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Introducing Breitling Watches New Website

I ran into a pleasant surprise today, Breitling has a new website, totally redesigned from yesterday. Here are a few features that I like:

1. The Landing Page
Breitling new website’s landing page includes some links that were kind of hidden on the old site. In the top right corner you can quickly change the site language. In the top left corner there are quick links to Models, Retailers, Air Time, Technology, History, and Breitling For Bentley collection. At the bottom right corner the choices include Portfolio, Breitling World Time (more about this tomorrow), News, Contact, and the Breitling Copyright information.

2. Breitling Watch Model Display
On the old website the Breitling Models were displayed in the bottom and sometimes froze up and took up screen realestate. Now you can hover over the ‘All Models’ button and the Breitling models easily fade in and when you move the mouse it easily fades out of the interface.

3. Breitling Model Info More User Friendly
Breitling has also changed the way it gives you details about each of its models. Instead of a sometimes difficult flash interface, when you click on a model it you can easily look at the models Presentation, Versions, Technical Data, Bracelets, and the 360 degree view. Each click opens up a new menu with additional features.

Okay those are my three favorite features of the new site. However, there are two things that I wish they would have fixed:

1. The News Feature
You have to subscribe to Breitling to get upcoming news, however, you hardly ever get anything in your inbox. Breitling should feature news, products, and events on the website for easy access and to keep everyone updated.

2. Mozilla Firefox Functionality
One of my pet peeves with the Breitling website is that when using Mozilla Firefox somethings get cut off including words and pictures. That seems to have not been fixed, especially when a menu reaches out to the edges of the right, left, or bottom screen.

The Breitling Chronomat Watch

The Breitling Chronomat is considered a “leader model” by Breitling. Of course, Breitling enthusiast would argue and say the leader model should be the Navitimer, however by “leader model” I think Breitling means a model that is used to base its designs off of. Maybe every watch in Breitling’s collections started off as a Breitling Chronomat watch? It’s been given the nickname “The Reference” by Breitling and its design hints that historically it has a great significance to the brand.

The Breitling Chronomat was originally created for the Frecce Tricolori Flight Team and just like aviation, has evolved and changed over the years. The heart of the watch is the Breitling Caliber 13, an accurate selfwinding chronograph. Other technical specifications of the Breitling Chronomat include:

42 hour power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
25 jewels
dial aperture calender
6 case version (steel, two tone, steel and gold, 18 k yellow gold, rose gold, white gold)
1,000 foot water resistance
unidirectional and ratcheted bezel
screw-locked crown with 2 gaskets
screwed in back
sapphire crystal glareproofed on each side
43.70 mm case diameter

The Bentley Continental GT Has a Breitling Clock

We all want a Bentley Continental GT, the wood grain, the smell, the paint, the Bentley symbol on front, the rearview mirror, the back left tire, the license plate, the door handle… well you get what time it is.  Speaking of time, did you know that the Bentley Continental GT has a Breitling clock in it?

We all know Breitling and Bentley forged a very lucrative collaboration, and now they have taken it even a step further.  The difference between this clock and other Bentley car clocks is the new logo which is applied to the clock in gold with silver plated hands.  The clock is missing one thing though, a second hand, but who needs them anyway in a car.

With the greatest luxury being time, if you are in a Bentley I doubt you’d be counting seconds.

Breitling Montbrillant Olympus

The Montbrilliant Olympus Breitling Watch towers above other watches like Zeus. It’s made of the finest products and made by arguably the best brand of watches in history. Just look around the watch face, the beaded bezel adds a hard elegance that would be hard to duplicate.

The caliber on this Breitling watch, the Montbrilliant Olympus, is a Breitling Caliber 19 and is complex with 250 components enabling it to measure short times as well as date, day, month, and even moon phases. The Breitling Caliber 19 is so advanced in this Breitling Watch, the Montbrilliant Olympus, that you don’t even have to adjust it for the leap year, it does it by itself.

So what other features can you expect from this Breitling watch? Many features including a self-winding mechanical movement, 42 hour power reserve, and amazing chronograph (1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours), 28,8000 vibrations per hour, 38 jewels, bissextile calendar with pointer, a steel or 18k red gold case, 3 bars of water resistance, bidirectional bezel wit slide rule, non screw-locked crown with two gaskets, screwed in back, cambered sapphire crystal glareproofed both sides, 42.10 mm diameter, 15.10 mm thickness, 84.60 gr weight, and 22/20 mm interhorn width.

Breitling Link Roundup

Today I decided to list a couple of sites that I visit regularly that talk about Breitling watches. Here is this weeks link roundup!

Men’s Watches Breitling Aeormarine Avenger Seawolf was posted by Home Design and Home Improvement Blog http://hlj54.com/ and discusses the Breitling Aeormarine Avenger in detail.

Perry Daniels at FabGoods posted Breitling Flying B Men’s Watch Automatic 18K Rose Gold Amber Dial discussing the watch in detail including great places to purchase at great prices

Cool Watches posted a great video testing the Breitling Emergency watch.

WatchLuxus discussed the New Breitling Airwolf Chronograph for Professional Pilots which include a brief description and links to see more info

Acquire Magazine posted a brief description entitled Breitling Super Avenger Black Steel

Check out these cool links today!

Breitling For Bentley Flying B Diamond Watches

Today I ran across two beautiful Breitling for Bentley Flying B diamond watches. The Breitling for Bentley’s Flying B watch is dedicated to the “winged B”, the mascot for British cars. All watches in the collection have a rectangular case and sophisticated design with an original display mode. Luxury is the main component of these two Breitling watches as the hour markers are sculpted from mother of pearl.

