The brand with the winged B is introducing the Transocean Chronograph Limited special series, fitted with the manufacture’s in-house Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement. The new model pays tribute to a landmark timepiece from the brand’s history, the original Transocean, introduced in 1958. Find more information, including pricing and wallpaper, inside.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Breitling helped conquer the skies. The Navitimer, launched in 1952, established itself as a cult watch among pilots and other devotees of aviation. The brand supplied onboard chronographs for the propeller planes and later the jet planes of numerous aircraft manufacturers and airlines, thus becoming the “official supplier to world aviation”.
In 1958, building upon its reputation as the manufacturer of instruments for professionals, Breitling launched a new model named Transocean. The ad slogan ran “Men who have faith in the mighty liners of the sky will trust the Transocean, for behind every Breitling wristwatch lies the experience of aviation precision.” The super-watertight model was distinguished by its precise chronometer-certified selfwinding movement. Sporting an understated, refined design, it became a great success and proudly accompanied the boom in transatlantic travel in an era when 707s, DC-8s and Caravelle aircraft – three symbols of speed, comfort and security – were bringing continents closer together than ever.
Today Breitling pays tribute to this landmark model in its brand history by launching a new collection also inspired by the spirit of great journeys and luxury long-haul aircraft. The new model’s lines are strongly reminiscent of the classic chronographs of the 1950s and 1960s, reinterpreted in a contemporary style. Classic round pushpieces, a nod to the first water-resistant pushpieces, lend a vintage touch. The dial features refined details such as applied hour-markers, counters that are finely recessed and “snailed” (decorated with a spiral motif), and an 18K gold rendering of the initial B that served for many years as the brand emblem.
At the heart of this model lies its engine, Caliber 01, a selfwinding chronograph movement entirely developed and produced within the Breitling workshop, and chronometer certified like all the brand’s movements. The new Transocean is 100% Swiss made, as are all chronographs and wrist instruments bearing the Breitling signature.
As a prelude to the launch of series-produced models, Breitling offers collectors and enthusiasts of milestone watches a special edition of this new chronograph. Issued in worldwide series of 2,000 in steel and 200 in red gold, the Transocean Chronograph Limited is equipped with a polished case and bezel and carries the individual number engraved on the case middle. It is available with two dial variations – Mercury Silver or black – and comes fitted with a choice of leather or crocodile leather strap, or a woven steel bracelet. The limited models offer a transparent caseback, showing off the Caliber 01 inside, while the later serially-produced models will have solid casebacks.
Pricing for the new Transocean Limited will begin at $7600 for the steel version on strap. Breitling informs us that deliveries to USA retailers should begin within the next few weeks.
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Learn more at the official Breitling website.
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