Breitling Chronomat 38 SleekT recognizes the ingenious spirit of women and their tenacity to take charge and command precision instruments. Breitling captures this tenacious spirit in the feminine design of Chronomat 38 SleekT – a feminine contemporary elegant yet sporty watch.
Breitling Chronomat first appeared in 1984 as a precision instrument designed specifically to cater to the needs of elite international pilots. Breitling re-envisioned this precision model to produce a sleek yet elegant watch that enraptures feminine wrists in a contemporary yet commanding style.
Chronomat 38 SleekT classic momentum take off in a 38mm diameter case with a dual sided glare-proofed sapphire crystal which is complemented by a high-tech, ultra-hard and scratch resistant smooth bezel made of tungsten carbide. Select dials are offered in a bold black lacquered or exquisite mother-of-pearl dial with or without diamond hour markers, as well as an optional diamond-set steel bezel model. The dials along with the tungsten carbide bezel harmoniously contrasts with the watch’s satin polished steel case, which is dressed with a stainless steel bracelet giving the watch an elegant sporty edge (a gold leather crocodile strap version is also available).
Chronomat 38 SleekT still delivers its original precise performance with a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the prestigious COSC. Breitling designed this enigmatic Chronomat 38 SleekT for that on-the-go professional woman that is as in command of time as she is of her professional schedule and personal lifestyle – all precisely timed in elegant sporty style.
Breitling’s ongoing partnership with legendary automaker Bentley has lead to an upcoming Baselworld debut of the Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon watch, a collaborative venture inspired by the massive Bentley 6.75 litre engine inside Mulsanne limousines.
Breitling Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon chronograph delivers a powerful statement cladded entirely in midnight (black) – a cladding process Breitling achieved employing a special ultra-resistant carbon-based treatment.
Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon chronograph is engineered with a 49mm black steel case presented with a radiator grill motif dial which offers a subtle peek of the Breitling self-winding Caliber 44B movement with chronometer-certified by the COSC. Three sub-dials display a small seconds at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock and has a large dual date aperture at 12 o’clock for readability. The main crown is screw locked allowing for a water resistance up 100 meters.
Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon chronograph bezel resembles the signature Bentley wheel tread pattern along with its sporty black rubber strap with DLC stainless steel push button folding clasp. Another stunning feature is the caseback which resembles the five-spoke motif of the Bentley wheel rims.
Breitling Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon is a limited edition watch of only 1,000 pieces and it is slated to debut at Baselworld 2014. This masculine watch is priced at $10,945.
Is speed your mantra? The Breitling Bentley Supersports timepiece limited series of chronographs is an engineered tribute to start your engines.
Breitling for Bentley Supersports timepiece design presents a virtual “dashboard-style” dial that will, as the lyrics of song “Born to be Wild” says it best, “Get your motor runnin’; Head out on the highway; Lookin’ for adventure;…Racin’ with the wind…”; leave you feeling like you were born to be wild. Breitling for Bentley Supersports has a Royal Ebony dial accentuated with ringed counters and inner bezels available in vibrant colors of blue, orange or white. It bears Bentleys’ doubled wing B signature emblem (at 12 o’clock) – its mark of distinction. It is the super chronograph that commemorates the Bentley Continental Supersports ISR donned the fastest and most powerful car ever made by the British manufacturer and is also the holder of the world ice speed record, at a breathtaking speed of 205.48 mph.
The Breitling for Bentley Supersports sporty chassis houses Breitling Calibre 26B movement, self-winding chronograph movement chronometer, which is certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 38 jewels, center 60 minute totalizer, 12 hour totalizer and calendar.
It has a 49 mm diameter steel case with a cambered sapphire crystal, which is glare-proof on both sides. The wrist strap is available in Barenia leather, Bentley leather, crocodile leather or rubber/Speed. Its instrumentation includes a rotating bezel that activates the variable tachometer – Breitlings’ exclusive feature that measures average speed of time elapsed; and it is embellished with a distinctive knurled motif found on Bentley dashboard controls.
Breitling and Bentley are brands sharing a commitment to always manufacture instruments built with precision and performance. It is this shared heritage of excellence that attracted the two to partner and develop an exceptional collection of chronographs in 2003. 2003 also marked Bentley’s glorious return to the winners circle when its cars won at Le Mans. Bentleys’ cars won 2 car races in amazing style, taking the first two places in the ranking. Breitling partnered with Bentley and issued a limited edition chronograph which sold out in exceptional speed; these wins lead to the Breitling for Bentley collections. Breitling for Bentley series unifies these two worlds of sophistication and proficiency – British chic and Swiss tradition.
The Breitling for Bentley Supersports collection is available in three colors (orange, white and blue) and has a limited edition of 1000-piece per color. The fact that Breitling for Bentley Supersports collections have sold out so quickly in the past, is an advisable suggestion for connoisseurs interested in this collection put the pedal to the metal to purchase one of these distinctive timepieces before they are gone.
Zodiac is a brand that many adventurists hold in high regard. Similar to Breitling, Zodiac embodies the features anyone rugged would find useful in a watch. With price points at an attainable $700-900, Zodiac watches are the best choice for timepieces that can survive just about anything.
