“Alpha-Tango-November, cleared for Take-off, runway 31 right”….
You are alone in the cockpit of your airplane and the weather is not in your side this winter night, when you hear the tower to give you the above clearance. Your glance for a second falls unconsciounsly on your left wrist. At the sight of your Breitling Emergency, a faint smile appears on your face. “Finally”, you think, “I’m not alone. I have the right instrument with me. My partner in flight”.
Yes, and you’re absolutely right. Because exactly this is a Breitling chronograph : An Instrument for Professionals. A Partner in whatever you do, wherever you are.
All the great things in our world have a devoted creator. One of those, who’s devotion for chronographs and timers quided him to establish his workshop in the Swiss Jura in 1884, was Leon Breitling. The challenge was quite big. Breitling was sailing in very demanded waters but due to his passion in what he planned and loved to do , made him to find the right course to success.
Thanks to its high-quality products and its constant quest for innovation, the brand accompanied the boom of competitive sports and of the automobile – as well as the first feats of the aviation pioneers. In 1915, it heralded the emergence of the wrist chronograph by inventing the first independent chronograph pushpiece.
In 1923, it perfected this system by separating the stop/start functions from that of resetting. This patented innovation thereby made it possible to add several successive times without returning the hands to zero – which proved extremely useful both for timing sports competitions and for calculating flight times.
In 1934, Breitling set the final touch to the modern face of the chronograph by creating the second independent reset pushpiece – a decisive breakthrough that was soon adopted by the competition.
In 1969, the brand took on one of the greatest 20th century watchmaking challenges by presenting the first selfwinding chronograph movement.
In 1984, Breitling heralded the rebirth of the mechanical chronograph by launching the famous Chronomat, which has since become its leading model.
In 2009, the firm’s engineers once again made their mark on the history of the chronograph by creating Caliber 01 – the finest selfwinding chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured in the workshops of Breitling Chronométrie. A leader in the field of mechanical chronographs, the brand has also established itself in the vanguard of electronic watchmaking by developing an entire range of high-tech instruments first and foremost dedicated to aviation.
Breitling for Bentley
During a collaboration with the luxury car manufacturer Bentley Breitling in 2003 launches for the first time its model range
Breitling for Bentley, beginning with the model Bentley Motors. In 2004 the model Breitling for Bentley Le Mans follows, which is to date the largest chronograph made by Breitling.
The series is proving to be extremely successful and is extended continously. It includes models like Breitling for Bentley Flying B, Flying B Chronograph or Flying B No. 3, where the feat is managed of congenially transferring the noble flair of the automobiles to the watches – for example by adopting design forms of the cars or by taking original Bentley varnish colors and use them as dial colors.
In addition, the series is also used as demonstration of the horological excellence of the house of Breitling (also see Breitling Chronometrie, formerly Kelek), traceable at an increasing number of models with lavish and rare complications , such as the Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon or the Mark VI Complications 29.
Photo 1 : Breitling Navitimer wristwatch with circular slide rule.
Photo 2 : Breitling Emergency wristwatch.