watch has 42 hours of power reserve. Waterproof up to 1000 feet, the sporty Galactic is durable enough for everyday use, yet elegant enough to wear to formal affairs. Starting at $5,985 for a steel case, the Galactic 41 is also available in other options including rose gold.
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Limited to only 500 units, the Breitling Super Avenger II Military Limited Edition is not only bad-ass looking, it’s rare. Being unique doesn’t come cheap and this special Breitling will set you back $7,400 if you can get your hands on one. We’re assuming it’ll retain its value for years to come – but it may be hard to part with that stealthy carbon-based black coating that covers the steel case. Other features of this special automatic chronograph include a glare-proofed sapphire crystal, under which are large white Arabic numerals set in military time, making for easy readings in the heat of battle (or the boardroom).
The Breitling Montbrillant 01 certainly won’t go unnoticed with its bold 40mm steel case and grooved bezel. Powered by Breitling’s high-performance Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement, the watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve, and displays the date along with three chrongraph functions: 1/4th second, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. The bidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel also serves as circular slide rule. The name of this luxury timepiece pays homage to Breitling’s former workshop – which was located on Montbrillant Street in La Chaux-de-Fonds, from 1892 to 1979. Retails for around $8k.
The Chronomat is an existing watch model from Breitling, but new for 2012 is the 2,000 unit production run of the Chronomat GMT Limited. The watch features a 24 hour time reading, date display and 1/4th second, 30 minutes, & 12 hours Chronograph. The sapphire crystal caseback lets you admire the self-winding mechanical movement, which has an impressive power reserve of 70 hrs. The red hands really make the watch pop, but the fine aesthetics won’t come cheap – expect to pay around $10k for one of these limited Breitlings.
As with the collaboration of Panerai and Ferrari, the Breitling for Bentley collection shows how the partnership between fine watchmakers and high-end car manufacturers can produce great results. The collection is made up of 13 models and the Bentley GMT is shown here. This large 49mm automatic chronograph features a finely crafted dial adorned with totalizer rims inspired by Bentley dashboards. Fit for a traveler, the watch also displays 24 cities for quick conversion to time zones around the globe. Just like a Bentley, these watches don’t come cheap – the model shown retails for around $10k.
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If you liked the Breitling Superocean, check out the new larger Superocean 44. This diving watch is water resistant up to 2,000 meters, where it will still perform with it’s self-winding automatic movement. As a diving watch should, it has a unidirectional rotating bezel to ensure you know how much time is left in your tank. While it’s crafted to be a precision diving instrument, this watch will also look great casually or at the office. The color accents are available in yellow (pictured), blue, red, orange, and white. You’ll also have a choice of rubber, leather, or metal band. Coming soon with the price $TBD.
Designed to work 5,000 ft underwater the new Breitling Superocean is built with the utmost quality that the watchmaker has been known for since 1884. The black bezel with large numerals is secured under cambered sapphire crystal, and time is powered by automatic movement. As pictured, the new Superocean watch comes in three bracelet options, all of which will look great whether you’re deep sea diving or in a conference room. There’s also colored dial options for an additional accent. Suggested Retail is around $2,700.