Take a Trip Back in Time with Breitling’s New Superocean Timepiece
The leading Swiss watchmaker, Breitling, founded in 1884, has led timepiece innovation since its inception. The company invented the modern chronograph and continues to lead the navigational tool watch industry.
Boasting more than 150 retail locations worldwide, the casual, inclusive and sustainable luxury brand centres its collections around air, land, and sea pursuits. Breitling’s COSC-certified chronometer elevates exceptional quality and a modern-retro style.
The brand is still one of only a handful of independent watchmakers to produce its own manufacture calibers. The combination of classic watchmaking with the latest innovations positions Breitling as a company both rooted in its history and ahead of its time.
Breitling created its original SuperOcean Slow Motion timepiece in the 1960s when scuba diving was all the rage. The adventures of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau inspired the watch, which sported a pared-down design. The company eliminated all superfluous features to make way for a high-contrast dial ring on the crucial minutes scale. Chunky luminescent batons replaced subtle indexes for easy readability, and they controversially did away with the seconds. A minutes-based chronograph dubbed the “Slow Motion” replaced it.
Can You Hear the Ocean Calling?
Breitling’s new Superocean takes the brand back to the simplified tool-watch philosophy. There are a few adjustments to support modern needs. For instance, the second-hand returns. However, the original design is clearly present.
The Slow Motion’s distinctive square minute hand has made a comeback, as has the high-contrast minute scale. Fans will also remember “the dot,” a circular window at 6 o’clock that displayed different colours depending on whether the minutes-based chronograph was engaged, paused, or off. The Superocean gives a nod to this with a circle near the tip of the second hand.
The Superocean is available in four sizes featuring colourful dials paired with three different case metals – steel, steel-gold, and bronze. A particularly special alloy used in the 44 and 42mm bronze versions resists corrosion but develops a subtle patina, making the watch even more unique.
Two strap options are available, a sporty rubber strap and a new three-row metal bracelet. Each has a folding clasp that allows for up to 15 mm micro-adjustments for easy wear over rashies and dive suits.
Aside from looking good, the new Superocean is also a technical marvel. It is water-resistant up to 300 m and features broad hands and indexes coated in Super-LumiNova that allow for exceptional readability underwater. The scratch-proof ceramic-inlaid bezel will never wear or fade and is unidirectional on all sizes except the 46mm, where it is bidirectional with a patented lock. The watch is shock-, sand-, and saltwater-resistant and has an automatic Breitling Caliber 17 with a two-year warranty and an approximately 38-hour power reserve.
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