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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

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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

NAVITIMER RATTRAPANTE

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

in steel

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

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