F.P. Journe Opens Its Watch Boutique In New York City

Jul 24, 2009
A great number of universally famous watch-making houses regard a depressed economic situation as a chance to concentrate on the future.

New York City, which has become an American center for timepiece brands, is heartily welcoming new leading stores, opened by the renowned watch manufacturers.

In this regard, F.P. Journe, a famous watch-making house with an annual output of several thousand pieces, will be the latest newcomer to New York City. By opening its flagship boutique in America, F.P. Journe expresses its devotion to the American market as well as its readiness to embrace a rebounded economy in future.

Establishing a US retail store is an extremely important and responsible business event for any watch-making firm.

Both need for holding inventory and drain in the watches available result in customs issues. Besides, there appears the issue of servicing. The luxury watch specialists are known for having inextricably long watch service turn-around times. The number of qualified watchmakers, meanwhile, is rather small – especially in America.

This is not the first store, opened by F.P. Journe in America: for the moment it owns a smaller shop in Boca Raton, Florida. However, the New York City location will be a flagship boutique with a larger inventory. It is also planned to be a service center.

You will be able to find the store at 721 Madison Avenue. Its opening will take place in November 2009.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Movement Inside Alfred Dunhill Classic Watch

Jul 23, 2009
The Atmos clock for Alfred Dunhill by Jaeger-LeCoultre has been successfully followed by several timepieces as a part of an ongoing partnership.

One of them is A. Dunhill Classic watch animated by a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 896 movement. This extremely thin, measuring about 4 mm, automatic Calibre 896 movement exposes a seconds sub-dial. It also reveals ceramic ball bearings.

The movement design is represented by an appealing minimalism coupled with classic charm, which, in its turn, is expressed in coated hour markers and machine engraved dial.

This Dunhill Classic watch case, sculptured in an 18k white or rose gold, measures 38mm in width. The seconds sub-dial features a clean polished finish, which assists in opening up the dial as well as creates a functional looking area.

The watch is accompanied by thick black or brown alligator straps.

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Audemars Piguet Unveils Its Millenary Chalcedony Tourbillon Watch

Jul 22, 2009
In 2009, skeleton watches by Audemars Piguet have become the brand’s key focal point.

The bright representative of such timepieces is the Millenary Chalcedony Tourbillon model, which features a shining transparent blue open-worked chalcedony main plate.

Its Calibre 2861 manually-wound movement represents an unparalleled blend of jewelry and poetry-touched mechanics.

Four ornamental rings, sculptured in jewel-set pink gold, complement the entirely open-worked movement with a precious touch of subtlety. The movement demonstrates wheels, which intertwine in a magnificent way, creating golden arabesque motifs.

The watch case, featuring the dimensions of 45 mm x 40 mm, is rendered in 18-carat pink gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial of the timepiece reveals a sapphire crystal with etched Arabic numerals.

The Millenary Chalcedony Tourbillon model offers a power reserve of more than 72 hours and an oscillation of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

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Uni-Timer Watch from Universal Geneve

Jul 21, 2009
The number of retro-touched timepieces, especially chronographs, is currently experiencing a continuous growth. The reason for that is these models’ classical appearance coupled with a set of up-to-date functions.

A modern lifestyle requires more complex timepiece structures than that one with three hands only.

Universal Geneve has created its novel Uni-Timer model on the basis of the iconic “Uni-Compax” watch, the brand’s renowned two-subdial chronograph, the production of which dates back to the 1930’s.

The stainless steel case of this timekeeping companion is 41.5mm wide. Both lug design and pushers are very conventionally presented with the accents added on organic curves and polished surfaces. The dial of the model stands out due to its contemporary features, such as sharply cut hands with luminous application and its textured central part. It also features the classic and simple numerals.

The watch offers the functions of the time and date as well as that of a 30-minute chronograph. The Uni-Timer model is animated by an automatic 55-jewel set UG 71.5 movement based on a modified ETA movement.

The design of this timepiece will definitely attract people who are fond of peculiar, but not flashy models. Universal Geneve has always offered its high quality watches at reasonable prices.

