Baselworld 2015: Breitling Galactic Unitime (Updated with Live Photos and Prices)


Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT - Black-Dial - AngleBreitling refers to its new Galactic Unitime SleekT — one of the timepieces the Swiss brand unveiled this week at Baselworld 2015 — as a “double revolution.” So what are these two revolutions? Scroll down for details.

One of the factors that sets the Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT apart is its spanking-new manufacture movement — automatic Caliber B35, which is the first in-house Breitling movement since the debut of its base B01 caliber without an integrated chronograph function. Instead, Caliber B35’s technical focus is on its easy-to-use world-time feature, which enables the user to pull out the crown and simply turn it backward or forward in both directions for smooth and easy adjustments of both the local time and date. (Previous Breitling Unitime watches — including the original Transocean model and another in the Breitling for Bentley collection — have been equipped with Caliber B05, which incorporated both the innovative world-time function as well as a chronograph.)

Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT Black-Dial - Angle

Breitling Caliber B35 uses two patented technologies, for the differential system and for the connection between the movement and city disk (the rotatable ring around the dial’s periphery, printed with the names of 24 world cities, that enables the user to set the time to that of his current location), as well as two other patents for the winding and time-setting systems. Furthermore, accuracy as well as ease of use has been taken into account: like all Breitling movements, Caliber B35 has been officially certified as a chronometer by the Swiss testing agency COSC. The movement has a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 70 hours.

Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT Black-Dial - side

The other “revolutionary” aspect of the Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT is on the outside of the watch: a new, smooth-surface bezel made of tungsten carbide, a high-tech, uber-resistant material made by molding tungsten powder at extremely high heat and under extreme pressure. The resulting substance is almost five times harder than steel and highly resistant to scratches. The slightly darker shade of the Galactic’s tungsten carbide bezel provides a subtle contrast with the 44-mm steel case, which is water-resistant to 100 meters and features a screw-locked crown and domed sapphire crystal with double-sided glareproof coating.

The city ring and 24-hour disk surround a striking, filigree globe-pattern dial — in either “Trophy black” or “Antarctica white” — adorned with large hour markers and hands, all enhanced with luminescent coating. The first versions of the Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT are both outfitted with Breitling’s familiar Pilot bracelet. Both will be priced at $9,000.

Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT Black-Dial - front
Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT - Silver Dial - frontCurious what this new watch looks like on the wrist? Below you’ll find some snapshots from our meeting with Breitling at Baselworld.

Breitling Galactic Unitime - wrist

Breitling Galactic Unitime - wrist
Breitling Galactic Unitime - pair
3 Responses to “Baselworld 2015: Breitling Galactic Unitime (Updated with Live Photos and Prices)”

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  1. Can someone explain to me why most watch manufacturers use hands that blend into the dial rather than stand out. I thought the whole purpose of hands on a watch dial was to be able to quickly tell you the time. Instead, you have to hunt for the hands first, then determine what the time is. Why cant they use contrasting hands for better legibility? It gets especially confusing on watches with multiple dials. It seems that even the simplest of watches are made this way. What gives?

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  2. Robinoz

    I’m a bit broken-hearted about Australia being partially hidden under the side of the watch. but I guess I could live with that as the watch is otherwise excellent.

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