Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel SuperQuartz is the world’s first chronograph that was built to operate at depth up to 1000 meters, if need be. Delivered in an imposing carbon-reinforced stainless steel case, the new ahem technically limited edition timekeeper justifies its impressive price with bold styling and one of the most accurate quartz mechanisms out there. After all, there are not so many divers that are officially certified as chronometers.
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the world’s first automatic chronograph, Breitling has presented the 2009 rose gold Chrono-matic QP (ref. R29360) limited-edition chronograph that sports a rare “perpetual calendar” complication.
Breitling’s limited-edition SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph 125th Anniversary “diver” was first presented in June 2009. Available with three colors of dial and two types of straps (including a gorgeous Ocean Classic stainless steel bracelet,) it offers a clean look and crisp, easy to read dial. What more can you ask from what is essentially a luxury diving tool? Well, perhaps a water resistance rating better than the official “200 meters” would be great.
Originally introduced to the Professional line back in 2006, Breitling’s hi-tech Airwolf electronic chronograph with a digital-analog display is now available as the Airwolf Raven special-edition model.
The recent series of Breitling for Bentley GMT Chronographs is equipped with a chronometer movement officially certified by the local COSC authority. Presented in a predictably larger than life case, which is currently available both in steel and in 18-karat rose gold (and something tells me that there is also a two-tone version on the way,) the “sporty” collection makes a strong impression: if not with its style, then with its shameless kitschiness.
The 2009 Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversary successfully mixes the brand’s signature bold styling with the legendary slide-rule bezel in a surprisingly compact 43 mm stainless steel case. Although I find some of its design elements puzzling to say the least (I am talking mostly about the “unique” Air Racer bracelet that, to my eyes, looks here like a set of polished 22-inch light alloy rims on a 1946 Cadillac Series 62 coupe: they do the job, but make an awkward impression), with the bracelet replaced for something more adequate the gadget will be a crown jewel in any collection of pilot’s watches.