Traditional in its appearance, this Uni-Timer model will also allow its owner to enjoy advanced features of the contemporary watchmaking industry, such as top-quality movements, sapphire crystals, and timepiece dials, more generous in size.

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JeanRichard Launches its Diverscope JR1000

Jul 20, 2009
Primarily created for avid divers, this high end Diverscope JR1000 model offers 300-meter water-resistance. It has been achieved due to such specific elements as a sapphire crystal, which is two and a half times thicker than its standard counterpart, and screwed crowns.

Every single item, including controls under air and water conditions up to 37.5 bars, is painstakingly tested on a regular basis.

The case, featuring its lavish dimensions of 43 x 43 mm, has an original internal rotating bezel. Two black PVD-treated titanium crowns offer the following accurate functions: the crown located at 3 o’ clock animates the hours, minutes and seconds’ hands as well as allows to set the date ; the crown, placed at 9 o’clock, enables adjusting the bidirectional bezel’s position in order to visualize the diving time left.

Both case and bezel of the Diverscope JR1000 model, manufactured from stainless steel, feature injected vulcanized rubber coating. Utilized in automobile industry and for professional diving masks, this hypoallergenic vulcanized rubber is distinguished by its extreme resistance to shocks, abrasion and UV rays.

The optimal weight of this watch has been attained due to the rubber’s density and to the usage of the components made of titanium.

To add to the beauty of this sportive timepiece JeanRichard complements it with a sand-blasting finishing. As a result, the rubber acquires a supremely soft satin surface.

The dial comes with the choice of two colors - lime blossom or black and green. It exposes luminescent indexes and Roman numerals, which ensure a better visibility in poor light conditions, as in the deep waters.

Every Diverscope JR1000 watch is accompanied by two straps: the first made of rubber and the second one produced from fabric.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 Mechanical Movement's 80th Anniversary

Jul 17, 2009
The history of the modern Calibre 101 mechanical movement dates back to 1929, the year when the first movement of the kind was created.

Currently, this movement has the same name. Improved over the years, it includes up-to-date, extremely adorned interpretations.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 has been the smallest mechanical movement in the world since it was unveiled, meaning for 80 years.

The annual output of these tiny movements is limited to 25 pieces only. The dimensions of the movement in question are 14 mm X 4.8 mm X 3.4mm: length, width and thickness respectively.

The movement is composed of 98 parts meant to make up its current iteration. The latest versions of the movement are able to incorporate even more parts, while the original 1929 Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 movement comprised 78 parts only. Its ultra low weight is about a gram.

The Calibre 101 is a hand-wound mechanical movement set with 19 precious stones - the number that seems unbelievable for such a small space. Another distinctive feature of the movement is its rich embellishment, embracing hand etching on the 18k gray gold bridges and polished finishing on all surfaces.

Thin and long in its exclusive shape, this movement is used in a series of different high-jewelry timekeeping companions for women. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 also features extremely small blued steel screws, that seem large against its overall background.

Very hard to create, these movements are manufactured in limited series and integrated into the most luxurious watches for ladies.
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A. Lange & Sohne Introduces Its Petite Lange 1 Watch

Jul 17, 2009
German watch manufacture A. Lange & Sohne has turned its name into a synonym of both exterior and interior beauty.

The extremely charming watches for ladies, produced by this watch making house, symbolize a fusion between the impeccable functionality and the irresistibly attractive appearance.

The women’s interpretation of the brand’s famous Lange 1 timepiece, the Petite Lange 1 model features a moon phase complication and a top-quality mother of pearl dial with a choice of white or dark blue color.

Sculptured in 18k white gold, the 36.8 mm wide case exposes the bezel set with 58 brilliant diamonds.

A. Lange & Sohne is especially famous for its in-house designed and manufactured movements, distinguished by a far richer embellishment than that of the timepiece appearance.

The Petite Lange 1 moon phase model is equipped with a hand-wound Calibre L901.9 movement composed of 403 parts and offering a power reserve of three days. Both hands and markers of the watch are performed in white gold.

