Is it Friday already? Let’s jump into the weekend with another new “Midnight Carbon” model, aka Black Steel, from Breitling. This piece falls within the “Breitling for Bentley” collection and will be produced in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. I’ve covered plenty of “Breitling for Bentley” watches here over the years, but I believe this is the first “Barnato” model. What I am liking about this piece is its case size — 42mm. This is a very wearable size and quite a bit smaller than most Breitling for Bentley models which tend to clock in at a rather hefty 49mm. More look and info — including of course some Bentley looks — on the jump…
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by Kyle Stults on September 09, 2012
One thing I always strive to do, and take great pride in here at Perpetuelle, is highlighting what I like to call “a good watch for a great cause” — and today I’ve got just that. On Veteran’s Day 2011 (Nov’11), Breitling launched the American Tribute Watch, an exclusive limited quantity of 50 pieces. The timepiece was available for purchase at the brand’s boutiques in Manhattan, New York and Aventura, Florida. I was pleased to learn that all 50 pieces sold, and as a result Breitling donated $160,00o (100% of proceeds) to Fisher House Foundation, a military charity that constructs homes and provides free, temporary housing to the families of service members needing medical care across the country. Fisher House is the “home away from home” for many military families during hospitalization for an illness or injury.
Hats off to Breitling — thanks for supporting our veterans and service members with this endeavor. And of course heartfelt thanks to Fisher House for all that you have and continue to do. Fisher House is a superb charity and if you are interested in learning more please read below and/or visit www.fisherhouse.org.
The $160,000 was presented to CEO President of Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher (right), by Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert (left) during a private ceremony in New York City last week
The Breitling American Tribute Watch is based on the current Breitling Chronomat 44 watch, and features Caliber 01, the 100 percent in-house chronograph movement created by Breitling. Each of the 50 limited pieces are individually numbered and feature a commemorative etching on the back of the watch face, paying tribute to American Veterans with the statement “Breitling for America. United We Stand.”
ABOUT FISHER HOUSE
Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.
Located in proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $165 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. To date, Hero Miles has provided over 25,000 airline tickets to our military and their families. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children
of fallen and disabled veterans.
To learn more about Fisher House and how Breitling and others are giving, please visit www.fisherhouse.org/community/how-others-are-giving/.
If you know of a “good watch for a great cause” — anywhere in the world, large or small — and it has not been featured here at Perpetuelle, please let me know via email: kyle [at] perpetuelle.com.
by Kyle Stults on July 30, 2012
Renowned Hollywood celebrity and Breitling Ambassador John Travolta is in Singapore this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic aviation timepiece, the Breitling Navitimer. The watch on Travolta’s wrist? The newly launched Breitling Navitimer Blue Sky.
The best part about this watch, aside from its good looks? It is limited to just 500 pieces globally — making it a true Breitling collector’s piece. Breitling fans this is one you don’t want to miss…
John Travolta posing with his new Breilting Navitimer Blue Sky and he Singapore skyline behind him
Clearly Chanel was way ahead of its time. Now the J12 ceramic watch can be joined at the party by these white companions — the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 King Gold White and the Breitling Superocean 42 WhiteWater. Perfect for the jet setting lady of summer…or is it a man’s watch? Certainly these fine specimens may find it hard to escape fashion sense of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of the Jersey Shore (pictured). Looks aside, don’t let it be lost on you that these watches can perform! 1,500 meter and 4,000 meter water resistance — fashion and function! On second thought, I think I will pick one up for Diddy’s summer “White Party“.
Hublot Oceanographic 4000 King Gold White
48mm King Gold (18K gold + 5% platinum) case, white rubber strap
Breitling Superocean WhiteWater
42mm steel case, white rubber bezel and strap
White Watch Wearer: Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
Breitling presents the 44mm Superocean Chronograph II with a new red rubber bezel. This new version is limited to 2,000 individually numbered pieces.
Breitling Superocean Chronograph II RED
Limited, numbered edition 2,000 pieces
44mm polished steel case, 500 meter water resistance, unidirectional bezel, automatic mechanical Breilting Caliber 13 (COSC),
Jetman to tower***request Flyby *** Christ the Redeemer***
It doesn’t get any better than this! Breitling-sponsored Yves “Jetman” Rossy once again pushed the boundaries of aviation by completing a fabulous flight above the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Perpetuelle readers know that the Jetman is an airborne pioneer, the only man to fly with a rigid carbon-kevlar jetwing equipped with four jet engines. The jet engines propel the Swiss aviator at a speed of 125-185 mph (200-300 km/h), controlled by a simple hand-held throttle. To adjust his trajectory and his altitude, Rossy relies exclusively on maneuvering his body, shoulders and legs. The entire feat lasted 11 minutes 35 seconds in all — culminating in a landing on Copacabana Beach. Gotta love it! Check him out at www.jetman.com
Jetman Flies Rio – EPIC VIDEO
“Jetman” Yves Rossy flying near the Christ the Redeemer statue — EPIC!!
Baselworld 2012: A gorgeous perpetual calendar that Breitling has introduced for 2012, the Breitling Transocean QP. This is not the type of watch most people associate with Breitling, is it? But believe it or not they do offer some high complications! I’m not sure if the movements for such pieces are developed in-house or not, that’s something I’d like to know a bit more about. But no matter for now, let’s just appreciate this beautiful perpetual calendar (“QP” stands for just that, in French: “quantième perpétuel“), cased in rose gold. This timepiece is available in two 25-piece limited series, one with a black dial (pictured) and the other with a silver dial.
Breitling Transocean QP (Perpetual Calendar)
limited edition 25 pieces in each of black dial and silver dial
43mm rose gold case, Breitling Caliber 29 perpetual calendar (date, day, week, month, season, leap-year cycle and moon phases)
Baselworld 2012: I showed yesterday the Breitling Superocean Heritage models (Heritage 42 and Heritage Chrono 44) which are available with red gold bezels. Here also are the Breitling Superocean 44 and Superocean Chronograph II with the 18k red gold bezels.
Speaking of Breitling, I have a several new models for 2012 that I have been sitting on — will be posting them here shortly.
Breitling Superocean Red Gold Bezels
A new style in gold…
For 2012 some of the Breitling Superocean models will now be available with a 18k red gold bezel. Specifically, here are the Breitling Superocean Heritage 42 and the Superocean Heritage Chronograph 44, sitting nicely with an 18K red gold ring (unidirectional rotating). Available on leather or rubber strap or a steel mesh bracelet.
Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold
by Kyle Stults on March 08, 2012
Baselworld 2012: Breitling shows off the new SuperOcean Chronograph M2000. Breitling claims “the first chronograph water-resistant and operational at a depth of 2,000m.” The watch is equipped with a magnetic pushpiece system, a patented system whereby the chronograph controls are operated via the metal of the case. This means that the Superocean Chronograph M2000 may be used in water to the fabulous depth of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) without any risk of water seeping in. The 4 mm-thick sapphire crystal guarantees exceptional sturdiness, while the original appearance of the black dial is enhanced by red, black, blue or green-ringed counters. Back in a bit with more looks.
Breitling SuperOcean Chronograph M2000
46mm steel case, Breitling Super quartz movement, 2000 meter water resistance, Prof III bracelet (other options avail)
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