Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2017-03-28

It was a wild and wonderful Baselworld, with a host of new introductions. One of our favorites is the Breitling Avenger Hurricane with an ultra-light case made of the proprietary Breitlight®. The material is not only super lightweight, but also incredibly durable and scratch resistant. This is the first time the brand has used Breitlight® for an Avenger Hurricane watch. The properties of the material make it corrosive resistant and thermally stable. It's also anti-magnetic and non allergen.

The new 50mm extra-large diameter watch is offered with either a yellow or black dial and is water resistant to 100 meters like the previous watch. However the new watch is now powered by the high-performance Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 chronograph movement — offering form and function to the wearer. The watch is, like all Breitling timepieces, a COSC-certified chronometer.

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It was 47 years ago today, on July 21,1969, that American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon's surface at 2:56:15 AM (GMT).

Armstrong was commander of the US Apollo 11 Moon mission, and during a landmark broadcast, people around the world marveled at the first man to walk on the moon. He stepped down and said: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Over the years, many different watch brands got involved in space exploration, equipping astronauts or cosmonauts with timepieces that could go the distance.

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Breitling is one such brand. In fact, on May 24, 1962, Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 capsule. On his wrist was a Navitimer with a 24-hour time indicator. Even today, the brand equips astronauts and has several on board as brand ambassadors. Among them are astronaut brothers Mark and Scott Kelly. In fact, Scott, the younger of the Kelly twins, now holds the record for the most consecutive days spent in space: 382. He took four personal items with him for his time spent in the space station: his eyeglasses and three Breitling watches.

Additionally, Breitling sponsors the famed Breitling Jet Team, and has a host of pilot instrument watches in its line-up. Even actor John Travolta — a seasoned pilot — is on the brand's ambassador roster. Stop in any time to see our collection of Breitling watches.

(Pictured below: Twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, and John Travolta)

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We know the Smart Watch idea is an important and real concept in today's world. As such, some watch brands have opted to create their own connected watches. Such is the case with Breitling, which has unveiled its Exospace B55 technology watch with Swiss roots. Designed for professionals, the watch is not technically a "Smart" watch. Instead, it interfaces with the cell phone, allowing users to easily set time zones, alarms, night mode, displays and operating parameters on the timepiece via the phone app.

The watch can also transmit Excel spreadsheets of recorded lap times, split times, etc. The watch can display text messages, email alerts, appointment reminders and callers name and number for incoming phone calls, and it can help pilots record and keep track of information necessary for completing a flight log. The watch is powered by the brand's  SuperQuartz battery and boasts two month's life when fully charged. It is charged via a magnetically linked cord.

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This past weekend in Las Vegas at the Red Bull Air Race, Breitling’s pilot Nigel Lamb took a spin around the skies in the yellow Breitling MXS-R during a recon flight, capturing great images of the sites below. Breitling has long been involved in aerobatic aviation, as well as being recognized as the go-to watch instrument for pilots around the world.

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Now, Breitling has unveiled the all-new Chronomat 44 Raven, a bold black-and-orange beauty that is the embodiment of performance. It was in 1984 — 30 years ago — that Breitling launched the Chronomat series of COSC-certified chronometer chronographs. Since then, the collection has evolved. This new watch houses the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 and reinvents the pilot’s chronograph in a truly unique rendition. It features a satin-brushed steel case that is entirely clad in black via a carbon-based coating.

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The 44mm watch is accented with a Breitling embossed rubbers trap and features a unidirectional rotating bezel with orange rubber inlaid numerals for ultra contrast. That same bold orange commands attention on the inner bezel as a tachymeter, and is also used for the chronograph subdials. The self-winding Manufacture caliber with a black oscillating weight enhanced with orange markings is visible via a transparent sapphire caseback. This grand watch will be in stores soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the Breitling video below.