A. Lange & Sohne creates its supremely graceful and spectacular watches to be just as unrivalled in terms of their functionality.

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F.P. Journe Opens "Tools Of Ancient Watchmaking" Exhibition

Jul 15, 2009
Connoisseurs of both fine timekeeping companions and watchmaking history will be offered an exclusive opportunity to see the tools of the horological craft, displayed for viewing sessions at a charming exhibition called "Tools of Ancient Watchmaking".

Arranged by the manufacture F.P. Journe at 40 rue de la Synagogue,1204 Geneve, it will be held from the current date through October 30th, 2009.

The renowned haute horlogerie manufacturer’s showroom will open to view its noteworthy exhibits: one of the world’s finest collections of conventional watchmaking tools, embracing the period of almost 300 years, from the 18th to the early 20th century.

Guests can admire more than fifty historical gems with lathes, machines for performing common guilloche work, milling and rounding up tools as well as various kinds of watchmaker's benches among them.

The F.P. Journe "Tools Of Ancient Watchmaking" Exhibition will be open 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 6:00PM.

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Chronoswiss Offers Timemaster Spring Watch

Jul 15, 2009
The sports line of the luxury watch manufacture Chronoswiss, based in Munich, has been joined by the Timemaster Spring model.

This refreshing version of the brand’s famous Timemaster watch is complemented by a decidedly feminine touch.

This timepiece is powered by the automatic Chronoswiss C.128 caliber, offering a 42-hour power reserve. Distinguished by a sweep seconds function as well as a fast adjustable date display, the Timemaster Spring model features the impeccable functionality and the matchless exactitude in terms of timekeeping.

The white dial is accentuated by the light green Superluminova compound. The watch is accompanied by an attractive alligator leather strap, performed in deeper green. 60 Top Wesselton round dazzling diamonds of VVSI clarity are arrayed around the bezel of the model in question.

About 6,000 items per year release, which is far less than an output of many world famous watchmaking firms, leaves no doubt as to the exclusiveness of this or any other Chronoswiss watch.

The Timemaster Spring model will be commercialized at a price of 9,300 dollars.

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Cosmograph Daytona White Gold and Diamonds From Rolex

Jul 14, 2009
Rolex unveiled its two novel Cosmograph Daytona luxury timekeeping companions at Baselworld 2009.

Both models’ cases, sculptured in polished 18k white gold, boast a diameter of 40 mm. Each of them exposes two rows of diamonds, blue enamel Arabic numerals, a dial paved with diamonds or diamonds and rubies with a diamond-set dial.

The new Daytona’s models are animated by the in-house manufactured caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement, which comprises 290 parts and is set with 44 jewels.

The timepieces offer a power reserve of 72 hours. Each of the models has received a COSC certificate.

The water-resistance of the watches is down to 30 meters. Both versions are accompanied by a standard leather strap fitted with a clasp.

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New Models From Riviera Magnum XXL Collection

Jul 13, 2009
Baume & Mercier has enlarged its Riviera Magnum sports timepiece line by two novel models – a limited series “all black” chronograph, offering a flyback function along with a skeletonized dial and an athletic three-pointer and date display model.

Both watches are presented in a new XXL size: they boast a diameter of 45 mm. The previous interpretations’ diameter was equal to 43 mm.

The distinct features of these two innovative newcomers to the Riviera Magnum collection include much more than just their lavish size. They are also notable for a case, one side of which resembles the shape of a car radiator grille, novel hollowed hands, a larger crown as well as a new rubber strap, which demonstrates pure lines and is fitted with an adjustable triple folding clasp.

Alongside with the novelties introduced, the new Riviera Magnum XXL timepieces are characterized by the sporting, refined features of the iconic Riviera collection - solidly affixed to the case by four black PVD-treated screws, the twelve-sided bezel has been typical for the Riviera assemblage since 1973.

The watches also boast 200-meter water-resistance, attainable due to the case construction with its screw-down back and crown. Another time-tested attribute of the models in question is scratch-resistant glareproofed sapphire crystals, which guarantee optimal durability and accurate reading of the hours.

