Breitling Jet Team Finishes Tour of East Mediterranean

The Breitling Jet Team in Formation
The Breitling Jet Team preparing for their aerial maneuvers .

At the end of 2011, luxury watchmaker Breitling and its Jet Team just finished a tour around the East Mediterranean. The group of jet pilots were in the air around eastern Europe to promote Breitling and show off their skills in the skies.

The jets representing Breitling are the biggest contingent of a professional civilian jet aerobatic team. They finished their tour in which they flew over five countries in Dijon, France. The team consisted of seven jets with this tour lasting just over 18 days.

The Jet Team was flying over scenic areas around the Southern and Eastern region of the Mediterranean. In two countries, Beirut and Amman, entire airfields were shut down for the aerial displays by the gymnasts of the sky. Regardless of country or time of day, citizens came out in full force to see the Breitling Jet Team, even crowding rooftops and city streets to watch the jets perform.

There were many highlights on the tour for the Breitling Jet Team. They flew 1000 feet below sea level in Jordan over the dead sea. In Greece, the jets took a quick fly over the Acropolis. Later, in Turkey, the team put on a show over the Golden Horn. The Breitling Jet Team took their time, savoring the flights over the iconic places of the Eastern Mediterranean.

The team flies in L-390 Albatros jet air crafts. They finished their tour of the East Mediterranean on December 6, 2012 and are set to have maintenance on their jets during the rest of the winter to prepare for the upcoming 2012 season.

Of course, Breitling is not only in the Jet aerobatics business. Their main draw is their absolutely astonishing watches. The watch manufacturer has been around since 1884 and have been dubbed the unofficial inventor of the modern chronograph. Leon Breitling, the founder of Breitling watches, wanted to devote himself to an industry that was just about to expand into the American mainstream. In 1915, Breitling came out with the first independent chronograph pushpiece.

The Breitling Chrono Bentley Watch
Picture of the Chrono Bentley Watch from Breitling

The line of Breitling watches has evolved into an international success. The watch manufacturer also prides itself on its close ties with the aviation industry. As seen above, the correlation between aviation and Breitling is as stark as ever. The Jet Team represents Breitling’s passion for the skies as well and spectacular luxury watches.

“Flying Fish” Herbert Nitsch to Re-Attempt Breitling Extreme Freedive this Summer

Herbert Nitsch
The Breitling Extreme 800 is scheduled for summer 2012.

Known for their highly functional and durable timepieces, Breitling is not only famous for its extreme precision. A primarily athletics-aimed company, the watch making brand has accompanied a number of extreme sports members in their energetic pursuits. This year, pilot and extreme record guru Herbert Nitsch will take the Breitling test to a new level – 800 feet below sea level, to be exact.

In June of 2007, Nitsch, or “The Flying Fish,” freedove a record 700 feet into the Aegean Sea off the Greek island of Spetses. Though this surpassed the efforts of his adventurous competitors, Nitsch is currently in preparation to take another plunge with his Breitling with the goal to break his own record. After a handful of successful trial runs with equipment as high-tech and reliable as Breitling watches themselves, Nitsch is scheduled to dive again this summer, this time off the island of Santorini, to officially claim 2012’s Breitling Extreme 800 for the second year in a row.

Originally founded in 1884 by Leon Breitling in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, the private company is currently headquartered in Grenolen. Since 2000, the company has focused on the production of certified chronometers, due to their high functionality in extreme conditions. Sounding somewhat of a misnomer, the watches are famous for their complications, meaning they frequently feature qualities beyond the simple display of hours, minutes, and seconds. This ambitious style is used because the Breitling pieces are typically created with a targeted clientele in mind—the manufacturer generates watches for diving, aviation, as well as traditional luxury, and many end up in conditions as intense as the drive of their owners.

Herbert Nitsch Freedive
Herbert Nitsch dives for Breitling

With names like Navimeter and SuperOcean, it’s no secret that Breitling watches are built to withstand excessive environments. The Navimeter offers aviation functions, the SuperOcean is capable of enduring the utmost amounts of water and pressure, and extreme luxury options like the Breitling for Bentley can offer highly complex movements, gold cases and bracelets, and diamonds on the bezel. The watch was even a competitor with Omega to launch to the moon, but Breitling instead remained experts of the sea, sky, and sports car.

Perhaps most impressive is the Emergency. This incredible timepiece is intended for civil as well as military pilots, but is also available to the public on the condition that buyers sign an agreement to compensate in the event of a rescue service. The Breitling Emergency features a radio transmitter which broadcasts on distress frequencies, and has even been reported to save lives.

Whatever the feat, the extreme events associated with this brand make Breitling watches a reliable and trustworthy choice, for highway cruisers and freedivers alike.

Herbert Nitsch Announces Attempt in Breitling Extreme 800

Written by: Lisa Pearson

Since 1884, Swiss watchmaker Breitling has been making high-end time instruments for professionals. Breitling watches are frequently branded by their polished cases and bracelets with large watch faces which are designed to increase the readability of the watch in a variety of environments. They have a worldwide reputation for creating luxurious, versatile, and durable timepieces. Their brand maxim of performance, precision, and sturdiness has made them the brand of choice for experts in the diving and aviation spheres as well as those who live high-end lifestyles.

