I climbed aboard the oldest plane to circle the globe – the Breitling DC-3 – not certain what to expect.
It was built in the 1940s, and everything, with exception of the cockpit, was original.
Breitling, the Swiss-based luxury replica watch brand, stopped at Ellington Airport on Tuesday as part of its six-month world tour that started in March. On board were 500 of the brand’s limited-edition Navitimer watch, which sells for about $8,000. The tour includes 28 countries and 55 cities, and took six months of preparation.
Our pilot, Francisco Agullo, has been flying for swiss Breitling for 17 years and has a passion for historical planes.
“The DC-3 is the only plane that can land on a grass field, carrying 20 passengers on a short runway. No other plane can do that,” he said.
Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane debuted last year in a massive 50-mm case made of the brand’s proprietary Breitlight metal. This year, in a bit of good news for those with smaller wrists and more modest tastes, Breitling is launching a version of the replica watch with a slightly less voluminous, but still substantial, 45-mm case, in two dial colors.
The new 45-mm replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane retains the Breitlight case of its larger predecessor, and also incorporates the 12-hour dial design of the most recent models launched earlier this year. Breitlight is a proprietary high-tech material that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel but significantly harder than both. Breitling replica also touts the material’s exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties. Warmer to the touch than other metals, Breitlight is also notable for its mottled surface texture.
The watch’s case is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and has a unidirectional rotating bezel with rider tabs. The screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces have a grooved checkerboard pattern for a non-slip grip, a feature aimed at pilots wearing gloves. The extra-thick sapphire crystal has been glareproofed on both sides and the hands and numerals — the latter in a military-style stencil font are luminous.
Driving the watch’s timekeeping, date display, and 1/4-second chronograph functions is Breitling’s tried-and-true Caliber B01, with automatic winding, a 28,800-vph frequency, a 70-hour power reserve, and like all replica Breitling in-house movements, a COSC chronometer certification. The dial available in “Volcano black” or “Cobra yellow” features a date window at 4:30; chronograph subdials for 30 minutes and 12 hours at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively; and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The strap has a rubber inner lining and an exterior made of anthracite high-resistance military textile fiber. The new replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane models are at retailers now, priced at $8,390.
Luxury Swiss replica watch brand Breitling has created only 100 pieces of its latest timepiece, the Chronoliner B04, and of those, 20 have been reserved for the Middle East market.
If you’re on the lookout for a truly special watch to give a loved one for Eid, this just may be it. Designed in a rich, navy blue hue, the watch features a dual timezone system, sleek, steel case and sporty rubber Aero Classic strap that’s embossed to mimic the pattern of Breitling’s steel mesh bracelets from the 1950s. The fake watch is ultra-durable, being water-resistant up to 100 metres, and featuring a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. The Middle East replica watches feature engravings on the casebacks, reading “special delivery” – a sign of exclusivity that’s sure to strike a chord with consumers here.
“The Chronoliner offers a blend of luxury and performance in an all-blue livery limited series that will appeal to our Middle East aviation aficionados. With its automatic chronograph, its second timezone display in 24-hour mode and its high-tech ceramic rotating bezel serving to read off a third-time zone, the Chronoliner has asserted itself as the authentic flight captain’s watch,” says Aed Adwan, a manager with replica Breitling Middle East. “In addition to being the perfect companion for our aviation professionals, the model is also well suited to our jet-setting Middle East customers who frequently travel for both business and pleasure.”
The 20 replica watches are available at Breitling boutiques across the UAE.
For a brand most famous for its vintage and modern aviation replica watches, Breitling has been no stranger over the past 60 years to branching outside its usual airborne comfort zone. It all began in 1957 with the company’s release of a dive watch constructed to compete with some of that era’s greats, the original replica Breitling Superocean. Upon the arrival of the Omega Seamasters, Rolex Submariners, and Blancpain Fifty Fathomses, the growing trend of hobby diving ripened the market for new players and new designs, and with this in mind Breitling sought out and succeeded to carve itself a name under the sea as well as in the sky. Today, the Superocean series (or more accurately the Superocean II series), is a collection of robust and highly visible dive watches that combines the styles of dial complexity and rugged construction the brand is best known for. Now, first in 2007 with the Superocean Heritage, and again this year with the Superocean Heritage II, Breitling is once again returning to the roots of the series to produce a watch inspired by the utilitarian pieces that started it all.
