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Breitling Montbrilliant Watch

Black Breitling Montbrilliant Watch

The Breitling Montbrilliant is not only a watch, but a time machine that goes back to the 1940’s. It’s obvious that Breitling loves to add touches of company history and rich heritage to their watches, and the Breitling Montbrilliant watch was not an objection. According to www.breitling.com, the Breitling Montbrilliant reminds the company of their 1st chronograph factor in La Chaux-de-fonds.

Looking back in Breitling and watch making history; the hands of the Breitling Montbrilliant watch follow the traditional central one-hundredth of an hour indication…the dial was even crafted using the outdated “epargne” method. The Breitling Montbrilliant watch also has a screwed in case with the Breitling logo that was only in use until the mid 20th century.

Under the hood of this classic Breitling watch is still 21st Century technology. The Breitling Montbrilliant watch has a Breitling 41 caliber, self-winding mechanical movement, 42 hour power reserve, 1/4th second, 30 minutes, and 12 hour chronograph, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 38 jewels, dial aperture calendar, water resistance of up to 3 bars, bidirectional bezel with side rule, non screw-locked crown with two gaskets, screwed in back, sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides, and a 38.mm diameter.
The Breitling Montbrilliant watch above is a self-winding chronograph with a steel case, black dial, black leather strap, and tang-type buckle.

Breitling’s Orbitor 3

Breitling is known for its longtime cooperation with the world of aviation. The aviation industry needed Breitling, who specialized in industrial timing instruments, to add its passion for cutting edge instruments that matched the growth of the industry. As a result of this partnership, the Breitling Orbitor program was born and the Breitling Orbitor 3 was the first balloon to fly around the world non-stop. The Breitling Orbitor 3 was 180 feet tall when fully inflated and was piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones.

Features of the Orbitor 3 included:

  1. Propane gas fueled 6 burners
  2. Burners were enclosed in 28 titanium cylinder
  3. Built out of Kevlar and carbon fiber
  4. Solar panes recharged batteries for electricity
  5. Satellite based GPS systems

Despite the nay sayers, Bertrand and Brian took off on March 1, 1999 from the Swiss Alpines and landed in Egypt on March 21, 1999 . The success of the journey shows Breitling’s ongoing support of aviation that can be seen in watch designs today.To celebrate that courageous journey, there are three watches that I think really celebrate Breitling’s aviation theme. The first two watches are the Cockpit and Cockpit Lady. Both watches have all the amenities of legendary sports watches including a screw-locked crown and screwed caseback, scratch resistant sapphire crystals, rotating rider-tab bezel, and water resistance to 1,000 feet for the Cockpit and 330 feet for the Cockpit Lady.

The third watch is the Skyracer. This innovative watch has one of the most efficient self-winding chronograph in its category. Breitling didn’t stop there, the Skyracer also has a Caliber 27 which enables dual visualization of measured times. This amazing technology allows peerless readability of any measurement under 1 hour using the 60 minute totalizer. It also boasts two different readings at one time! For long trips one hand will read the time and the other will read the time elapsed.

Each of these watches can be explored in greater detail at Breitling’s website.