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— One of the most per­sis­tent ru­mors in the watch in­dus­try (and espe­cially dur­ing last Basel­world) turned out to be true at last: Shortly after the fair, Lux­em­bourg-based pri­vate eq­uity firm CVC Cap­i­tal Part­ners an­nounced that it had ac­quired a ma­jor­ity stake of 80 per­cent in fam­i­ly­owned Swiss Bre­itling SA.

Dur­ing the show, not only the com­pany’s first in-house split-sec­onds chrono­graph move­ment turned heads: After its de­but in 2007, Bre­itling's Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage range did get a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade in 2017. Pow­er­ing both the 42-mm and 46mm au­to­matic vari­a­tions is now the Bre­itling Cal­iber B20, which is based on the Tu­dor Cal­iber MT5612 with 70-hour power re­serve.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Su­pe­r­o­cean Her­itage fi­nally re­ceived a lu­mi­nous bezel pip and a new set of hands and a ce­ramic bezel in­lay. Both sizes are be­ing of­fered at $4,075, sev­eral color vari­a­tions are avail­able (also for the up­dated chrono­graph ver­sions).

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