It keeps getting better. Breitling has just released a PR blurb regarding its new vintage-style Transocean series. Equipped with their relatively fresh in-house self-winding chronograph movement, the new 2013 Breitling Transocean Chronograph GMTadds a second time zone functionality to the elegant collection making it look more complete.
According to the Swiss watchmaker, the watch is animated by their own Caliber B04 COSC-certified automatic chronometer movement that already powers a number of their recent GMT models including the last year’s Chronomat GMT 44 mm chronograph.
Manufactured in their own production facilities, the movement sports some nice decor that, while laconic, is still a pleasure to admire. It was a shame that the aforementioned Chronomat GMT hid the mechanism behind the customary solid steel case back cover. This new Breitling Transocean Chronograph GMT addresses this issue with a display back that allows you to take a good look at the movement through a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Another pleasant surprise here is the dial that features a fine guilloche pattern on its silver or black surface. While not detracting a single bit of the timekeeper’s mojo, the motif not only makes this watch more wearable with formal attire (even despite its slightly oversized body of 43 millimeters in diameter) but also creates a more contrast background for its main indicators including the bright red, spear-shaped second time zone hour hand.
The latter, by the way, can be manipulated with no hassle at all: you only need to pull the crown and turn it either clockwise or counterclockwise to move the GMT hand in one-hour increments and setting the time without affecting minutes and seconds indicators. Must be a handy feature to those frequent travelers that cross the Pond several times a week.
Like many watches offered by Breitling, this Transocean Chronograph GMT will, too, be sold as a limited edition. While versions in stainless steel will be produced in a total run of 2000 pieces, the Transocean in 18-karat rose gold cases will only be limited to 200 examples, which will probably make them more difficult to obtain if you don’t have the money on hand and will have to save a little before your son’s graduation ceremony.
Breitling Transocean Chronograph GMT Limited Edition specification
Price: $9400 (MSRP, stainless steel)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber B04, in-house, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 47
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: More than 70 hours
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes on bridges, sunburst pattern on the oscillating weight, polished screw heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date
Case: Stainless steel (2000 pcs) / 18-karat Rose gold (200 pcs)
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 15.75 mm
Lug width: 22 mm
Dial: Black / Silver
Numerals: Arabic (24-hour scale, printed)
Hour markers: Luminous dots
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Fine Barenia or crocodile leather strap, crocodile leather/Ocean Classic stainless steel mesh bracelet (steel version only)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating on both sides