Arriving to boutiques in both 42-mm and 46-mm steel variations, the new breitling replica watches feature an array of interesting color combinations — six for both sizes, 120 total if including options for straps. Offering this level of customization is a practice that has long made this brand a fan favorite. Its case uses long, slightly rounded lugs, a large crown with no guards, and a thick ceramic unidirectional bezel with bold indices at the quarter-hour marks (available in either black, maroon, or blue). On its reflective, almost sunburst dial (in silver, blue, black, or maroon) reside applied indices at each hour, bolder at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, with a double mark above the applied Breitling replica vintage-style logo and printed descriptors. At the 6 o’clock position rests a date window, and traveling around the dial are the historically inspired arrow and sword hands.
Powering both the 42 and 46-mm variations is the Breitling Caliber B20, based on the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in both the Tudor Pelagos and Black Bay series, and capable of a 70-hour power reserve. Interestingly, Breitling has opted to advertise the use of Tudor’s movement with the fake watch, which is a true testament to its high quality and wide appreciation as both brands’ pieces are in relatively similar price categories. With that said, both sizes of the piece are being offered at $475, and should become more available in the coming months with the phasing out of the original Superocean Heritage from 2007.
I don’t think it would be fair to declare this watch as a direct homage to Breitling’s 1957 diver, but the modern piece obviously draws many of its influences from the first few years of the series. On its dial, especially, you’ll notice the all-lower case “superocean” script, the vintage logo (although now in applied gold instead of white print), and the slightly elongated hour and minute hands. While its bezel continues to feature bolding on the quarter hour marks, its crown offers a slight roundness and fake Breitling has nixed the modern addition of crown guards. Also, the lugs have a length and cut to them reminiscent of the vintage piece.
The differences between the two, however, are much more stark. Besides modern manufacturing updates like the ceramic bezel and luxury finishing, the contemporary piece has forgone a few key dial elements that distinguish it from its ancestor. Most obvious is its lack of circular, luminescent quarter-hour markers, but also noticeable is its use of rectangular and trapezoidal applied hour indices as compared to the vintage model’s wedge markers, which were both printed and applied. The date window, while certainly a useful addition (and one available due to the Tudor movement), was also not present in the earliest models of the watch. Finally, while the modern case certainly derives its influences from the mid-20th century model, its bezel is significantly more decorated through contemporary refinement, and its lugs have lost some of the thin sharpness of the past.
While vintage replica Breitling Superocean models are sometimes overshadowed in auction houses and private collections by its Golden Era competitors, they are still extraordinary fake watches to find and maintain a good name for themselves in what often seems like a mythologized period of horology. With that said, while the modern watch is by no means a direct re-creation, or even a re-interpretation — it’s more a modern watch with an array of historical influences — this may be for the better. While plenty of vintage-watch aficionados — not excluding myself — would love to see those circular hour markers on that simple and straightforward tool watch, Breitling’s choice to pay homage but not copy may well pay off in this interesting contemporary piece. Hopefully, it will at the very least raise the mystique and rarity surrounding its vintage forefather, and then we could well see the arrival of a true vintage homage piece — perhaps for its 70th or 75th anniversary.
Jeddah residents witnessed a unique display of the famous Swiss Breitling plane, parked next to the luxurious car Bentley Continental GT, in front a renowned mall on Tahlia Street.
The display became a major attraction for the residents of Jeddah. The event took place for the first time in the city, as a result of collaboration between Bentley cars and Swiss luxury replica watchmaker Breitling, as well as the part of a growing relationship between Abu Issa Company, dealer of Breitling replica watches, and Alghassan Motors, dealer of Bentley cars in the Kingdom.
Commenting on the rare display, Nabil Abu Issa, chairman of Abu Issa Holding, said: “It was a great experience.
In addition to our collaboration with Alghassan Motors, we had the opportunity to showcase Breitling legendary plane next to a Bentley car in Jeddah. It is a worthwhile opportunity for the public who were acquainted of the importance and the stylish replica Breitling watches.
“This was our first time ever to be constituted of such an important event in this thrilling way. Breitling once again displays its determination to share its passion of luxury with another luxury brand.”
Yousuf Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, vice president of Alghassan Motors, expressed his pleasure for participating in the event, which emphasizes the strong relationship between Alghassan Motors and Breitling replica watches.
Al-Sulaiman said: “Clients of Breitling replica watches admire the strategic relationship with Bentley, and we do anticipate to have many joint projects to enhance and strengthen the relationship between both parties for the best interest of our clients in Saudi Arabia.
