Swiss watchmaker Breitling is in the middle of a reinvention stage at the moment, one that is producing a ton of intriguing and impressive models. A new CEO, at the form of Georges Kern, took on the helm in 2017, and he has instigated a dramatic shakeup of this 136-year-old brand. Breitling watches are famous for their own ultra-masculine and extremely technical layouts; nonetheless, Breitling has set about simplifying its output to appeal to a wider, less niche audience.
The portfolio today spans 10 collections, encompassing watches intended for air, land, and sea. It’s all indicated a successful turnaround in the organization’s fortunes, making the type of robustly trendy watches that may be worn daily and in a wide selection of circumstances. Below we select out three of Breitling’s very popular models.
The debut Breitling Superocean was released in 1957 and represented the brand’s first dive watch following decades concentrating mainly on aviation versions.
But on the 50th anniversary of the first in 2007, Breitling emerged together with the Superocean Heritage, a group with its aesthetics taken straight in the inaugural series, together with the best of modern technology. Issued in a number of guises, clients could take their choice from straightforward three-handers or chronographs in a host of different colours. The Superocean became among the bestselling Breitling watches and was updated again in 2017 with all the Superocean Heritage II, which added 46mm models to go together with the 42mm and 44mm examples.
The visual differences between the two generations are minimal, with all the more recent range making use of a super hard, unscratchable ceramic for your bezel insert in place of the prior aluminum, together with a subtle redesign of the handset. The larger changes are on the inside, with the former models powered by ETA-based moves while the latter use a mix of homegrown calibers (the Breitling B01 in the latest chronographs editions) in addition to the B20, based on Tudor’s excellent MT5612 for its date and time pieces.
Metal alternatives also vary; the majority of the Superocean models are in stainless steel, with a couple of 18k red gold pieces available also. In general, both Superocean Heritage iterations are superbly handsome, elegant dive watches, and can frequently be found at some rather attractive price points. Not predicted to make a record of understated and small Breitling watches, the Avenger II Seawolf is an utter leviathan of a timepiece. Even so, its angled lugs imply that it hugs the wrist securely despite its bulk. However, its incredible water resistance of 3,000m lets you know that it was obviously designed for another kind of role completely. That bezel also features Breitling’s signature rider tabs at the four cardinal points, first introduced to the latter-day Chronomat, which makes manipulating the bezel simpler submerged.
On the dial, huge implemented hour markers, either Arabic numerals or batons, keep it all extremely readable, with the hour and minute hands swamped with lume plus a splash of bright red on the tip of the hand for improved legibility. Power comes from the Breitling B17 — a reworking of this ETA 2824, quite possibly the most widely used third-party motion of them all. The B17 is utilized in several of Breitling watches and offers a proven track record of reliability and precision. A wholly dependable workhorse, it beats 28,800vph and offers a 38-hour reserve.
As before, it is issued in a range of colours, with the steel bits given a choice of black, grey, or blue dials, while the 18k red gold example includes a bronze-colored face. All versions are versatile, with a certain air of formality supporting them. With its mix of classic nostalgia, coupled with the prestige of an in-house motor, the Aviator 8 B01 chronographs is a superb offering and also an exciting step forward in Breitling.