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Live Photos: Breitling at Baselworld 2014
Breitling is celebrating its 130th year anniversary as an independent, family-run watchmaker. For 2014, Breitling is focusing on individualising its emblematic Navitimer and Chronomat collections by offering visual and technical diversity to existing models, as well as trending towards slightly larger case dimensions. Since Breitling’s “blacksteel” has been so well received, Breitling is making the black DLC case finishing available in more collections and in more models.
Breitling reinterprets its classic Navitimer in two new variations, one with an extra-large 46mm diameter, as well as a GMT travel version. Then, a special edition Navitimer Panamerican is offered in the original 43mm case with a bronze dial. As well, the Navitimer 1461 is enlarged for a 48mm diameter option.
Next, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flagship Chronomat model, Breitling is launching a special series Chronomat Airborne with a technical and professional look.
Finally, an Emergency II update for our patient Breitling collectors. The Emergency II is still being certified and has not been released in any markets worldwide. It looks like the Emergency II may be released in Switzerland first, with the possibility of it releasing this Fall.
The classic Navitimer chronograph has been produced since 1952 and now appears in an exta-large 46 mm diameter for added wrist presence and legibility. The Navitmer 46mm dial is available with a classic black dial that is made using the épargne technique against a pure silver base to ensure optimal legibility. The Navitimer 46mm is also available with an elegant blue dial featuring tone-on-tone registers. It also comes in a 200-piece red gold limited edition with a black dial.
The Breitling wings logo is stamped from an 18-carat gold strip to within 1/100th of a millimeter, and then sandblasted, blanked and polished to create its subtle contrasts. The Breitling symbol and hour-markers are hand applied. Visible through a sapphire crystal display back is the COSC-certified manufacture Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement. Retail prices are $8,215 on a leather strap with tang buckle and $9,620 on bracelet.
Navitimer 01 46mm with black and silver dial
Navitimer 01 46mm with an elegant blue dial
Navitimer 01 Panamerican
The Navitimer Panamerican is a special edition chronograph in the original 43mm case, bronze dial, COSC-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement and fitted on a bracelet. Only 1,000 will be produced with each individually numbered on the case band. Retail price is $8,105.
Navitimer 01 Panamerican
The new Navitimer GMT is a 48mm travel watch that houses a COSC-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber B04 dual timezone chronograph movement. Pulling out the crown and turning it forwards or backwards in one-hour increments enables the independent setting of the travel timezone date and hour, while maintaining a home-time display in 24-hour mode and without losing any precision in terms of the minutes. The large-format steel case with its imposing 48 mm diameter frames a perfectly readable instrument panel. The new Navitimer GMT comes with two dials, one in classic black with silver registers or one in all-silver. The Navitimer GMT is also available in a 200-piece red gold limited edition with a black dial. Retail price is $9,055.
Navitimer GMT with black dial
Navitimer 1461 48mm
A personal favourite, the practical 1461 chronograph calendar is equipped with a semi-perpetual calendar mechanism requiring correction once every four years, or 1,461 days. The new Navitimer 1461 is now available in an extra-large 48mm case. The dial features the day, date and month indications as well as the moonphase.
The Navitimer 1461 48mm is available in a special edition of 1,000 in stainless steel, as well as a special edition of 1,000 in blacksteel, each individually numbered on the solid caseback. Retail price is $10,480 in steel on crocodile strap and $11,165 in black steel with black nylon strap treated with Teflon and fitted with anthracite buckle.
Navitimer 1461 48mm in steel
Chronomat Airborne Special 30th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flagship Chronomat model, Breitling is launching a Chronomat Airborne special series that pays tribute to its original Frecce Tricolori chronograph used by the Italian airforce aerobatics team. This unlimited series features a satin-brushed rotating bezel with inlaid rubber hour markers. The polished stainless steel case is available in either 41mm or 44mm diameters, with the choice of two dial variations in black with silver registers or silver with black registers. Both dials feature vintage-coloured Super-Luminova for a retro look. The solid caseback is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) and an Aermacchi jet aircraft flown by the Italian flight squadron. The timepiece houses a COSC-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement. Retail prices are the same for either 41mm or 44mm case sizes, and $8,030 with military-style strap and $9,060 with pilots bracelet.
Chronomat Airborne with black military-style strap
With is digital and analog time indications, the Chronospace Military is a professional pilots watch that can display 12/24-hour time, with the functionality of a countdown timer, chronograph, two timezones, day/date, month, two timezone alarms, UTC and also an end of life battery indicator. The 46mm DLC black steel case is fitted with a military-style strap of made of nylon treated with Teflon. The thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement is COSC-certified. The double caseback is designed to amplify the sound of the alarm. $5,915.
Chronospace Military with black DLC case & nylon strap treated with Teflon
Caliber 78 COSC-certified thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement under a double case back
SuperOcean Chronograph II Black Steel
Expanding its SuperOcean collection, Breitling adds the new SuperOcean Chronograph II Black Steel. The 44mm steel case is treated with black DLC, has a rubber-moulded bezel and is fitted with a Diver Pro III rubber strap with tang buckle. Retail price is $7,560.
TransOcean 38 Chronograph
Finally, for ladies Breitling expands its TransOcean 38 collection with a new variation with stainless steel case, chocolate dial and red gold diamond bezel. Retail price is $10,625.
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Photos: Paul Boutros