In the Works

Bre­itling soars to new heights with a lead­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment team called the chronoworks. vice pres­i­dent Jean­paul gi­rardin tells the de­tails

DA MAN - Caliber - - INSIDERS -

iven the eco­nomic mood of to­day, any watch brand sim­ply has to be both in­no­va­tive and sen­si­tive to the mar­ket. Not to for­get, the ever-evolv­ing smart­watches loom as com­peti­tors that might, sooner or later, make a last­ing im­pact on the lux­ury watch busi­ness.

While Bre­itling did keep up with the com­pe­ti­tion by launch­ing their own con­nected watch last year—the Ex­ospace B55 Con­nected—the aviation-in­spired brand has cer­tainly been busy with even more break­throughs. All of those are, of course, done in a Bre­itling way. Case in point: the Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage Chronoworks.

At a glance, the black-on-black watch serves as a hand­somely mod­ern and min­i­mal­is­tic rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of a clas­sic Bre­itling time­piece. But ad­mire the de­tails up close and, chances are, you’d be to­tally im­pressed by the salient new up­dates. From the unique rub­ber bracelet to the sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved watch move­ment, no stone was left un­turned by the Swiss watch­mak­ing house. Then again, the over­all look of the watch avoids be­ing over the top, and thus ap­peals to those who want only ac­cu­rate tick­ers on their wrists to help at­tain their pro­fes­sional needs.

The right man to talk to about this par­tic­u­lar mas­ter­piece is none other than Jean-Paul Gi­rardin, Bre­itling’s pas­sion­ate vice pres­i­dent and head of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment who is also a pi­lot him­self. While he’s not afraid to tackle tech­ni­cal de­tails dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion—cov­er­ing just about ev­ery­thing about the new Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage Chronoworks time­piece—his main mes­sage is quite sim­ple. Al­though lux­ury watches are abun­dant in the mar­ket, Bre­itling’s time­pieces are truly made by and for pro­fes­sion­als, and that makes all the dif­fer­ence. DA MAN: One of the most ex­cit­ing news about Bre­itling is the Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage Chronoworks piece. What is it, ac­tu­ally? Jean-Paul Gi­rardin: The Chronoworks is, in­deed, one of the nov­el­ties pre­sented this year, and it’s not a con­cept watch. Lim­ited to 100 pieces, the watch stands for very spe­cial in­no­va­tions in terms of move­ment. This is the first piece from the ded­i­cated Chronoworks team that we as­sem­bled two years ago to study how Bre­itling could im­prove the per­for­mance of the in-house move­ment cal­iber B01. So, we looked at ev­ery­thing; we re­vis­ited ev­ery as­pect; and we found five dif­fer­ent

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