Photo of the Breitling Flying Fish Chronograph inspired by Herbert Nitsch
The Breitling Flying Fish Chronograph inspired by Herbert Nitsch

The dependability combined with the attractive design has made Breitling the official watch supplier of world aviation. Breitling is also one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movement, which is entirely developed and manufactured in their own workshops and is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands. As Breitling keeps its finger on the pulse of all things extreme; they sponsor an event called the Breitling Extreme 800 which is an 800 foot free dive in the ocean. Free diving involves diving underwater without the use of any external breathing devices or scuba gear. It is an extremely deep dive on a single breath of air and who better to attempt this amazing feat than the Breitling sponsored Herbert Nitsch?

Herbert Nitsch is an Austrian airline pilot and free-diver who is the current world record champion in free diving. Known as the “deepest man on earth,” he has achieved thirty two official world records to date. Nitsch who has been nicknamed “The Flying Fish,” has been a Breitling representative for years and has a watch named after him called the Chronomat 44 Flying Fish. Nitsch recently announced that he is preparing for the Breitling Extreme 800 in Greece which is an 800 foot free drive off of the isle of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Nitsch plans on utilizing a “no-limit” sled to aid him in his ultra-deep dive.

Herbert Nitsch, Austrian pilot and free diver
Herbert Nitsch, Austrian pilot and free diver

He has documented his training efforts and videos of his progress can be seen online where he can be seen wearing Breitling watches. This is truly a testament to just how durable and dependable these premium timepieces are. Breitling reports that Nitsch’s highly successful trials have provided the opportunity to check the performance of the “torpedo sled” facilitating the champion’s descent and ascent, complete with its underfoot ballast system, as well as the overhead inflatable buoy for bringing the diver back to the surface – all on a single breath.

Nitsch states that he plans on attempting a 900 then his ultimate goal of a 1000 foot dive after the Breitling Extreme 800 which is to take place in the summer of 2012.


Honoring 2011 Reno Air Races Breitling Redesigns Colt Watch Collection

Honoring 2011 Reno Air Races Breitling Redesigns Colt Watch Collection.
Honoring 2011 Reno Air Races Breitling Redesigns Colt Watch Collection.

In honor of the Reno Air Races, Breitling redesigned their renowned sturdy Colt Watch Collection. The Reno Air Races have been held in Reno, Nevada for almost 50 years and Breitling was the event’s main sponsor this year. Each year thousands of air race enthusiasts gather for a five day event, to witness the most prestigious air races in the world. The pilots compete to win in various courses indicated by markers on the ground set by pylons.

To commemorate the Reno Air Races, Breitling recently unveiled their newly redesigned Colt luxury watches and a Reno Air Races multiplayer game made for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and any mobile devices that run on Android. This game allows players to take front seat in the Reno Air Races experience, by allowing the player to pit their plane against others in multiplayer mode or in solo mode. This game allows the player to feel and experience what the actual pilots feel and experience in the Reno Air Races.


Honoring 2011 Reno Air Races Breitling Redesigns Colt Watch Collection.
Honoring 2011 Reno Air Races Breitling Redesigns Colt Watch Collection.

Breitling’s newly re-purposed Colt Watch series keeps the same feel, but gets a completely fresh look. These designer watches are famous for their resilience and precision. Breitling constructed these fantastic timepieces out of stainless steel and scratch resistant sapphire. Breitling adorned the round sturdy bezel with stamped numbers and added exclusively designed rounded numbers to the stunning dials. Designed for adventure, these sporty watches come equipped with an impressive water resistant feature of up to 500 meters, a SuperQuartz™ movement and a one comes with a chronograph. The SuperQuartz™ movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).


The Colt 33 is a lady’s luxury watch distinguished by the 33mm dial, bejeweled bezel and delicate colors. These watches combine an ultra sporty flair with a chic design, from the polished round case with stamped numbers to the water resistant feature up to 500 meters.
Equipped with SuperQuartz™ movement, the Colt Chronograph II performs more accurately than ordinary quartz watches. The 44mm dial features two dub dials and a fast timezone-change system. This watch comes with a water resistant feature up to 300 meters.


Finally, the Colt 44 represents with distinguished screwed down stainless steel brushed case and bezel and a thick unblemished sapphire crystal. These sturdy features allow this watch to travel up to 500 meters into any body of water. Breitling also equipped the Colt 44 luxury watches with SuperQuartz™ movement.

Breitling’s Feminine Side

Breitling Women’s Windrider

Breitling has been turning out high end precision Swiss watches since 1884.  They own a reputation of exceptional quality and innovative design.  These timepieces are true timekeeping instruments, which offer extreme functionality wrapped in bold and luxurious packages.  Although most of Breitling’s creations are reserved for men, they do have some really striking women’s watches, like the Windrider Starliner line.  These timepieces allow for all of Breitling’s ingenuity to shine through in a more feminine fashion.

The Breitling Windrider Starliner A7134053.K512.360A is one of their Swiss Quartz models.  Its stunning good looks start with the pink Mother-of-Pearl dial, which has been accented by brilliant round cut diamonds acting as the hour markers.  The bezel is crafted of polished steel and is also adorned with diamonds.  As with all Breitling’s this watch is fitted with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 330 feet.  The bracelet on this women’s watch is presented in a highly polished steel link, complete with locking fold over clasp.  The Windrider Starliner is all Swiss made and carries Breitling’s reputation for luxury watch making.  This is definitely a watch for the woman who knows what she wants.  It is commanding, and at the same time exudes a feminine aura.  You can’t go wrong with this watch…Breitlings’ are simply the best!