These timepieces surely retain the highest degree of excellence as well as the respect for the fine craftsmanship’s rules, which have become a perfect basis for Baume & Mercier’s strong international reputation.

An unrivalled blend of refined technology, up-to-date aesthetic and unparalleled functionally, the innovative Riviera Magnum XXL timepieces are undoubtedly intended for action and performance.

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JeanRichard Unveils Its New Juventas Watch

Jul 10, 2009
In 2003, the legendary football club of Juventus FC and JeanRichard entered into a new Turin-based partnership.

The close cooperation between JeanRichard SA and Juventus Football Club SpA was born to implement the idea of uniting the style and history of a renowned football club with the exquisite and unique design of a prestigious Swiss watchmaker.

JeanRichard’s associating the exceptional design of its models with the world famous image of Juventus was aimed at representing its personality to a fastidious and well- informed customers.

Due to its numerous victories Juventus has gained a strong reputation of one of the best football clubs and deserved the support of millions of “tifosi” all over the world.

The Bressel classic chronograph “For Juventus”, ref. 32112-13-128, is animated by an automatic mechanical Calibre 11 1/2’’’movement JR 32, set with 57 jewels.

The watch offers a 42-hour minimum power reserve and an oscillation of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It also provides 30-meter water-resistance.

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SplitRock MDA Full-Black Watch From Pierre DeRoche

Jul 09, 2009
Pierre DeRoche has recently unveiled the SplitRock MDA Full-Black Chronograph at Baselworld 2009.

The model in question exposes a long rectangle stainless steel case, sized 46 x 31.6mm and treated with PVD coating, which ensures avoiding any risk of scratching. The finish performed in black is polished and brushed.

The dial demonstrates a superb black guilloche pattern, black steel hands and black hour markers. A few red accents - the medium date, chronograph hour and minutes hands - are added to the dial to contrast against its black background.

The hands and hour markers demonstrate black Superluminova application.

The chronograph located at 6 o’clock has one counter only. It comprises three concentric hands: a chronograph hour, minute and seconds hands.

The main dial features no seconds hand, meaning that the seconds should be read off the small seconds display which constitutes a part of the chronograph counter. By starting the chronograph, you temporarily turn off the small seconds function to be able to use the hand for counting chronograph seconds.

The chronograph push-pieces – another extraordinary element of this watch’s design – are placed on both left and right sides of the case, contrary to the conventional 2 and 4 o'clock positions.

The date is visible through the medium date exhibition window located at 12 o'clock. The watch houses a unique automatic winding Dubois Depraz calibre, distinguished by impressive embellishment and an etched cut-out oscillating weight. The timepiece provides 30-meter water-resistance. The black crocodile leather strap fitted with steel folding clasp demonstrates red contrast stitching.

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Richard Mille Introduces Its New Watches - Felipe Massa

Jul 09, 2009
The close partnership of Richard Mille and Felipe Massa was marked by the release of two innovative limited series models - the Felipe Massa RM 004-V2 (restricted to 40 items) and the Felipe Massa RM 008-V2 (restricted to 10 items).

Both interpretations’ flanges demonstrate the colors of the Brazilian flag and their crowns expose red collars.

In 2004, it was quite venturesome of Felipe Massa to drive a Grand Prix race, wearing a Richard Mille tourbillon on his wrist, the RM 006 FM. This model, absolutely novel, was the first to use a plate manufactured from nanofibers in an extremely durable isotropic composite material.

The RM 006 watch was developed to resist the violent accelerations and vibrations, a Formula One race generously provides its participants with. The success of this model initiated a series of timepieces, produced in line with the Formula One high technological world’s requirements.

After launching the RM 006, RM 009 with a weight of 29 grams without bracelet, RM 011 LMC, limited series of the RM 004-V2 and the RM 008-V2, Richard Mille has gained a strong foothold in the world motor sport.

