We repeat, don’t unscrew the antenna cap unless it’s really an emergency.” If you know anything about that which Breitling’s iconic Emergency watch does, then the main reason for their care shouldn’t be difficult to comprehend. The Emergency II view, like the first Emergency before it, is a timepiece with a distress beacon built into it — and such functionality makes it among the most interesting and arguably “special” contemporary high-end watches of our time.There is a whole lot to say about the Breitling Emergency II watch and its contemporary history, which in certain instances is really more interesting than the watch itself. You might recall that it was years ago back in 2013 when Breitling first debuted the Emergency II timepiece. Shortly afterwards, aBlogtoWatch went hands-on with Breitling’s latest “emergency rescue watch” here. It wasn’t until a few years later that the opinion was available for purchase, and even more after that before the Breitling Emergency II was lawfully available for sale at the United States.Breitling actually needed to function with a few special lobbyist-style individuals in Washington D.C. to persuade the US Government to produce an exception for their apparatus communication rules in order for your Emergency II to be legally sold. I don’t recall all of the details since it was some time since I looked in the paperwork, but I believed Breitling in their narrative that the procedure to get the Emergency II available for sale in the US was equally hard and expensive.
Adjustments to this Superocean Heritage II over the I are subtle but important. What Breitling actually did is speech the “aging” of the Superocean Heritage, that was all about parts and materials over design. The Superocean Heritage has been and continues to be a good money-maker to get Breitling, being among the most popular and attractive models. The Superocean name is derived from a historical diving view of the exact same name published about 70 years back by Breitling, whose look was “revived” from the Superocean Heritage. If the hour hand is bisected and the second hand sporting a more striking tapering, it’s the Generation II.While it is increasingly common for luxury watch brands to follow “The Rolex Way” of upgrading existing versions over and over again as time goes on, the practice is more rare than you may be led to believe. Though, lately manufacturers have observed value in sticking with “pillar” goods and continually refining them over time so as to make them attractive to new customers and to encourage current customers to update. That is truly just something you can do with a good heart design. Breitling has more or less followed this strategy, but in a really different manner, While they certainly have their share of pillar versions, there are cases when fresh generation versions of existing names aren’t necessarily improved preceding versions. Sometimes they are merely “distinct,” without a transparent reason why.
The 2017 Superocean Heritage II is a lot more evident in its purpose – and that’s not to re-imagine the expression of the Superocean Heritage collection, but instead to make it more contemporary. Some of the design choices may be contentious, but for the most part, the Superocean Heritage II is everything we loved about the Superocean Heritage I, with some more modern stuff and in the instance of this three-hand edition, a new movement.A very important question to ask yourself is whether or not you ought to get a good deal on a previous generation Superocean Heritage I or even pony up to the brand new Superocean Heritage II. Is one a good update over the other, or are equally versions appealing in their own way? In fact, a very good argument could be made that although the Superocean Heritage II has some noticeable improvements within the first generation model, depending upon your taste (and capacity to find a deal), the prior generation Superocean Heritage watch might be just as good if not better to your needs.Breitling makes an extremely solid-feeling watch, which in my opinion begins with the circumstance. The brand is very great at helping up well-polished heavy blocks of steel. While lots of modern dive watches offer complicated cases with contrast finishing and other interesting design elements, the Superocean Heritage is all about appearing like a decorative tank. The 42mm-wide or 46mm-wide steel case is entirely polished (using a fantastic finishing) and water resistant to 200m. That said, it seems as though it may take a lot more of a beating. The vintage-inspired design eschews a lot of modern things you may expect to see in a diving watch (for instance, crown guards). So, the sophistication and appealing design of this Superocean Heritage made up for its absence of being a totally “pro” diving tool.
Since 1884 Breitling Watches Service Replica has been creating technical timepieces based on performance and precision. In 1915 the brand created the world’s first independent chronograph with the pushpiece at 2 o’clock. In celebration of this landmark occasion, Breitling has released its Transocean Chronograph 1915 mimicking the very essence of its version which graced our presence 100 years ago.
The Transocean Chronograph 1915 is equipped with the in-house Caliber B14, a hand-wound mechanical movement complete with 33 jewels and a 70-hour power reserve. Additionally, it has an official chronometer certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) as well as its patented chronograph with 1/4th of a second measurement. Its limited edition 43mm steel casing is watertight up to 100 meters and is adorned with a glare proof sapphire crystal on both the watch face as well as the open faced caseback. Though designed with the 1915 version in mind, this new release is innovative in function as well as fashion.
The Transocean Chronograph 1915 pays tribute to its foundation with its Transocean steel casing and revolutionary chronograph push piece at 2 o’clock, yet the style and shape of the monopusher has been redesigned for ergonomic comfort. The symmetry of the stunning twin-zone silver dial is rounded out with a small seconds dial and 30 minute chronograph counter. Designed with aesthetics in mind, the baton-type hands compliment the large Arabic numbers which are colorfully coordinated with a light beige interior.
This limited release Transocean Chronograph 1915 will have “100e anniversaire 1915-2015” engraved on the back. In true collector’s fashion, there will only be 1,915 of these timely pieces released. With a crocodile leather or ocean classic (steel mesh) strap, this beautiful rendition of the century-old monopusher chronograph is priced at $9,275. A truly historical piece, the Transocean Chronograph 1915 is a revitalized and refreshing take Breitling’s milestone piece developed a century ago.