UN­DER THE SEA

Bre­itling looks to the past.

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Contents -

For the long­est time, Bre­itling was con­sid­ered the mas­ter of the skies: its Nav­itimer is a long­stand­ing icon of the brand and still re­mains one of the more pop­u­lar pilot’s watches to date. How­ever, with a new CEO on board, the brand’s di­rec­tion has now ex­panded to en­com­pass the realms of both land and sea.

It is not that far a stretch for Bre­itling as, un­be­knownst to most, the Swiss watch­maker al­ready had a col­lec­tion of dive watches that date back to 1957. The Su­pe­r­o­cean was cre­ated back then for pro­fes­sional divers but, as with the dive watches of to­day, was quickly adopted by the pub­lic for more gen­eral use. Last year, the Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage line was re­vived, mod­ernising the col­lec­tion but still keep­ing its de­sign el­e­ments, and, this year, Bre­itling is­sued the Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage II.

In keep­ing with to­day’s watch trends, the case of the new Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage II comes in 42mm or 44mm vari­a­tions, and even of­fers a new stain­less-steel bezel with an ul­tra­hard high-tech ce­ramic ring that is both scratch­proof and ex­tremely shock-re­sis­tant.

01 SU­PE­R­O­CEAN HÉRITAGE II B01 CHRONO­GRAPH 44 Un­doubt­edly the flag­ship ref­er­ence of this new col­lec­tion, this watch comes with the in­house Cal­i­bre B01 chrono­graph move­ment. Since its in­tro­duc­tion, this move­ment has al­ready es­tab­lished it­self as one of the most re­li­able me­chan­i­cal move­ments, with an im­pres­sive power re­serve of more than 70 hours. Fur­ther­more, the con­trast­ing panda dial, with sub­di­als at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, give the watch quite a nice vin­tage look.

02 SU­PE­R­O­CEAN HÉRITAGE II B20 AU­TO­MATIC 44 For those look­ing for a more clas­sic dive watch, the Su­pe­r­o­ceanHéritageIIB20 Au­to­matic44 will be the more suit­able choice. It of­fers a sim­ple, three-hand func­tion, with a date win­dow at the 6 o’clock po­si­tion. De­signed with el­e­gance in mind, both the in­di­ca­tions on the bezel and dial are in a ba­ton style. The best part of this watch is, of course, the B20 move­ment tick­ing within, a man­u­fac­ture move­ment that is COSC cer­ti­fied, and based on the tried and trusted Tu­dor Cal­iber MT5612.

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