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Concord Introduces Its C1 Biretrograde Watch

Jul 08, 2009
Concord has recently introduced a double retrograde complication, combining the date and the day of the week. The C1 Biretrograde model, animated by a Concord C101 self-winding movement, is crafted in either platinum or rose-gold.

Protected by a 3.3 mm thick sapphire crystal, the skeletonized dial exposes a high-tech multi-layered design. A chapter ring is located below, somewhat off-center to ensure space for two retrograde displays, the Concord Bi-Retrograde comprises. The first display indicates the date and the second one shows the day.

Not that innovative, able, however, to present an exotic appearance, both "bi-retrograde" and "tri-retrograde" displays have become very fashionable lately. The lower left of the dial showcases an arc with the days of the week displayed. In the lower right of the dial there is an arc with the dates of the week listed.

The case measures 44mm in diameter and 14.6 mm in depth and it is a 50-meter submersible.

Similar to most timepieces, the hours and minutes in this model are placed in the center of the dial. The seconds function, however, is no longer available. The markers and hands demonstrate bold applications of Superluminova compound for robust low-light visibility.

The watch is accompanied by the black vulcanized rubber strap fitted with a folding clasp crafted in 18k gold.

The movement embellishment is another special feature that moves this timepiece to the front of the grid. The transparent dial opens to view the Cotes de Geneve, circular graining and black PVD coatings.

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Saqra Ego Zodiac Line From DeLaCour

Jul 08, 2009
Inspired by Chinese traditional astrology, deLaCour introduces a chic and clean collection, composed of twelve special designs. Each of them represents one of the twelve Chinese zodiac symbols, performed in pink gold and paved with white diamonds.

The black onyx dials of the line in question, housed in a blackened titanium case with 18K gold bezel and case back, are adorned with each of the twelve zodiac signs.

These watches, hand manufactured upon order, comprise diamond and baguette bezel settings, performed in white and pink gold.

To come with the timepiece, the line also embraces a pair of titanium and gold cufflinks. They are festooned with matching zodiac symbols, which accomplish the feel of bold confidence.

Produced in limited series of 88 items, this exclusive assemblage is intended for watch fans with a passion for bold statements and self-assertiveness.

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Athys Moon 2134 Watch From Daniel Roth

Jul 07, 2009
The major watch specialists at Daniel Roth have developed a novel watch equipped with a new, equally beautiful and accurate, moon-phase mechanism. The Athys collection will not demand any adjustment for another 125 years, since it was dubbed Athys Moon 2134. It happens to be a symbolic creation, perfect to mark the International Year of Astronomy.

This year celebrates the 20th birthday of the brand as well as the 400th anniversary the world’s first telescope invented by Galileo. In commemoration of this event that proved to be a turning point in the history of mankind, the United Nations Organization has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.

The Daniel Roth outstanding watchmakers decided to improve the existing moon-phase displays, often demonstrating their inaccuracy. In traditional mechanisms the disc, exposing two moons, includes 59 teeth. Activated by a one-notch rotation every 24 hours, it accomplishes a half-turn in 28 days and 12 hours.

Taking into account that the real lunar cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds, the display thus demonstrates the error amounting to +44 minutes per lunar cycle, that is +8.81 hours per year.

The advanced astronomical moon-phase mechanism of the Athys Moon 2134 incorporates three wheel-and-pinion sets. The first accomplishes a full rotation in 24 hours, activating the second one in 7 days, which animates then the 135-tooth moon disc.

The last one completes a half-turn in 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. It means that the relative inaccuracy constitutes just -0.02 hours or 12 minutes per year. Due to such high degree of accuracy the mechanism requires adjustment just once every 125 years!

The Athys Moon 2134 is powered by a supremely beautiful mechanical manual winding calibre (DR2300) created on a Frederic Piguet 151 base movement.

Manufactured in accordance with the best watch making traditions, embracing refined Haute Horlogerie finishing and the original design for pocket timepieces, this advanced 16-lignes Lepine type movement is powered by the brand’s conventional three-arm seconds hand. Aligned with the crown, it makes an integral part of the main gear train.