These two watches have been crafted in a red gold and white gold series with the best materials the watch industry has to offer. Both of these Breitling For Bentley Flying B watches have beveled sapphire crystal glareproofed sides and a chronometer certified by the COSC. The casebacks each have the legendary Bentley “Flying B” engraved on them. Each is water resistance of up to 100 meters with a screw-locked crown, 27 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour, and a Breitling Calibre 28B with jumping-hour mechanism.

Breitling For Bentley White Gold Flying B Diamond Watch

Breitling For Bentley Red Gold Flying B Diamond Watch

Absolutely beautiful!

Breitling Space Going Navitimer Watch

To infinity and beyond! At least that was the idea behind the Navitimer Cosmonaute, Breitling’s official space-going Navitimer. The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute (get it, like astronaut) was created in the days of early space exploration, those days when going to space and getting there first were the only things that mattered.

So what is the difference between a Breitling Navitimer watch and a Breitling Cosmonaute watch? First the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute has a Flyback mechanism which allows continuous timing with no need to stop; it starts over all by itself. The Breitling Cosmonaute has 24 hour dial division since night and day mean nothing out in space; that way an astronaut won’t be confused between noon and midnight. Speaking of astronaut, the first person to test this new timepiece in real life situations was Astronaut Scott Carpenter. He bought the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute into space during this flight on the Aurora 7 space capsule on May 24th, 1962.

Today, the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute technical specs are pretty impressive and include:

Breitling 22 caliber
self-winding mechanical movement
42 hour power reserve
1/5th second, 30min, 12 hour chronograph with flyback function
28,800 vibrations per hour
38 jewels, dial aperture calendar
3 bar water resistance, bidirectional bezel
non screw-locked crown with two gaskets
screwed in caseback
cambered sapphire crystal with glareproofed sides
41.50 mm diameter

There are six versions of the Breitling watch. My favorite Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute has steel and 18k gold case with silver dial, golden subdials, leather strap, and tang-type buckle, what’s yours?

Breitling Emergeny Watch – Rescue 911?

I stumbled upon an interesting post today on J.R. Dunn’s Jewelry Blog. The post discusses that Bear Grylls from Man VS. Wild wears a Breitling Emergency watch. The story goes into details about how the Breitling watch is a necessity if you are every in a life threatening situation.

So, exactly how can this Breitling watch save your life? Let’s take a closer look at the emergency feature of a Breitling Emergency Watch.

  • Designed for pilots and aircrews
  • Built in micro transmitter broadcasting on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency
  • In case of an emergency the Breitling watch will send a signal that rescuers can detect
  • Complements an aircraft’s own distress signaling equipment
  • Activated by unscrewing a protective cap and pulling out an antenna
  • Broadcasts for 48 hours
  • Has a range of up to 100 miles on a flat terrain and 20,000 feet in the air
  • In 2009 the satellite transmitted signal will be picked up on the 406 MHz digital frequency including
  • GPS and aircraft
  • Flight Management Systems

But like JR says, don’t activate the Breitling Emergency watch’s transmitter unless you really are in a dangerous situation. There is a $10,000.000 fine if you are not in a life or death situation.

Breitling Watches 2008

Most Breitling watches loved by enthusiast are classics like the Breitling Navitimer watch or the popular Breitling for Bentley watch. However, 2008 has brought some new Breitling watches that are destined to be new classics for a different generation.

The Breitling Cockpit watch collection has a new design that is meant to blend the Breitling Cockpit watch with the Breitling Lady Cockpit watch. The watch design combines modern with classic by using large Roman numerals at 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and at 12 o’clock. See the video below from The Breitling Source for a visual overview.

The Breitling Superocean Heritage watch is was designed as a professional Breitling diver’s watch and is used by diving enthusiast everywhere. The Breitling Superocean Heritage watch is a tribute to the old model by carrying the Breitling watch signature in 18-carat gold. The video below from The Breitling Source goes shows a great review of this Breitling watch.

How To Spot A Fake Breitling

In the 1980’s very good replicas and fake Breitling watches began to make their way into the market.  Most of them were the Breitling Aviator and Sports divers watch, Crosswind, Navitimer, and Fighter.  Unfortunately for consumers, buying a real Breitling watch can be disastrous because the fakes are actually really good.

One of the best ways to spot a fake is to look at the logo.  If the logo is printed, most likely it is not a real Breitling watch.  However, if the logo is embossed you are one step closer to the genuine thing.

Looking at the logo is only one way to spot a fake Breitling. If a Breitling is genuine the window for the date is large and will overlap into the second and the minute hands.

Additionally, a genuine Breitling’s dial will always have a perfect anchor, most replicas have an imperfect anchor which lacks polish.

Another way to spot a fake is to focus on the center dial.  The pin that holds the center dial together should be the same color as the dial, usually silver.  A Breitling without this attribute is a fake.

If you come across a really good Breitling replica, and all of the above have passed. There is another sure fire way to discover if it is a fake. The inner bezel should smoothly blend into the dial.  If bezel is rough, a complete drop, has a distinct black line, or has no bezel at all, it is a fake. Also, notice how the subdials on the fake is raised, the subdials on a genuine Breightling is never raised.

Always remember to examine your Breitling thoroughly before buying to insure  you receive a wonderful watch that can last for generations to come.