“No doubt that the luxury and high precision of this high-end brand will be reflected on the luxurious Bentley cars, as both brands enjoy unique design approach and outstanding heritage.”
Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand.
Split-second chronographs are coveted not so much for their functionality (although I do admit they are fun to play with) but rather because they are tricky to assemble. It was actually not until Richard Habring developed a special “low-cost” split-second chronograph module for the 7750 for IWC (where he worked at the time) that I believe the rattrapante mechanism was available for the (comparable) masses. Breitling’s B03 more than likely takes a different approach to assembling a split-second chronograph system, but is certainly more accessible in price than, say… one from Patek Philippe.
Breitling further explains that the rattrapante mechanism module is produced using an efficient 28 parts and is designed to be totally removed – and if needed, replaced – to facilitate easy servicing. Further, Breiting claims that while the B03’s split-second chronograph has been specially designed to use parts which are simpler to produce than more historic rattrapante models, this also provides the mechanism with more precise and reliable use. I say this because many split-second chronographs, given the delicate nature of their construction, are not celebrated for their precision or reliability. Note the fun design element where the replica Breitling anchor B logo is split, so that half of it is on the main chronograph seconds hand, and the other is on the rattrapante hand.
Rattrapante chronographs are a bit difficult to explain without demonstrating them. The idea is that a main chronograph is supplemented with an additional chronograph seconds hand (which hides under the main chronograph seconds hand when not in use). A pusher in the crown (in this case) is used to activate this additional chronograph seconds hand, which can be used to independently measure a one-minute interval while the main 12-hour chronograph is in operation. Prior to digital devices these were clearly a bit more useful, but in today’s “technique-eager” luxury replica watch world, lots of people swoon over mechanical technology such as this.
The Breitling Caliber B03 automatic chronograph movement is COSC Chronometer-certified and operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. The movement features the time, date, and 12-hour chronograph with split-second “rattrapante” functionality. Otherwise, this is very much your traditional Navitimer dial, only in brown. The design comes complete with a slew of markers and indicators, including the famed rotating slide-rule bezel for making various mathematical calculations only people in extreme emergencies (or with extreme analog calculator fetishes) will rely upon.
To launch the caliber B03, Breitling chose the 45mm-wide Navitimer replica watch with the brown dial in two case materials: steel, and 18ct red gold as a limited edition. The brown dials (Breitling actually calls them “Panamanian Bronze”) are matched to padded brown crocodile straps. Though Breitling replica will also offer the Navitimer Rattrapante on a leather or rubber strap.
To be honest, I’m not always sure who the target demographic is for split-second chronographs. It is a special sort of watch collector who values both sport replica watches and high-complications – but in the same timepiece. Breitling does well to reassert their design and production strengths with this new version of the B01 series movement as the B03. The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante will be initially available in steel as well as in a limited edition of 250 pieces in 18ct red gold.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage is a classic diver’s watch that’s now celebrating its 70th anniversary with a slight design refresh and a brand-new movement developed with Tudor watches. The new Breitling caliber B20 is derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in their Black Bay replica watches, among others. In fact, Tudor’s new Black Bay chronograph borrows from the Breitling B01 caliber as part of what I call their “movement exchange program” this year. Like the previous version, the replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection will include a 42mm and 46mm three-hand automatic with date as well as a 46mm automatic chronograph.
Initially released in 1957, the Breitling Superocean is still going strong in many sizes, colors, and configurations. In addition to their modern, sportier Superocean collection, Breitling smartly released the vintage-inspired Superocean Heritage collection a few years back.
Aesthetic changes are pretty discreet, with a new ceramic ring around the minute track replacing the old steel one, allowing for the color to match the dial in a seamless look. It’s actually pretty noticeable when compared with an older model, as you can see above. It’s minor but a refinement that definitely brings a higher-end look. Also, for those who look closely, the minute hand is now slightly more sword-shaped, and the hour hand now has a steel partition in the lume in the arrow’s head.
Of course, the major new change for the three-handers is the new B20 movement, a self-winding, 28-jewel caliber which vibrates at 28,800bph. It is Breitling’s take on the Tudor MT5612 movement which provides a solid 70-hour power reserve. It’s clear that both brands are benefitting from each other’s “specialties,” with the Tudor three-hand movement applied here, which would likely drive the cost up considerably if Breitling were to develop it themselves, and Tudor adaping the Breitling B01 movement (not the one used in the replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II chronograph, mind you).
The 46mm replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph also sports some subtle upgrades and alterations. Like its three-hand siblings, the chronograph now has a ceramic bezel and the same slight changes to the handset. The replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph features the trusty old caliber B13, which is based off the Valjoux 7750. The automatic movement operates at 28,800vph and has a power reserve of around 42 hours.
The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection is a subtle upgrade in terms of aesthetics with the three-handers reflecting the increased value and interest among buyers in the origin of a watch’s movement. The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II will come in a variety of dial colors (in this case, Volcano Black, Gun Blue, and Stratus Silver) and with a huge variety of straps like leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic. The chronograph will be available with either a Volcano Black, Mariner Blue, or Copperhead Bronze dial, and customers will be able to choose between leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic straps.
When it comes to partnerships, the blissful marriage of Breitling and Bentley is one that we’ve always been firmly behind. Naturally, news that the latest collaboration from the two luxury brands in conjunction with the release of the Bentley Continental Super-Sports is music to our ears.
With the Bentley Super Sports B55, the Swiss replica watchmaker has released a new limited-edition chronograph – with an even more limited 40 pieces specifically for the Middle East – that for the first time will combine a chronograph with an electronic movement.
The 14th timpiece the brands have collaborated on, this sporty timepiece is crammed full of enough timekeeping equipment to fool you into believing that you are actually a racing driver.
With its combination of analogue and digital displays mean that the watch may not look like your typical Breitling replica, but it does have the same style references to keep you interested.
Clearly taking its design reference points from Bentley’s motorsports history, the Super Sports B55 comes with a titanium case and carbon dial with a digital clock smack bang in the middle of it face.
Yes, the launch of the replica watch may have coincided to celebrate the release of the new Super Sport, but it has been created to works alongside Bentley’s cars through a corresponding smartphone app, developed specifically for fake Breitling.
The timepiece’s chronograph records up to 1/100th of a second, and with its smartphone connection, can store timings and run three different functions, all suited to the automobile world for when you want to see how good the Bentley Super Sports actually is.
First under the bracket of racing features is the ‘Chrono Rally’, which can record up to 30 stages of a race, including the departure date of the rally, start time and any penalties incurred. Next, the ‘Chrono Race’ function is used for track races, it can record split times for each lap and calculate the average speed per lap. Thirdly, the ‘Regularity rally’ function allows watch users to predefine target times and check if those targets have been met.
More information on the Bentley Supersports B55 is avaliable here.
Whether or not you agree with me, I feel that this is the watch Breitling should be making – so it’s good that they actually are. At Baselworld 2017, Breitling will debut this Colt Skyracer, which is the tool watch everyone should want from the brand. A tool watch is supposed to be comfortable, durable, legible, and reliable – something that Breitling has, in my opinion, designed the Breitling Colt Skyracer to be.
In a nutshell, this is a new accessibly-priced (Breitling actually says it is at “an extremely reasonable price”) luxury replica watches which combines Breitling’s still new Breitlight carbon case material with a straightforward easy-to-read dial, and contains a very-accurate thermocompensated caliber 74 SuperQuartz movement (which is COSC Chronometer certified – which is a different certification process and standards for quartz and mechanical replica watches). The battery has a life of eight years. If traditionalist watch lovers are balking at the idea of a quartz watch, they shouldn’t. This is not your standard cheapo quartz movement but something born of an era when professional watches needed extreme accuracy. Compare a 10-second deviation per year for a thermocompensated quartz movement versus up to 15 seconds per month for a standard quartz movement. Again, a mechanical movement is at best accurate to 1-2 seconds per day.
Breitling continues to remain very popular with aviation professionals and other high-risk activity enthusiasts who need durable and reliable instruments. Breitling has a long history of making such replica watches and, moreover, has been using SuperQuartz movements in certain watches in their collection (such as the iconic Aerospace) for over 20 years. People who like nice luxury replica watches often also love mechanical movements, but everyone knows you can’t rely on them in the same way you can an electronic instrument. For that reason, Breitling has been producing SuperQuartz-based replica watches continuously, servicing a market of real aviation and military professionals with high-end watches at a time when most other brands stopped doing so. For the most, part Omega is the only real competitor to still make (some) quartz watches for professionals (with the X-33).
Thus, the Breitling Colt Skyracer is for people who actually need high-accuracy on their wrist but want something a bit more interesting than your standard quartz watch. Yes, this is a niche market of consumers, but it is a market nonetheless, and the good thing is that timepieces such as this are true tool watches. Not convinced? Well then just check out the ruler indicator replica Breitling put on the rubber strap!
Watch fans interested in Breitling’s Breitlight carbon case material will be happy to see its use in the Colt Skyracer. Not only is the Breitling Colt Skyracer much more affordable than the other current replica watches Breitling produces with Breitlight, but it is wearable. Breitling introduced Breitlight on the Avenger Hurricane (hands-on here) in 2016… with a 50mm wide case which sized it out of wearability for many people. The Breitling Colt Skyracer is “just” 45mm wide (and 13.5mm thick), but it is also almost six times lighter than steel given the black carbon composite case material. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters and has a rotating bezel with an AR-coated domed sapphire crystal over the dial.
Breitling further claims that the Breitlight case is super durable and shock-resistant. It has decent scratch-resistance as well, but I do think that despite the watch surviving abuse, it will show battle scars if beaten up too much. If you recall, I mentioned that ruler on the strap. The watch apparently has a quick-release system for the strap, so that they can be taken off and used to actually measure things… and then placed back on the case.
Dial legibility for the Breitling Colt Skyracer is quite good. The lumed hands and characterful Arabic hour numerals are sensible without being too serious. I do like that Breitling was able to include a healthy level of personality into the design – which is important for swiss replica watches since there is always a distinct element to why people choose to buy them. Also on the dial is a dedicated scale for 24-hour military time as well as a date indicator window. This is a good example of a conservative tool watch dial that also manages to not be boring.
It’s quite likely that the swiss Breliting Colt Skyracer reference X74320E4|BF87|293S|X20S.1 is going to be the most affordable new Breitling of 2017. With that said, it is going to be up to consumers to decide if $2,000 is “extremely reasonably priced” or not. Though, for a Brietling today, that is a good deal, for sure.
For Breitling‘s 2016 Baselworld showing, the brand debuted an all-new Avenger with a 24-hour movement set in a hulking 50mm “Breitlight” polymer case – which, as lightweight and “deceptively cool” as it was, deserved a smaller, more approachable treatment. Well, for those hoping that this year’s show would bring a wearable 44 or even 46mm variant, keep waiting – this is not your fake watch. The new-for-2017 replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane is still set in the same 50mm case as its predecessor but is now paired with Breitling’s in-house manufacture Caliber 01 – a 12-hour chronograph movement that’s become a proven hallmark for the still-independent Swiss replica watchmaker.
Before we get too far into the nitty-gritty inside the new Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H Watch, we’ll come right out and say it: the “Breitlight” Hurricane could be Breitling’s hyper-macho “Dark Side of the Moon,” but at 50mm, its audience is massively limited right out of the starting gate. Certainly, the onus is on Breitling replica to showcase its proprietary new polymer technology in the best possible light – in this case, Breitlight, which impressively yields a feathery case weight despite its overall size. When serving as an illustration for the lightness of Breitlight, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane passes with flying colors. But as a groundbreaking new entry in the Avenger series with mass appeal, the Hurricane stumbles on the merits of its own proof point. Size complaints aside, the swiss Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12-Hour is still a worthy entry in the “tacticool” Avenger series, and one that carries a slight advantage over its predecessor, in that it’s easier to read at a glance – particularly for those not accustomed to reading time in the 24-hour format.
The COSC-certified Caliber 01 powering the swiss Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12-Hour is Breitling’s first in-house manufactured caliber – a modular, 47-jeweled movement introduced in 2006 after a five-year development period. Usually reserved for Breitling’s limited, or top-shelf Chronomat and Navitimer offerings, the B01 is a column-wheel chronograph equipped with a vertical clutch, yielding crisp pusher engagement and buttery-smooth actuation on the center-mounted chronograph seconds counter. The automatic movement hums along at a pretty standard 4Hz, but carries a generous 70-hour power reserve from a single barrel.
Despite the size of the case and what goes inside it, the real story here remains its proprietary Breitlight polymer construction, now on its second tour of duty within the replica Breitling Avenger collection. This proprietary polymer is three times lighter than titanium, nearly six times lighter than steel, and significantly harder and more scratch-resistant than both. Of course, it’s also anti-magnetic, shielding the movement within from any harmful magnetic fields its wearer might encounter in the modern cockpit.
Whether Breitling has a more reasonably sized Hurricane still tucked into its sleeve for a later release, the Hurricane in its current form is still unapologetically cool with its ultra-masculine aesthetic, military-inspired stenciled numerals, and subtly textured Breitlight case. Available now in both black, and a new yellow dial, the price for the B01-equipped Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H creeps up to $8,930 – a slight increase over its 24hr cousin released last year.