Breitling Launches the B55 “Connected Chronograph”, and It Looks Promising

First look…Breitling B55 connected watch and phone app

Watch fans and technophiles, the new B55 from Breilting looks like something to get excited about.  This could be the most exciting Swiss luxury “smartwatch” yet.  It is definitely an admirable step into the highly dynamic smartwatch arena.   Calling it “a new-generation connected chronograph”, Breitling has just unveiled what you might consider its version of the Swiss smartwatch.  Connected to a mobile app via Bluetooth, the B55 caliber is a souped-up build of Breitling’s B50 caliber (superquartz with electronic multifunction chronograph movement with analog and digital displays) which debuted in 2014.  My initial review of the functionality of this watch indicates that Breitling looks to have taken a very thoughtful approach to represent a luxurious yet practical Swiss-made smartwatch.  And design-wise, it looks great, with the solid build and technical-look that so many Breitling fans love and admire so much. I’ve never considered myself a Breitling die-hard, but already I could see myself owning a watch like this.

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Weekend Watch: Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel for Jet Team American Tour

Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel for Jet Team American Tour - Perpetuelle

To celebrate the historic first tour of the Breitling Jet Team in North America, Breitling is pleased to unveil the Breitling Jet Team American Tour Chronomat 44 Blacksteel timepiece in a limited edition of 500 pieces.  The new watch has a 44mm blacksteel case, onyx black dial, and distinct yellow accents, which mirrors the colors of the Breitling Jet Team’s fleet of seven L-39 C Albatros Jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph and 8G acceleration (click here for a neat interactive view of the formations and maneuvers performed by the prestigious aerobatic display team.)

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Baselworld 2015 Preview: The New Breitling Chronoliner Collection

Breitling Chronoliner wtih black ceramic bezel - Perpetuelle

With one of the strongest ties to aviation of any watch manufacturer, Breitling is well know for its range of pilot’s watches.  This year, Breitling will add to its lineup with the new Chronoliner.  Though inspired by a model from the 1950s and 60s according to Breitling, the first thing that jumped out at me was the ceramic bezel — certainly a trait of the modern watchmaking era and no doubt a long time coming for Breitling fans.

The watch is cased in steel and sized at 46mm, which is definitely large but not out of line for what we have come to expect from Breitling.  It has a second time zone marked by the red-tipped hand.   Breitling has opted for a black dial with contrasting subdials, hour/minute hands, and hour markers.

Breitling Chronoliner watch black - Perpetuelle

As with most everything Breitling does, the automatic mechanical Chronoliner caliber is COSC certified, though it does not appear to be from Breitling’s in-house range.

Breitling Chronoliner wtih bezel detail - Perpetuelle

The caseback bears the stylized planes that were a longtime Breitling signature.

Breitling Chronoliner caseback - Perpetuelle

Seen mostly here on a mesh bracelet, it will also be compatible with a full steel bracelet as well:

Breitling Chronoliner on different bracelets - Perpetuelle

Both combinations look good on first impression…More to come next month from Baselworld 2015.

 

Breitling Chronospace Military

Breitling Chronospace Military on strap

A new and very functional, very reliable piece from Breitling.  Nothing super-special here, but this is a good solid watch if you are looking for something to put through some heavy use in harsh environments.

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