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Breitling World Time Application

As discussed last week, Breitling launched a Breitling World Time Application with their new website design. The Breitling World Time application is a “computing instrument that measures units or currencies that easily solve time-related calculation”.

Here is a detailed account of my adventures with the Breitling World Time Application.

Last week the Breitling World Time application caught my eye so I downloaded it from the web site to see exactly what it was and how I could use it.

After downloading I extracted the Breitling World Time application to my desktop.

After extracting I located the setup file and installed the applications to my hard rive.

Next I opened up the application and started exploring! Here’s a breakdown of the features (click on image for larger view):

Here’s an even closer look at some of the features:

Calendar

Time Zone Select

World Time Selector

Currency Converter

Time Arithmetic Calculator

Units Converter

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.

Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches Part 3

In the 1st edition Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches (FPW2BW) we discussed Gordan Ramsey, Miles Davis, Bear Grylls and Criss Angel. In Part 2 of FPW2BW we discussed an astronaut, a baseball player, a former boy band member, and famous actor.

Here are three additional famous people who wear Breitling Navitimer watches:

Dave Chapelle
Yes, the controversial yet funny man Dave Chapelle wears a Breitling Watch. Dave Chapelle is the former host and star of Comedy Central’s most popular show, The Dave Chapelle Show, and on most days can be seen wearing a Breitling Navitimer.

John Travolta
I know this isn’t a surprise since John Travolta is known for supporting Breitling. As a certified pilot with over 5,000 flight hours and owning his jumbo jet, aviation is in his blood and he wouldn’t wear any other watch. Mostly seen in the Breitling Navitimer, but he wears just about anything Breitling

Simon Cowell

American Idol bad boy judge and a music producer Simon Cowell wears a Breitling Navitimer. Simon is known for his blunt comments on American Idol and not being afraid to hurt contestant’s feelings…

Stay tuned for Part Four of Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches.

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 Rarest Breitling Navitimer Watch

Image from Navitimer.net

According to Breitling Navitimer “rules” every Breitling Navitimer watch has to have a standard movement, however the Navitimer 806 with Valjoux 72 movement has a non-standard movement. Why has Breitling decided to create this watch? Maybe it’s to make collectors lose their minds with envy with just the mention of it.

This mysterious and elusive Breitling watch was created in the early 1950’s. It was named the Navitimer 806 because it’s identical to an earlier Navitimer 806 with a standard movement. However, collectors and enthusiast were surprised to open it and find a Valjoux 72 movement.

According to Jean-Micheal, creator of www.navitimer.net:

We even do not know that if the watch had the reference 806 ! Some of the pictures I have of this watch do not show the “806″ engraving on the back. The only country where I have regularly seen some Valjoux 72 806 is Japan. Japanese are very well informed collectors and the prices of vintage pieces are very high, that perhaps explain why it is possible to find some there….No idea of the number produced, but this was not limited to few pieces, some thousands might have been produced.”

Definitely an interesting story of the Breitling Navitimer!

Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches Part 2

In Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches Part 1 we focused on Gordon Ramsey, Bear Grylls, Miles Davis, and Criss Angel. Continuing out exploration of what famous individuals wear Breitling watches, here are four more famous individuals who love the brand.

Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut and legend, wears a Breitling Emergency Watch like other explorers and adventurers. Even in his younger years his Breitling Emergency watch graced his wrist on many occasions.

Cal Ripken Jr.
Everyone’s favorite Minor League Baseball Hall of Famer wears a Breitling watch. The “Iron Man” played a record 2,632 games in 16 season and is known for the MLB’s ” Most Creative Moment” in history. He usually wears a Breitling Colt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey loves his Breitling watches and is known for wearing a number of models. The singer is most known for his role in 98 Degrees and his marriage to singer Jessica Simpson.

Leonardo DiCaprio
One of my favorite actors and box office super earner wears a Breitling Chrono Avenger.

Stay tuned for Part Three of Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches.

Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches Part 1

So exactly how popular is a Breitling watch? You can always tell the popularity of any product by how many celebrities wear them. With the recent buzz about President Barack Obama’s TAG Heuer watch, I thought I would take a look at which celebrities wear Breitling watches faithfully.

1. Gordon Ramsey
My favorite chef and star of Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and author of hundreds of books wears either a Breitling Navitimer, Breitling Chronomat Longitude, or a Breitling Chrono Avenger.

2. Bear Grylls
A show I never miss, Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls wears a Breitling Emergency watch and for good reason. He uses his watch to make sure that if he or his camera men get into some trouble, help is on the way.

3. Miles Davis
The legendary jazz musician Miles Davis wore a Breitling Navitimer until his death in 1991.

4. Criss Angel
Revolutionary Illusionist wears a Breitling Diamond Super Avenger.

5. Tom Cruise
Always smiling and charismatic Tom Cruise wears a Breitling Emergency Mission.

Stay tuned for Part Two of Famous People Who Wear Breitling Watches.

Breitling Navitimer World Watch

The Breitling Navitimer World Watch has a big name and even bigger features.  It’s 10 percent larger than the original Breitling Navitimer Watch and has that awesome Breitling known second time zone feature.

The Breitling Navitimer World Watch uses Caliber 24 to indicate a time zone in a 24 hour mode. On the caseback Breitling adds a signature touch with engraving of the time zones on the back case. Additionally this Breitling watch has a 42 hour power reserve, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 25 jewels, a dial aperture calendar, steel case or your choice of 18k rose or red gold, 3 bars of water resistance, and a bidirectional slide rule bezel.

The Breitling Navitimer World watch also includes a non screw-locked crown with two gaskets, screwed in case back, and sapphire glare proofed crystal on both sides. Here is a close up video of the a Breitling Navitimer dial:

Breitling Super Avenger Watch

Breitling Super Avenger Watch has a lot of personality and presence.  The Breitling watch has a diameter of 48.40 millimeters and has large dials and hands that are luminescent.  Also, the crown and push pieces are large in size and are made of a non-slip material.

The personality of watch comes into play with comfort; regardless of its size, it fits the wearer’s wrist with ease.  This Breitling Super Avenger watch also has 1,000 feet of water resistance and a chronograph just as impressive.

Technical specifications of the Breitling Super Avenger include a Breitling 13 caliber, selwinding and high frequency movement, 1/4th second chronograph (30 minutes, 12 hours), steel case, unidirectional unratcheted rotating bezel, screw locked crown, and cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal on both sides.

This Breitling watch also comes with your choice of three bracelet styles all indifferent colors.  You can purchase the Breitling Super Avenger with a Professional bracelet in stainless steel; with an Ocean Racer strap in bronze, blue or black; or with a Diver Pro strap in blue or black.

Breitling Chrono Avenger M1

The Breitling Chrono Avenger M1 from the Breitling Watch Aeromarine Collection has many attributes similar to all Breitling Avenger watches including 1,000 feet of water resistance and magnetic push piece.  What makes the Breitling Avenger M1 different is the design, style and structure of this Breitling watch.

The Breitling Chrono Avenger M1 watch has a case made of titanium and is fitted with a screw-locked crown that features a decompression valve.  Each piece is enlarged including the bezel, crown and push pieces to ensure that a wearer with gloves can use it easily as if he were using his/her own hands.

Another amazing feature of the Breitling Chrono Avenger M1 is the SuperQuartz Caliber B73 which displays and measure short times to the nearest 10th of a second as well as split times. Other technical data includes a dial aperture calendar, unidirectional and ratcheted bezel, screw-locked crown with two gaskets, screwed in case back, and cambered sapphire crystal that is glareproofed on both sides.

The Breitling Chrono Avenger M1 watch comes in your choice of three strap types including the Breitling Professional II bracelet, leather, crocodile, or Breitling Diver Pro strap. The Breitling Professional II bracelet is available in titanium, the leather straps come in green, blue, black, gold and brown; the crocodile straps are available in blue, green, camel, black, gold burgundy and brown; and the Breitling Diver Pro straps are available in blue or black.