Baselworld has had a complete makeover for its 2013 event. With a completely new hall, layout and appearance, it’s the biggest ever investment in this jewellery and watch exhibition. This is not the only thing that’s new however the brands of course have been unveiling their latest collections and one of the most stand-out pieces so far are the new collections by Breitling.
The pre-Baselworld rumours about Breitling predicted more mainstream versions of the Breitling for Bentley watches because of the fact that it celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year, an automotive themed piece and an ultra-thin dive or pilot watch.
The rumours were 50 per cent correct, Breitling did announce a new Breitling for Bentley and there is also a new Breitling Emergency II, suitable for flying.
Breitling for Bentley Light body Midnight Carbon
To mark their 10-year anniversary with Bentley, Breitling has unveiled at Baselworld 2013 a batch of four car-inspired chronographs. The model is all-black and ultra-light thanks to its titanium chassis and carbon-based coating.
There are two Breitling-specific markings on the dial: the 30-second central chronograph hand with eighth-of-a-second readings and the variable tachymeter to measure average speeds. The watch has a rubber strap that imitates the radiator grilles of the Bentley. It features the Calibre 25B automatic movement and is of course COSC certified. It is expected to retail around £8,930.
Breitling Emergency II
The Breitling Emergency II is the watch that has caught the attention of the media. Breitling has attempted to address perceived weaknesses of its original model, at the same time as adding additional features to make it a stronger overall.
The original Breitling Emergency had a 121.5MHz transmitter that had a range of 90 nautical miles (167 km) by search aircraft flying at 20,000 feet (6,000 m). However, if it was activated outside such conditions, the range would be considerably shorter. Also the Emergency didn’t have adequate power to send a signal up to a satellite. It therefore relied upon nearby search and rescue teams. Therefore the claim of it being a global distress solution was a little farfetched.
The new Emergency II model has a new digital frequency of 406MHz. This is an altogether more enhanced mechanism to ensure security by giving more information to rescuers to determine your location. This frequency also allows the launch of a distress signal directly into space which reaches the network of low orbit or geostationary satellites. In other words, it can now reach anywhere on earth and is much more effective.
It works by twisting off the transmitter cap and pulling the antennae out from both sides of the case. The watch then omits a distress signal alternating between the 121.5MHz analogue signal and the 406MHz digital signal, for up to 24 hours. There is even an emergency battery charging station that is available that allows users to top up, and test at the same time, all functions of the watch.
Because of the technology used, this watch isn’t a mechanical watch. It is a Breitling quartz chronograph in a 51mm titanium case, (bigger than the original version at 43mm). It does become a mechanical watch however when you activate the emergency beacon.
The movement inside is the Breitling Caliber 76, is of course officially certified chronometer by the COSC with thermocompensated SuperQuartz. It has a 12/24-hour analog an LCD digital display, battery end-of-life indicator, 1/100th second chronograph, timer, 2nd timezone and multilingual calendar.
The new Emergency Breitling II comes in three dial colours: black, orange, and yellow, with a rubber strap or a matching titanium bracelet.