On the new Colt, the markings are precisely engraved into the satin-finished bezel, which slopes gently down toward its outer rim. The bezel clicks through 120 measures compared to the 60 notches on the bezel of this Colt Super-ocean, even though the additional steps aren’t required for to-the-minute placing of a dive’s start time. The new Colt Automatic also repeats the Superocean’s 24-hour scale and infrequent 1/100s-hour scale, called a “aeronautic hundredths scale.” The Colt Automatic’s 200-meter water resistance falls short of the prior version’s 1,000-meter thickness evaluation, but still provides a lot of water resistance for a divers’ watch. A sturdy, stainless-steel case with a doubly insulated back helps maintain the watch intact in deep dives. The Professional III stainless-steel bracelet has a safety catch and a folding grip that hinges open on both sides. The bracelet, the Professional III, can be adjusted in the clasp or by eliminating screwed links at either end of the grip. The watch is also worn on a leather strap or onto either an Ocean Racer or Diver Professional rubberized strap.Any of these would make the watch lighter than the 194 grams it weighs on a stainless-steel necklace. (Despite being relatively thick, the watch is still quite comfortable to wear.) The leather strap is pleasantly supple, but its buckle looks somewhat rickety.In its guise as Breitling Caliber 17, the ETA 2824-2 in the new Colt is only moderately adorned, but has made chronometer certification. The Colt’s typical speed was almost completely free of deviations when analyzed on our digital timing machine using the mainspring fully wound and afterwards running for 24 hours. This small sluggishness persisted day after day, but the 1-second deviation drops within the chronometric tolerance range. We also noted a difference in the amplitudes, which in the hanging places declined by almost 60 levels within the span of a single day. That is a sizable dip, but the average rate remained untouched by the decrease and is commendable entire.
Just a few days ago at their New York boutique Brielting unveiled its entry into the connected watch market with the Exospace B55. The new entry embraces technology and the future and also stays true to its Swiss roots. On hand for the event was former astronaut and brand ambassador Mark Kelly and Breitling Vice President Jean-Paul Girardin.
First things first, this is not a smart watch. This is not a device that will track your heartbeat, count your steps or determine how many calories you burned during your last workout. This is a piece that is designed for professionals — and given Breitling’s connection to aviation and racing, the chronograph is central to the connected watch’s functionality.
Using the friendliness of the user interface of the various smart watches on the market, Breitling has sought to enhance the functionality of the Exosoace. The phone application for the watch allows users to easily set time zones, alarms, displays and operating parameters, and night mode. Additionally, the watch can send excel friendly spreadsheets of recorded time that details different lap times, split times, etc. The watch can also display text messages, email alerts, appointment reminders and callers name and number for incoming phone calls. Unique to the watch is how it can help pilots record and keep track of information necessary for completing a flight log. Using the chronograph pushers, taxi time, flight time and time to gate can all be captured with the watch and then uploaded to the app for the user to email the pertinent data.
Powering the watch is a SuperQuatrz battery the boasts a two month battery when fully charged. It is charged via a magnetically linked cord and the SuoerQuartz movement is 10 times more accurate that traditional quartz movements. The case of the watch is done in titanium and features a rotating bezel. The face features hour, minute and second hands and also features two LCD digital displays used to show the various read outs of the connected piece. The LCD displays comes to life with either a push of the winding crown or a tilt of the wrist. The diameter is 46mm, but wears a lot smaller due to the curvature of the lugs. A strong consideration for pilots and professionals who routinely take advantage of their chronographs, the watch is real steal at $8,900.
Movement Tech Specs:
Manufacture Breitling Caliber B55, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermocompensated SuperQuartzTM, analog and digital 12/24-hour LC backlit display. 1/100th of a second chronograph, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Countdown/Countup (or MET Mission Elapsed Time), flight time chronograph, lap timer chronograph, electronic tachymeter, countdown, 2nd timezone, 7 daily alarms, perpetual calendar with week display, battery change indicator. Case: black titanium. Water-resistant to 100 m/330 ft. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides. Diameter: 46 mm. Dial: Volcano black. Strap: TwinPro.