The popular Racer collection of Swiss-made Zodiac watches features a variety of chronographs with exposed lugs, oversized faces, and stopwatch pushers that resemble the pedals of a car. Popular in racing circuits, the Zodiac Racer offers 7 different styles of ion-plated grey, black or silver stainless steel and titanium cases contained by either rubber or stainless steel wrist bands.
Made with similar materials, rugged styling, and with surprisingly fewer standard features, the Breitling Colt Chronograph (below, right) and the Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph range from $3850-$5650. Neither Brietling uses titanium or any precious metal and neither chronographs are standard so if you find those features useful for whatever you do, you’d have to pay extra for it.
Zodiac’s Special Ops collection has illuminating LED backlight around the dial and behind each accent so you can even see your watch in the dark, perfect for those Swiss-timed stealth missions. Besides the price, the only stark difference between the Zodiac and the Breitling is certification. Breitling’s self-winding movement is officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, which is the French acronym for the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. Breitling is also water-resistant up to 660 feet. Zodiac’s Diver collection features 16 styles that all get 20 ATM or better.
Now if you’re after something a bit more stylish, Emporio Armani timepieces offer the name brand, some decent features all at a price below Zodiac. The Emporio Armani Sportivo watch offers 20 different styles ranging from ion-plated stainless steel to an array of colors matched with silicone or steel bands. Two silicone-banded models are water-resistant up to 20 ATM–yes, the same 660 feet Breitlings get. From $300-475 the Sportivo Emporio Armani watches rely more on the brand’s namesake than anything else and is more fashion-focused. While the silicone bands and designs are sports-inspired, the Sportivo line only offers two models that have water-resistance that many adventurists look for and none of them have chronographs.
Of the three sports watches, Zodiac combines fashion and function with chronographs fitted with unique pushers, LED backlighting, rugged appeal and a water resistance that can take you beyond all human limits. The Breitling does the same thing, but is water resistant up to 660 feet and is COSC-certified. But all that comes at a hefty $5000 price tag and again, you’ll have to pay extra for the chronograph that comes on all but a few Zodiacs. COSC-certified or not, the Swiss-made Zodiac is the best buy that boasts it’s own unique style and rugged construction that can take it as you take on the elements.
Time is running out (pun not so much intended as unavoidable) to get your bid in for the first of 500 limited editionwatches Breitling has designed to commemorate the 2011 centennial anniversary of American Naval Aviation. For the last year, the Breitling Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf #1 has been around the world and into space on the arms of world-famous aviators and will now go to auction to help raise money for youth scholarships to the National Flight Academy.
The bidding ends on February 29 and the highest bidder will be presented with the watch by astronaut Mark Kelly – who wore it into space on Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final mission in May – along with the Official Aviators’ Flight Log Book that accompanied each aviator on each individual flight.
During the last year, the Breitling Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf #1 has been worn by a host of illustrious and accomplished aviators:
• Mark Kelly – US Astronaut married to US Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Kelly wore Airwolf #1 while commanding his final mission, and the final mission of space shuttle Endeavor, in May 2011.
• Jaques Bothelin – Leader of the Breitling Jet Team that flew an 18-day East Mediterranean Tour over five countries in June/July.
• Charlie Brown – Well-known British Warbird Pilot.
• Lee Proudfoot – British Professional Formation Display Pilot and member of the Old Flying Machine Company who spent seven years “Bush” flying for the British Antarctic Survey as chief pilot.
• Keith Skilling – B777 Captain at Air New Zealand and Warbird Display Pilot.
• Thom Richards – Former USAF General who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
• Matthias Dolderer – German “Flying Bulls” Pilot, won 8th place in the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
• Major Dietmar Springer – of the Austrian Air Force.
• Francesco Fornabaio – Italian Freestyle Aerobatic Pilot.
• Ernst Frei – Chief Pilot and Operations Director for Super Constellation Flyers in Switzerland.
• Oliver Masurel – French World Aerobatic Champion.
• Flying Blue Angel #1, Capt. Greg McWherter – former TOPGUN instructor and Commander of the “World Famous Golden Dragons.”
The proceeds from the auction will benefit the “Breitling Scholars” program to the National Flight Academy, “whose programs use immersive learning techniques to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through aviation-inspired scenarios and simulation.” According to Breitling, the program has enjoyed outstanding success – not just academically, but also behaviorally – boasting 80 percent reduction in dropouts, 90 percent reduction in truancy and 100 percent reduction in disciplinary problems. The “Breitling Scholars” program sends 100 students annually to attend a simulated aircraft carrier simulation camp in Pensacola, Fla.
Per the NFA website: “The National Flight Academy is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”
“I am excited to have inaugurated the journey of this timepiece and appreciate the good it will do to support STEM education in our nation’s middle and high school,” said Kelly.
As of February 25 at 4PM, the bid was up to $48,500.
“The National Flight Academy is overwhelmed by the generosity of Breitling to allow the rich historical relevance of the #1 Airwolf watch to benefit the most modern learning program in the nation,” said NFA President, Gerry Hoewing. “The money raised from this auction will enable students from all over the world to improve performance in science, technology, engineering and math.”
Of the other 499 pieces produced, 50 will be given to the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation of which Breitling is a Silver National Sponser. The remaining pieces have been on sale since last year and the numbers are dwindling – the Breitling Boutique in Manhattan has only a few left. Priced at $4,500 each, $100 also gets donated back to the Foundation.