The sophisticated and graceful Athys Moon 2134 is also characterized by large Roman numerals, blued steel hands, a “railtrack” minute circle with Arabic numerals and a three-arm seconds hand at 9 o’clock. A date display at 4 o’clock and a raised depiction of the moon between 12 and 4 o’clock, performed in the same color as the case, are the other special features this model includes.

The push-pieces on this very watch serve as correctors. They are designed to make setting operations easier and avoid any risk of scratching.
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Independent Watch

Jul 06, 2009
Independent Watch, the Japanese subsidiary of Citizen as well as the inspirer of retro-futuristic-horological-cool, offers these new summer styles.

The model Zozotown ITA21-5156 has been launched as limited series of 200 pieces, reflecting the theme of "The coolest man in pink", which happens to be the color trend of this summer. It demonstrates a PVD treated steel case.

The total weight of the model Shutter ITX21-5131 is 149 grams and its thickness is equal to 14.8mm. The watch features PVD-treated steel as well as spherical glass. It is distinguished by a shutter function.

What is a shutter function? Under the dial, telling the analog time there is a digital dial located. Pressing the button at 9 reveals the third of the digital movement in the vertical center of the dial, while pressing the button at 3 reveals it all.
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Bell & Ross Presents Its BR 01 Airborne One For Only Watch 09

Jul 06, 2009
Along with the other world famous watchmakers, unveiling their exclusive watches for the Only Watch 2009 charity auction, Bell & Ross has introduced an exceptional singular model of its novel BR 01 Airborne timepiece, formally bestowed with the Airborne ONE name.

The exceptional skull & crossbones theme of the BR 01 Airborne pays homage to the heroic Allied paratroopers of World War II. A spectacular alteration of black and white brilliant-cut diamonds against the carbon-blackened square case made of stainless steel decorates this very interpretation.

To be made totally exclusive, this model is complemented by a strap manufactured from galuchat leather.

The Only Watch 2009 auction, planned to take place in Monte Carlo on September 24th and to be run for the third time, will present an assemblage of excellent luxury watches. The auction in question is aimed at obtaining funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe form of muscular dystrophy that mainly affects male children.

According to Bell & Ross, the novel BR 01 Airborne watch, which is a homage to the courage shown under the war conditions, perfectly symbolizes people’s daily fighting with this debilitating genetic disorder.

Only Watch 2009 is scheduled to be held in Monte Carlo on September 24th, in concert with the Monaco Yacht Show. The Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne ONE watch, alongside with the pieces unveiled by thirty-three other renowned watch brands, will be auctioned without a reserve.

All funds raised will be donated to an organization, involved in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research project.

Prior to the auction the timepieces will go on a world tour under the auspices of Osvaldo Patrizzi of Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers. The items will be exhibited for admiring sessions in Shanghai, Geneva, London, New York, and Milan.

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Superocean Heritage Limited Series from Breitling

Jul 06, 2009
To mark the brand’s 125th anniversary, Breitling has launched a limited edition of the great classic, the Superocean Heritage.

Similar to the original model, the Superocean Heritage Chronographe exposes the historic Breitling insignia with a stylized letter B, sculptured in 18 carat gold on its top. It also features the same luminescent triangular hands, which ensure effortless comprehension of the hours in the dark environment of the deep sea.

Another exceptional feature of this watch is the area with two sub dials, located horizontally at 9 am and 3 hours, performed in black Volcano, Silver or Gun Stratus Blue and manufactured in limited series of 1000 pieces per hue.

The type of the bracelet opted for, is just as special. It is the twisted steel Ocean Classic, whose exclusive design recalls the original bracelet or the Ocean Racer rubber of extremely sporty style.

The only thing that can be compared to the authenticity in the Superocean Heritage Chronographe’s design is its high technical functionality.

The impressive case of the watch measures 46 mm in diameter, boasts a 200-meter water-resistance and accommodates Breitling Caliber 23. As all other Breitling movements, this durable chronometer distinguished by high exactitude has received an official certificate from the COSC.

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