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BREITLING REVEALS AT BASELWORLD 2017 ITS OWN SPLIT-SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH MOVEMENT - ONE OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED HOROLOGICAL COMPLICATIONS. THE PATENT-PROTECTED MANUFACTURE BREITLING CALIBER BO3 IS DISTINGUISHED BY AN INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION TO ENSURE A MA
Breitling reveals at Baselworld 2017 its own splitseconds chronograph movement - one of the most sophisticated horological complications.
The split-seconds pusher, housed in the 3 o’clock crown, serves to stop and restart the split-seconds hand as often as desired during a timing operation
Breitling reaffirms its supreme mastery of chronographs by unveiling its own splitseconds chronograph movement - one of the most sophisticated horological complications. Developed in the spirit of instruments for professionals, this Manufacture Breitling Caliber B03 (protected by two patents) is distinguished by its innovative construction ensuring a maximum of precision, sturdiness and reliability. To present this major technical breakthrough, Breitling has chosen its most emblematic model, the famous Navitimer, interpreted in steel or gold with an exclusive bronze-colored dial.
Few watch brands have their own mechanical chronograph movements. Fewer still also offer a proprietary split-seconds movement genuinely developed and produced in-house. With its two superimposed central chronograph hands, of which one can be stopped so as to measure an intermediate (split) time, before “catching up” (rattraper in French) with the first one still sweeping onwards, the split-seconds chronograph is considered one of the hardest watchmaking mechanisms to create. That is why this “Grand Complication” is generally produced in small series and requires watchmakers to perform a lengthy process of adjustment and rating (correcting the clearance of the split-seconds wheel and pinion, adapting the tension of the springs, adjusting the degree of penetration of the clamps, etc.).
In developing its self-winding split-seconds chronograph Caliber B03, Breitling worked on the basis of its Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, an intelligent platform that has already enabled the addition of other useful functions such as second time-zone or world-time displays featuring unprecedented user friendliness. The B03 therefore picks up all the advantages of this high-performance ‘engine’, including a 70hour power reserve (guaranteeing enhanced rating regularity) as well as an innovative modular-type architecture.
To highlight its exceptional new ‘engine’,
Breitling has chosen its famous Navitimer, the doyenne of all mechanical chronographs produced worldwide (since 1952). Equipped with a 45mm case, the Navitimer Rattrapante comes in steel as well as a 250-piece red gold limited edition (equipped with a transparent case-back). Both watches are distinguished by their exclusive bronze-colored dial, serving as a backdrop for the silver-toned counters and inner bezel reflecting the classic Navitimer look. In an extremely refined detail, the B logo with its anchor symbol generally adorning the base of the Navitimer chronograph hands is in this instance divided between the seconds hand: with the B on the red chronograph hand and the anchor on the split-seconds hand. This means the two elements are separated when the split-seconds hand is stopped, before reforming the brand signature when the hands are again overlaid. The splitseconds pusher, housed in the 3 o’clock crown, serves to stop and restart the split-seconds hand as often as desired during a timing operation - in order to measure split times or to compare the results of several competitors.
AVENGER HURRICANE MILITARY
With its black avant-garde case in Breitlight, its dial with aeronautical-type numerals and its self-winding Manufacture Breitling caliber powering an exclusive 24-hour display, the new Avenger Hurricane Military limited series displays the assets of an instrument for which prowess is the norm.
On this new version of this superlativecharged chronograph, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has equipped the black dial with luminescent hands and numerals featuring a slightly patinated yellow-beige color evoking the instruments produced by the brand from the 1940s to 60s - a nod to Breitling’s longstanding heritage in the aeronautical and military field. But while the Avenger Hurricane Military thereby gives the distinct impression of having already undertaken a number of missions, it above all asserts itself as a watch built to face both present and future challenges.
Breitling has indeed equipped it with an imposing 50mm case in Breitlight – an exclusive high-tech material 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel yet significantly harder. It is endowed with a number of qualities (exceptional resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion, thermal stability, along with antimagnetic and anti-allergenic properties). This ultralight and sturdy construction (waterresistant to 100m/330ft) is enhanced by lateral protective reinforcements, a rotating rider tab bezel as well as pushers and crown featuring a non-slip grip ensuring optimal handling, even with gloves.
So as to set a unique and reliable cadence for timing impressive feats, the Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a selfwinding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode, as typically used in the military and among pilots, and chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of superior precision. The legibility of the 24 stenciltype aviation-inspired numerals, as well as the chronograph indications, is enhanced by a thick sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides.
The exclusive strap also combines comfort and sturdiness, with a black rubber lining and sides, as well as an exterior in khaki-colored high-resistance Military textile fiber featuring tone-on-tone stitching.
The Navitimer Rattrapante red gold limited edition equipped with a transparent case-back
Equipped with a 45mm
case, the Navitimer Rattrapante also comes
The Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a self-winding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode, as typically used in the military and among pilots, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition