With its massive body looking like it was machined out of a 22-inch light-alloy disk, the new Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 will surprise you with its lightness and superb ergonomics. However, if a Bentley Continental GT is not the “other” car you use for going shopping at the time when your Mulsanne is at the dealership for scheduled maintenance, this new watch may be a bit too expensive for the combination of features and materials that it features.
It pays off to be a Swiss air force pilot. While most aerobatics teams barely receive even sporadic attention of major watchmaking brands, Switzerland’s only team of professional pilots gets its name immortalized the third time in less than three years. Back in 2011, Oris and IWC commemorated the 20th anniversary of their current paint scheme and now Breitling, another key watchmaker, celebrates the semicentenary of the team itself. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT Patroulle Suisse 50th Anniversary automatic chronograph with second time zone indication.
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.
Next month, during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 industry fair, the Swiss watchmaker will introduce a new member to its constantly growing Chronomat family of chronographs. Called Breitling Chronomat GMT 44mm, the new automatic wristwatch will be presented in a less intimidating stainless steel body only 44 millimeters in size. Equipped with a second time zone indicator, a chronograph and a date display, the watch delivers practically all functions that you can expect from a “sporty” timekeeper.
With its 2011 Chronomat GMT chronograph Breitling presents its new in-house movement, the Caliber B04. Can’t say anything about mankind, but for a brand that for all of its modern history used to equip their ultra-luxury timekeepers with nothing more exciting than ETA blank movements that were re-finished and fine-tuned to qualify for COSC certification, this is a huge step forward. I just hope they won’t stumble.