Updated: Apr 17
Today Breitling released its first Global Summit webcast and it was quite an interesting one. Breitling's CEO Georges Kern web-casted from the Breitling flagship store in Zurich, where he started by touching on Breitling's response to COVID-19 and the company's efforts to stay in contact with fans, before announcing Breitlings new 2020 editions.
1. Breitling SuperOcean 57
The original SuperOcean launched in 1957 and there have been several dive watch iteration since then, but new for 2020, Breitling has introduced a new "capsule collection". While some of the design elements from the 1950s were maintained, such as the concave bezel and oversized indexes, the watches feature several contemporary updates.
Discussing recent developments, Georges Kern highlighted that " we have built strong ties with the surfing community, it is a sport that perfectly reflects Breitlings cool, relaxed lifestyle" and so it is no surprise that Breitling launched a new SuperOcean inspired by the golden age of surfing.
Breitling is launching three sets of two modern retro watches, that come in blue, black and two-tone, either on a steel bracelet or with a leather strap. At 42mm by 9mm thick and with a water resistance of only 100 meters, the new ’57 Edition Superocean Heritage watches are not like the other robust divers in the SuperOcean family.
In addition to the "capsule collection", Breitling is also launching the SuperOcean Heritage '57 Rainbow edition. The dial markers have been rendered in a “rainbow” gradient of multi-colored Super-LumiNova. These references will be limited to 250 pieces and retailed exclusively at Breitling boutiques.
Unlike in the SuperOcean Heritage, these models do not have the B20 movement, instead, each of the four watches has Breitling’s B-10, a Chronometer-certified automatic movement that uses the classic ETA 2892 as its base caliber and roughly 42 hours of power reserve. The price of the new Superocean Heritage Automatic 1957 Edition starts at US$4,380 on a leather strap.
2. Navitimer 35
While the Navitimer hardly needs an introduction, Breitling introduced a new Navitimer to answer women's desire for an elegant and stylish version of the probably most iconic Breitling. Georges Kern reiterated that at Breitling, "Times have changed and Breitling is an inclusive watch brand for men and women".
The new Navitimer 35 is being launched in six different versions, each beginning with a 35mm case in either stainless steel, 18k red gold, or two-tone finish. Inspired by the Navitimer Ref. 66 of the ‘50s, the pointed sword hands and red arrow tipped seconds hand maintain a simple and sporty mid-century feel.
Each variant of the Breitling Navitimer Automatic 35 uses Breitling’s ETA based Caliber 17 automatic movement. These three-hand powerplants offer COSC-certified chronometer accuracy, along with a 38-hour power reserve. Breitling offers the Navitimer Automatic 35 collection on a vast array of strap options.
Stainless steel-cased models can be had with an alligator leather strap in a color complementing the dial (blue for blue dials, tobacco brown for the copper dial, and burgundy for both the silver sunburst and mother of pearl dial options), fitted to either a pin buckle or deployment clasp. These new models are available now through Breitling authorized dealers, with prices starting at US$4,310 for stainless steel models on alligator leather.
3. New Breitling Chronomat Collection
The Chronomat started in 1983 with the Italian flight team "Frecce Tricolori" in mind, as they wanted something that was both sturdy and elegant. The dependability, functionality and stylish design that resulted has made the Chronomat one of the strongest all-rounders Breitling produces.
The Chronomat is at home in the cockpit of a jet, a race car or at sea during a regatta, it serves as a trusted companion in the most demanding situations. This year the Chronomat collection is receiving a long-awaited overhaul across a host of model variations and special editions.
In this new iteration of the Chronomat, Breitling focused on maintaining four iconic elements that are fundamental to the watches DNA: 1. The case size at 42mm is true to original, as well as the round case shape 2. The Rouleaux bracelet is a return to the 1980s design. This time the modern retro style is combined with a modern and sturdy butterfly clasp 3. The bezel has removable ryders that can be adjusted to meet the wearer's various needs. The ryders can be adjusted to be used for count-up (aviation & diving) or for count-down (missions & regattas). All you have to do is bring the watch to a Breitling boutique and they will adjust them for you 4. The inner bezel features a tachymeter scale for the measurement of speed In total there are nine new editions of the Chronomat and one limited edition, the "Frecce Tricolori", which is a homage to its origins and is limited to 250 pieces.
The new Breitling Chronomat B01 42 for 2020 comes in a 42 mm wide case that is 15 mm thick and is rated to be water resistant to 200 meters. While prices for the new Chronomat start at US$8,100, it is certainly the most robust option of the three new collections Breitling is releasing this year.
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