Watch Insider Unveils 3 New Breitling Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 RavenThis is what I would call a nice line extension. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I offer a look at three newly released Breitling watches (or “Instruments for Professionals,” as Breitling would call them): the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition, Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven, and Breitling Galactic 44.

 

The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition plays with the history of Breitling. Inspired by a model from 1958 (an ultra-precise, anti-shock, anti-magnetic and super-water-resistant watch that was released during the boom in intercontinental air travel), the Transocean reflects the spirit of great journeys and luxury long-haul aircraft. The watch features a two-tone dial with two vintage-style counters, and a double caseback complete with a cover. The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition limited series reinterprets the “contemporary-classic” style of the Transocean line; it is a tribute to Breitling’s long history of making chronographs.

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition - front

 

Specs:
Movement: Breitling manufacture Calibre 01; officially chronometer-certified by COSC; self-winding; frequency = 28,800 vph; 47 jewels; 70-plus-hour power reserve; 1/8th second chronograph and 30-minute totalizer; calendar Case: Steel; water-resistant to 100 meters/330 ft.; convex sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides; double caseback with transparent sapphire crystal; diameter = 43 mm
Dial: Mercury silver
Straps/bracelets: Barenia leather, crocodile leather, Military/Ocean Classic.
Price: $9,695 on steel Ocean Classic

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition - back
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The Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven belongs to the Chronomat family that was launched in 1984. The Breitling Chronomat has established itself as among the most reputable Swiss-made mechanical chronographs, valued for its precision, sturdiness, readability, and functionality, as well as outstanding water resistance. Breitling now issues this model in a special series accentuating its technical, masculine style. The satin-brushed steel case is entirely clad in black, with a high-resistance carbon-based coating matching the rubber strap. The unidirectional rotating bezel features orange rubber inlaid numerals creating a powerful and highly legible contrast. The same bright orange touches appear on the inner bezel, the chronograph seconds hand, and the counter pointers.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

Specs:
Movement: Breitling manufacture Caliber 01, officially chronometer-certified by COSC; self-winding; frequency = 28,800 vph, 47 jewels, 70-hour-plus power reserve; 1/8th second chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers; calendar.
Case: Black steel; water-resistant to 200 meters/660 ft.; screw-locked crown and push pieces; unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel; domed sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides; transparent sapphire crystal caseback; diameter = 44 mm
Dial: Onyx Black
Straps: Rubber Diver Pro or Ocean Racer
Price: $9,825

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven - Caseback

 

Rounding out the trio, the Breitling Galactic 44 is a sporty, versatile and sophisticated model, intended for all those whose activities do not necessarily require chronograph functions, but who are nonetheless looking for a watch that is at once sturdy, accurate and reliable. Adding to the 41-mm self-winding version and the two 36-mm and 32-mm ladies’ models already on the market, Breitling now introduces a new, larger-sized watch to the collection. In adopting a 44-mm diameter, the Galactic has strengthened its technical and masculine appeal. The unidirectional rotating bezel has a satin-brushed finish and is enhanced with black, rubber-inlaid hour-markers, while the dial features two apertures for the day and date at 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock, respectively, along with a compass scale and a graduated scale with 1/100th-hour divisions on the inner bezel.

Breitling Galactic 44 - front

Specs:
Movement: Breitling Caliber 45 (the base is either an ETA or Sellita); officially chronometer-certified by COSC; self-winding; 28,800 vph, 25 jewels; day/date calendar
Case: Steel; water-resistant to 200 meters/660 ft.; unidirectional, ratcheted rotating bezel with compass scale; domed sapphire crystal, glare proofed on both sides; diameter = 44 mm
Dials: Trophy black, Metallica blue, Sierra silver.
Straps/Bracelet: leather, crocodile leather, rubber Diver Pro, Military/Pilot
Price: $4,850 on rubber strap

Breitling Galactic 44 - side

 

Why Do Comic Book Super-Heroes Never Have Time for Watches?

Breitling Emergency on Tanguy LaverdureEvery time a watch brand lands a deal with an actor or a studio, and every time a watch is prominently featured on screen, the online watch community immediately recognizes and responds to it. We know exactly which star wears what watch model — and also which ones immediately change their preferred watch brand as soon as the shooting is over. Of course, most of us can spot it if an actor wears a fake, regardless of how beautiful she looks next to Nathan Fillion and his Omega DeVille. But it seems that a hero has to be “real” to draw interest from the watch industry.

Allow me to explain what I mean. As a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, I rarely see anything that tells time on the wrist of a comic book hero – a fictional character that I usually have a much longer and intimate relationship than with any movie star playing that character. I basically grew up with Tintin, Asterix, Spider-Man, Batman, and other such icons. I lived in the Marvel and DC Universes for a considerable amount of time during my youth, I witnessed the rise of Image Comics, and I consider myself an honorary “Watchman” in every way possible. I also know that I was not the only one who made regular visits to the Far Side. But despite the huge influence and circulation of graphic novels (and let’s not even start with all the anime in Japan), the watch industry seems to ignore this entire segment of literature, while continuing to pursue product placement not only in films but occasionally in books and even in computer games (e.g., James Bond’s Omega Seamaster 300 in “GoldenEye 007” for the Nintendo 64) — not to mention some toys, if you remember our last article on that topic.

Linde Werdelin did at least use a graphic novel-style visual approach for one of its an ad campaigns a couple of years back, but in the sense of a proper product placement, we longtime fans now face the strange situation that we know that Robert Downey Jr. wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre as Tony Stark/Iron Man, but we have no idea not what the original Tony Stark — the one in the comics — wears on his wrist.

Robert Downey with JLC Amvox

One of the few exceptions: Tanguy and Laverdure, a French/Belgian comic about the adventures of two military pilots that was first published in 1961. In one of the more recent stories, a Breitling Emergency is introduced into the story, though the brand isn’t mentioned by name. Imagine how easy, comparatively cheap, and — most of all — unbelievable cool it would have been for a brand like Breitling to throw their support behind the great artist(s) behind the comic in exchange for this exposure. Or if IWC, for instance, convinced Buck Danny (another military flying ace character from a Franco-Belgian comics series) to wear a proper pilots’ watch. It certainly would not require super powers to do a deal like that… and none of the heroes would switch to a different brand after the bad guys were defeated.

Breitling Emergency on Tanguy Laverdure

WatchTime’s Top 10 Watches to Watch… What Was Your Favorite?

Every week, we pick one watch to showcase in our “Watch to Watch” feature, which covers candidates from large, popular brands as well as smaller brands and independent watchmakers. Here we spotlight the most popular “Watches to Watch” of the past few years, based on page views. What are your personal favorite watches to watch?

10. Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio

Reference PAM00526 debuted in 2013, containing a brand-new Panerai movement, Caliber P.9100/R, which has a regatta countdown function.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio
Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio

9. Graham Chronofighter 1695 Erotic

Graham’s Chronofighter Erotic watch comes in five different versions, each bearing a different erotic scene engraved on the caseback inspired by 18th century English literature, the Indian Kama Sutra, Japan’s Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and Chinese and Italian literature.

Graham Chronofighter 1695 Erotic
Graham Chronofighter 1695 Erotic

8. Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo

Another Panerai makes the list, this one inspired by the brand’s naval origins, featuring a military green dial and bronze case.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo