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Extraordinary professional diving timepiece: Breitling launches new Superocean watch

In recent years, diving timepieces have been popular, and various watch brands have also launched very sophisticated diving watches for the public to choose. Among them, the Breitling Superocean series is known for its strong professionalism. Let’s take a look at this brand new Breitling Superocean watch. (Watch model: M17368B71B1S1)

The new SuperOcean Series watches are available in five different sizes: 36mm, 42mm, 44mm, 46mm, and 48mm, ensuring that everyone will find the ideal dive watch for themselves. The above picture shows the SuperOcean Series Watch 46, which is suitable for men with thicker wrists. It is made of black steel (diamond-like coated steel) and the visual effect is more aggressive. The brave and dull texture reveals the characteristics of male rigidity.

It is applied with a ratchet-type one-way bezel that is securely fastened by the locking mechanism on the left side of the case, making it an essential tool for diving enthusiasts.

The crown on the other side is also made of black steel. The screw-in and double-seal design effectively enhance the waterproof performance of the watch. The top of the crown engraves the iconic logo of Breitling.

It is equipped with a black or blue dial. A practical date display window is set at 3 o’clock. The watch has a timestamp and a pointer covered with Super-LumiNova(luminous coating). The end of the second hand is in orange. The Arabic numerals are used as the 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock hour markers to ensure that the watch can still be read clearly in dim conditions.

The watch is available with a pin-type or folding clasp and DiverProll deep-dive rubber strap, and the rubber strap effectively counteracts the effect of water pressure on the surface of the watch.

The bottom of the watch is sealed to enhance the waterproof performance of the watch. It is water-resistant to 1000 meters and is equipped with a Breitling 17 movement with a diameter of 25.6mm and a thickness of 4.6mm. It has been certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (COSC) to ensure that the watch is accurate and provides about 38 hours of power reserve.

Summary: This new SuperOcean Series 46 watch is very waterproof, providing reliable reading for professionals, coupled with its domineering design. It is believed that every man is not willing to miss it.

Adventure is endless: New Breitling SuperOcean Series watch 2019

In 1957, Breitling’s first Super Ocean series (Superocean) came out, which marked the addition of a new heavyweight player to the diving watch market. These watches are known for their extraordinary performance, superior quality, and pure Breitling style. In the following six years, the series has always been favored. Today, the brand is once again launching a new Super Ocean series to meet the severe test of water sports that are challenging to prepar.With the launch of the new Superocean series, Breitling has been able to improve and upgrade its most popular and successful watch collection. For over 60 years, the watch has been highly regarded for its unparalleled diving performance. The new series of members also reflect the genes of the brand to explore the deep sea, and will also attract fashionable men and women with an active lifestyle. Thanks to the simplicity, dynamic design and impeccable performance, these new Super Ocean watches can be easily matched to any style and occasion.

Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, pointed out that these watches not only reflect the brand’s historical heritage in the field of diving watches: “Our surfer’s action team and cooperation with sustainable clothing brands 0uterknown and Ocean Conservation Society (OceanConservancy) illustrate the brand’s love of the ocean. The new Super Ocean series is designed for people who are eager to explore the ocean, whether they are active in water sports or in the ocean or beach cleaning activities, this series of watches is their ideal partner. Of course, these models will also make people who love the design of Breitling excited.”

Each member of the new Super Ocean Series is powered by the Breitling 17 caliber and has a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. These watches are certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (COSC) with Super-LumiNova@ luminous digital hour markers, scales and hands to ensure excellent readability under all conditions.

The new Breitling SuperOcean (Superocean) collection continues for a period of more than 37 years. While the original Super Ocean series was designed for divers, the new collection has a broader mission beyond being a deep-sea challenge. These watches are both stylish and dynamic, not only for the deep-slung enthusiasts but also for the explorers along the coast.

Why not have your own Breitling new SuperOcean Watch? Let it accompany you to dive, surf, swim, or accompany you to walk on the beach. The Breitling latest SuperOcean Watch is trustworthy, and no matter how you want to spend your time, it will be your ideal partner.

The best partner: Breitling launches the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition Watch

Collaboration between watch brands and automakers is not uncommon, but the partnership between Breitling and Bentley is the longest ever. In fact, the cooperation between the two parties can be traced back to 2003. At the time, the world’s highly regarded luxury car brand Bentley launched the first Continental GT. Every detail of this luxury sports wagon reflects Bentley’s tireless pursuit of quality, luxury, and performance. Moreover, the brand is most suitable to commission Breitling to design its dashboard clock. This is the beginning of an important partnership between the two brands.At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Breitling launched the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition timepiece on March 5, 2019, not only to commemorate this remarkable partnership, but also to celebrate Bentley’s 100th anniversary of luxury and quality.

Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, said the new watch reflects the values shared by Breitling and the legendary British carmaker: “We are proud of our partnership with Bentley. Both companies are well-known for unbeatable quality, performance, and design. The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition timer is a tribute to Bentley’s history, luxury craftsmanship, breathtaking racing pedigree and important intimacy with Breitling.

The Breitling Bentley Centenary Limited Edition watch is an outstanding member of the Swiss watchmaking brand’s Premier collection. The limited edition watch of Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary is available in 18K red gold and stainless steel versions. Some excellent special designs distinguish it from regular styles.

The elegant and unique brown beech dial with black sub-dial (minute sub-dial at 3 o’clock and small seconds dial at 9 o’clock) is particularly eye-catching. The black inner bezel around the dial is marked with a tachometer scale and red “TACHYMETER” lettering. Equipped with Breitling’s flagship homemade Caliber 01 mechanical movement, the movement provides approximately 70 hours of impressive power storage.

Through the sapphire crystal on the back of the case, you can enjoy the built-in movement, and the Bentley logo is also decorated on the mirror surface. The 18K red gold version engraved the words “ONE OF 200”, while the stainless steel one engraved “ONE OF 1000”, indicating their respective limited circulation.

 

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The Breitling Bentley Centenary Led/Edition watch in 18K red gold comes with a brown leather strap, and the pattern and stitching on the strap are inspired by the Bentley seat. Stainless steel version with the brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. The case is 42 mm in diameter and engraved with the “BENTLEY” seal on the left, inspired by the 1929 Bentley “Blower” instrument panel with the supercharger.

The Bentley Centennial Limited Edition watch of Breitling Premier Series is a precision timepiece tested by the Swiss Official Observatory and its accuracy is certified by an independent agency.

Commemorating the aviation legend: Breitling launches three new Aviator 8 Curtis Warhawk watches

For more than half a century, Breitling has earned a worldwide reputation for its relationship with the aviation world and its quality Aviator watches. To commemorate the partnership with the iconic P-40 Warhawk fighter manufacturer, Breitling has launched three new Aviator 8 watches. Breitling has issued a clear declaration that aviation is still an important part of the brand’s DNAThe three new Breitling Aviator 8 watches pay tribute to the famous American aircraft manufacturer Curtiss Wright and its logo model Curtis P-40 Warhawk. The P-40 Warhawk was produced between 1938 and 1944. The new timepieces include two chronographs (one of which is equipped with a Breitling Caliber 01 movement) and a refined three-handed timer.

Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtis WarhawkIt is equipped with a distinctive military green dial and matte finish and is powered by the Breitling Caliber 01 mechanical movement, which provides approximately 70 hours of power storage.

This eye-catching Breitling Aviator 8 B01 chronograph is equipped with a two-way rotating bezel with Arabic numerals, a time stamp and a practical red marker. The hour markers and the Arabic numerals on the dial are coated with Super-LumiNova® fluorescent material to ensure easy reading in any lighting conditions. This COSC Observatory-certified chronograph comes with a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a green military strap that is water resistant to 10 bar (100 m).

The eye-catching case back features a translucent design, sapphire crystal with “Curtiss” lettering and a P-40 eagle pattern. The shark mouth and color scheme are derived from the lacquering scheme of the American Volunteer Air Force (“Flying Tigers”) during World War II.

Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtis Warhawk

It features a matte-finished military green dial and a co-tone sub-dial – 12-hour and 30-minute counters and a small seconds sub-dial. The black nickel-plated hour hand and the Arabic numerals are coated with Super-LumiNova® fluorescent material for clear identification even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

It houses the Caliber 13 movement, a mechanical movement known for its remarkable stability and performance, it offers approximately 42 hours of power storage.

The chronograph’s case back is engraved with the words “Curtiss” and the P-40 eagle pattern. This COSC Observatory-certified chronograph is paired with a military-green strap and is water resistant to 10 bar (100 m).

Breitling Aviator 8 Automatic Watch 41 Curtis Warhawk

Breitling Aviator 8 41 Curtis Warhawk Automatic Watch uses a military green dial& strap. Time-division hands and Arabic numerals are coated with Super-LumiNova® fluorescent materials to ensure excellent readability in all lighting conditions. Equipped with a bi-directional rotating bezel and a red-tipped central second-hand.The DLC coated stainless steel case embodies a Caliber 17 movement that provides approximately 40 hours of power storage. As with all Breitling watches, the accuracy of this watch is certified by the COSC Observatory.The case back is engraved with the words “Curtiss” and the P-40 eagle pattern with a memorable shark mouth. It will attract people who are obsessed with aviation history and who love simple and low-key dials.

The Legend of the Black World, Review of the 2016 Breitling Navitimer 46 Black Steel Chronograph Wristwatch

The Breitling Navitimer Chronograph series welcomed a new large-diameter watch in 2016- Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 46 Black Steel Watch: all black body, double chronograph dial, black oscillating weight, and a new watch strap emulating the tread pattern of aircraft tires, making it stand out and attracting people’s attention, and it is still popular in nowadays.

Since its introduction in 1952, the Breitling Chronograph watch (Navitimer) has won the favor and enthusiasm of pilots and aviation flight enthusiasts. Today, this classic collection has introduced a new pure black watch: a satin-brushed black steel case with high-strength carbonization, and a black ring-shaped sliding ruler that handles all kinds of calculations required for air navigation.

However, this novel, original, cool and technological appearance is not the only highlight of the Navitimer Chronograph 46 Black Steel watch. Unlike the classic model with three silver chronograph dials, this watch has only two chronographs in the same color as the dial – the small dial at 9 o’clock and the 30 minute accumulate chronograph at 3 o’clock.. The dial as a whole is a precision and pure instrument panel. It is made of ultra-fine “par épargne” technology on the sterling silver chassis. The chronograph sub-dial hands and the central seconds hand are bright red, which perfectly strengthens this trait.

The high-performance “engine” of this watch is a Breitling-made 01 movement with the COSC. Through the transparent sapphire case back, the black oscillating weight is unobstructed.

The black case and dial are paired with a sturdy and comfortable new rubber strap – like the pattern of the aircraft tire tread, further highlighting the aviation character of this watch. From now on, all models of the Breitling chronograph will be available with this new strap, full of immortal legend and everlasting classic.

Movement: Breitling Homemade 01 Movement, COSC Certification, Automatic Winding, 28,800 High Swing Frequency Per Hour, 47 Jewel Bearings;

Power Reserve: More Than 70 Hours

Function: Hour-minute-second, Calendar, Chronograph (chronograph accuracy up to 1/4 second, 30 minute accumulation timer)

Case: Black Steel

Diameter: 46 MM

Waterproof Performance: 3 Atmospheres

Bezel: Rotating Bezel with Annular Flying Slide

Glass: Curved Sapphire Crystal with Double-sided Anti-glare Treatment

Case Back: Transparent Sapphire

Dial: Black

Strap: Navitimer Rubber Strap

Breitling’s Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Beautiful Panda Wristwatch AB0118221G1A1 Appeals Brad Pitt to Beijing for the First Time

Brad Pitt first came to Beijing? impossible? How could such a big “old” star and world superstar be the first time?

It turned out to be true! When Brad Pitt came to China in late November, 2018, he admitted that this was his first visit to Beijing. But this time, he was not released for a new movie, but was especially released for the new Swiss watch brand Breitling.

This is used a mobile to shot by the world famous photographer Peter Lindbergh

Who is Peter Lindbergh? Wow, the fashion industry has been shooting like this for many years…

Before saying this and taking the stage, Wu Yanzu had been waiting for him on the stage. There were many European stars, Chinese stars, Korean stars and Japanese stars sitting around him. This is the most powerful star lineup of the grand event since Breitling entered the Chinese market.

Handsome Masculine Wu Yanzu has been a martial arts champion

Pitt is the actor that most of us like. Sometimes, just a fascinating movie can make you a big fan of an actor. For Brad Pitt, everyone who loves his movie may be different. There are two Pitt movies that I can’t forget: “The Years of Love” (aka “Autumn Legend”) and “Love of the River”.

This time he came to Beijing, although he was able to see the Pitt deity for the first time, but I was more concerned about which watch he would wear. Although I knows that his watch must be arranged or delivered by the brand, the watch that matches him can be really attractive. In order to make a clear picture of the watch he wore, I stood in front of him.

There are traces of the years, and Pitt’s style is still. In order to make a clear picture of his handsome him and the watches he wears, this time, I also made an entertainment record, almost standing in front of him.

Pitt’s wrist is handsome, very handsome! Imagine if there is no watch, the scenery must be one less.

He is wearing the new “Panda Dial” chronograph from the Breitling Premier series: PREMIER B01 CHRONOGRAPH 42. The “Panda Dial” is a panda-like black and white dial, as the name implies. The two chronograph dials are black, like the two big eyes of a panda. Another famous “Panda Dial” chronograph is the Rolex black and white Daytona.

Breitling’s Premier B01 Chronograph 42 AB0118221G1A1

Case Diameter: 42MM

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 100M

Movement: Self-made 01 Automatic Movement

Function: Hour, Minute, Second, Date, Chronograph

Power Reserve: 70 Hours

Price: USD 8,400.00

The Breitling Watches Without the “Wings” Can Still Be Active in Sea or Aviation, Three 2018 Most Popular Breitling Wristwatches Recommended for Men

In 2018, the Breitling logo ushered in a new change, that is the LOGO removed its wings and displayed it in the form of “B”. Many friends felt that the wings were the soul of Breitling, and the Breitling without wings lost their original taste and domineering. However, some friends feel that this change of simplicity is also caused by the influence of the times. The simple logo seems to be more in line with the aesthetic concept of modern people. In fact, it has good-looking domineering when with the “Wings”, and it will present exquisiteness without the “Wings”. Do you prefer the wings or not? Today, I will recommend three new Breitling watches for everyone.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Steel Green Strap Wristwatch

Reference: AB0118A11L1X1

Price: USD 8,500.00

Case Diameter: 42MM

Case Thickness: 13.65MM

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 100 Meters (330 ft)

Movement: Self-winding Breitling 01 Mechanical Movement

Power Reserve: Min. 70 Hours

Functions: Hour-Minute-Second, Date, Small-seconds, Chronograph

This Premier B01 chronograph is a collaboration between the luxury car brands Bentley and Breitling. The watch has a 42 mm steel case. The grassy green dial features a contrasting black small seconds and 30-minute chronograph counters with a date display at 6 o’clock. The watch is equipped with Breitling’s self-made 01 movement and has a power reserve of 70 hours. The watch can be equipped with a green matte leather strap or a seven-row steel bracelet. Both of them are unique and eye-catching.

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46 Steel & Red Gold Automatic Wristwatch

Reference: UB0127211B1P1

Price: USD 10,990.00

Case Diameter: 46MM

Case Thickness: 14.51MM

Case Material: Steel

Water Resistance: 3 Bars

Movement: Self-winding Breitling 01 Mechanical Movement

Power Reserve: Min. 70 Hours

Functions: Hour-Minute-Second, Date, Small-seconds, Chronograph

The Navitimer chronograph 1 watch made of stainless steel is equipped with a 46 mm case, which is conspicuous on the wrist. The legibility of the dial and the circular aviation slide are optimized to give a new design. The black dial has a small seconds sub-dial, a 12-hour counter and a 30-minute counter chronograph, very practical. At the same time, the two-way rotating bezel and the ring-shaped aviation slider highlight the classic elements in the Navitimer timekeeping. The bezel is engraved with 60 grooves, each of which represents a one-minute scale. The watch is arrogant and tough, and the men wearing it are very handsome.

Breitling Superocean Héritage II B01 Chronograph 44 Steel Timepiece AB0162121B1S1

Reference: AB0162121B1S1

Price: USD 7,665.00

Case Diameter: 44MM

Case Thickness: 15.5MM

Case Material: Steel

Water Resistance: 200 Meters

Movement: Self-winding Breitling 01 Mechanical Movement

Power Reserve: Min. 70 Hours

Functions: Hour-Minute-Second, Date, Small-seconds, Chronograph

This watch is the new Superocean Héritage II B01 Chronograph watch launched this year. The 44 mm black dial with silver chronograph is particularly eye-catching. The three sub-dials in the center of the dial are arranged in order without being too compact, with a calendar display window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. The triangular luminous hour markers are particularly eye-catching on the black dial. The ratchet-type unidirectional bezel ensures the safety of the diving.

Summary: These three Breitling watches cover three areas of sea, land and aviation. The self-made 01 mechanical movement has high performance. Perhaps someone deplores the lost wings, but does not hinder the possession of a new Breitling without wings.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green Extends the Relationship Between Breitling and Bentley, Opening a New Chapter in the Future

A Roll of Proud History, a Personal Feeling

Breitling has an indissoluble bond with the automotive industry for many years. Its airborne on-board timer, introduced as early as 1931, is also designed for use in car dashboards. Not only that, there is a personal feeling between Bentley and Breitling that dates back 70 years. Inventor of the second far-sighted independent timing button, the third generation of the brand’s founder, Willy Breitling, also a loyal owner of Bentley. Since the late 1940s, it has often been seen that this fashionable watchmaker drove one of his many Bentley cars between Geneva and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Bentley Goes to Le Mans

Bentley is not only known for its luxury road cars, but also has a brilliant history of racing. Between 1924 and 1930, the famous “Bentley Boy” once won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Moreover, this success does not stop just in the past. In 2003, Bentley returned to Le Mans and took another runner-up. At this year’s world-renowned endurance event, Breitling was not only fortunate to be the main sponsor of the Bentley team, but also created a limited edition “Bentley Le Mans” chronograph to celebrate the event.

Breitling and Bentley: both Elegance and Luxury

Breitling has long been known for its sturdy “professional wristwatch”, but it has also created many elegant and luxurious watches with a wider audience. On the occasion of Breitling and Bentley’s intensive exploration of how to write a new chapter in partnership, these two classic brands are looking forward to sharing all kinds of sophisticated new products with all the friends, and once again making a self introduction to the eyes of exquisite people around the world.

Breitling is proud to announce a new chapter in cooperation with the famous British luxury car manufacturer Bentley. The cooperation between the two brands began in 2003. At the time, Breitling was the first watch manufacturer to design a car timer for the Bentley flagship Continental GT.

Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, is excited to continue his collaboration with Bentley. He said: “Bentley and Breitling have a highly consistent value. Both brands are known for their quality, performance and excellent design, and they are able to create a strong historical heritage in their respective fields. It is even more gratifying to write a new chapter on the history of the relationship.”

While celebrating the long-term relationship with Bentley, Breitling announced that it will add the Bentley Special Edition to its existing core product line, rather than just launching a separate Breitling for Bentley. Among the various extraordinary watches that are planned to be launched, the first one to be launched is the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Steel Green AB0118A11L1X1. With an amazing 70-hour power reserve, this watch features the Breitling flagship homemade 01 movement and is unobstructed through a unique transparent back with a metal Bentley logo. The series of timepieces also have the engraving seal of the word “Bentley”, which was inspired by the 1929 Bentley “Blower” instrument panel with supercharged power.

Exquisite Dial

This watch has a striking British racing green dial with a matching British racing green leather strap or steel bracelet. The two sub-dials in sharp contrast to the dial are at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and the date window is at 6 o’clock.

Special Meaning

Bentley will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, and Breitling plans to launch a special limited edition timepiece to pay tribute to the history of its partners’ century-old luxury car manufacturing.

In 2002, Adrian Hallmark, the Bentley sales and marketing director, signed a cooperation agreement with Breitling on behalf of the brand. He has become the chairman and CEO of Bentley. He said: “The long-lasting cooperation between Bentley and Breitling is a brilliant example. It shows us how the two brands that are cherishing each other make the two sides in a reliable way. The performance is icing on the cake. As the 100th anniversary celebration approaches, we certainly have to commemorate the success of the past, but more importantly, we must look forward to the future with enthusiasm for innovation. We have the same technology and exquisiteness as we do with Breitling. Craftsmanship and pioneering spirits will undoubtedly add confidence to our path ahead.”

How about Breitling Superocean Heritage Ⅱ 42/46 with a modified Tudor Caliber MT5612?

At 2017’s Baselworld Watch Fair, you must be impressed by the fact that Breitling and Tudor joined hands. Breitling supplied Caliber B01 for Tudor. In exchange, Tudor also provided Breitling with Caliber MT5612. It is generally known that there are such disparities between their brand positionings, so the skip-level cooperation confused me. In fact, it represents that Breitling won’t research and develop its own basic movements, and neither will Tudor. The advantage to this is that the cooperation can reduce the development cost and meet their product line. In short, it really kills two birds with one stone. It seems that a number of experts mind it. For most consumers, they are willing to spend money on good watches as long as they are of high quality, good look and good price.

Superocean Heritage Ⅰ vs  Ⅱ

Superocean Heritage II  42  vs  46

Those who are familiar with Breitling style and brand positioning known that Breitling watches are full of hard lines and cool, and so is Breitling Colt 36 female watch, so it isn’t appropriate for fair ladies. There are different kinds of men’s watches. Comparing with Breitling Superocean series-diving tool watches, Breitling Superocean Heritage series stands out its classic elements. Generally speaking, the logo of Breitling Tool Watch is a capital B with a pair of wings, such as Navitimer series, Chronoliner series, Chronomat series, Avenger series and so on, while Superocean Heritage has a stereo gold B logo, simple but luxury. Breitling Superocean Heritage Ⅱ is available in two sizes-42 mm /46 mm. They inherited the main features of Superocean Heritage 42/46, but minor changes exist. For the hour hand, Superocean Heritage 42/46 has an arrow hand, while Superocean Heritage Ⅱ has a flat arrow within a slim line. The pencil-shaped minute hand was transformed into the sword-shaped one or the rhombic one. It’s clear that the date aperture was moved from three O’clock to six O’clock. With the ceramic bezel, Superocean Heritage Ⅱ is equipped with a Caliber B20, a modified Tudor Caliber MT5612. Its power reserve extends up to 70 hours. Comparing with Superocean Heritage watch with a Caliber B17-a modified ETA-2824-2, the latest generation has higher performance.

Tudor  MT5612  vs  Breitling  B20

Available in 4 different dials and five kinds of straps, so it caused price variance from $ 3,389 to $ 4,050. Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch is equipped with Breitling Caliber B01. Breitling watch has discount, so its final price is close to Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch’s. Viewing from the brand positioning and polished B20, Breitling Superocean Heritage Ⅱ 42/46 is worth collecting. Besides, Breitling also supplies special tailor-made service. Your name can be printed on the watch, or you can assemble a characteristic watch according to your needs. In a word, I prefer Breitling Superocean Heritage Ⅱ 42/46 watch to Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch

Silicon/Gold Gears Create New Possibilities!

At Baselworld 2016-Watch and Jewel Show, Breitling, Piaget and Land & Heyne all launched new gears made of silicon or gold, in order to enhance the performance of the movement. What they have in common is the application of DRIE (Deep Reactive Ion Etching) or UV LIGA (Lithographie & Galvanoformung & Abformung) techniques. Breitling selected silicon to fabricate gears so as to reduce energy loss, while Piaget and Lang & Heyne
developed gold gears, not worse than other two brands. Three watch brands created new possibilities in the atomic domain.                                                    Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronoworks® Limited Edition Watch

ULTRA LIGHT-WEIGHT SILICON

Silicon gears aim to improve the performance of Breitling B01 self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, which would later became Breitling Caliber B01 Chronoworks®. In fact, a watch movement is in stopped state in 95% of the time, but it loses the energy every time when we restart it. In order to avoid lower the loss, Breitling adopted silicon to produce three of the most important wheels: center wheel, third wheel and fourth wheel since silion is only half as weighty as ordinary material. These gears are made by DRIE (deep reaction ion etching) process, which makes the whole structure more stable. Most of energy losses occurs in motion of the escapement system, so escape system is another part need to be improved. Silicon lever and escape wheel can reduce the weight of Swiss lever escapement and the inertia in operation effectively. Optimized escape wheel makes the effective utilization rate of barrel kinetic energy increase by 42%.

Breitling Caliber B01 Chronoworks®
Silicon gears

Silicon gears supplied by Siga-Tech Company was connected to untreated steel axle by Breitling self-developed package technique. The combination of steel and silicon means teeth must be shaped precisely in case hard silicon stab into the metal. The application of silicon gears created an industry precedent. Silicon gears and other four innovations (ceramic baseplate and bridges, silicon escape system, variable-inertia balance wheel and seconds pinion with elastic toothing) make power reserve increase by 45%, from 70 hours to 100 hours. Breitling Caliber B01 Chronoworks® movement was passed successfully by Swiss Official Chronometer Control.

Lang & Heyne gold gears

Piaget Calibre 700P

GOLD GEARS
Patek Philippe, Kari Voutilainen and De Bethune have used gold gears in specific movements. Many watch brands laid gold gears aside since the force of machine operation would cause bending deformation of gold after gold is in laser hardened process. 24 K gold gears are made with UV LIGA developed by Mimo-Tec Company. Gold gears (Vickers hardness: 260) is better resistance than brass gears (Vickers hardness: 185), helping improve the performance of the movement. For Piaget, The place of innovation is that Piaget Calibre 700P (Vickers hardness: 220) with pure gold gears and quartz thruster. Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P watch launched at Basel world 2016 Fair.

In top watchmaking, small machinery parts also have innovation needs and space. Watch brands improve constantly the performance of watches and movements to prove themselves and create more wonders.