The popular Breitling Chronomat 41 is now available in a black and red color-set, limited to 2, 000 pieces. As with the full Chronomat 41 range, this model has Breitling’s automatic mechanical Caliber 01 movement inside, fully visible through the sapphire crystal caseback (the in-house, COSC-certified B01 debuged in 2009). What differentiates this model from the “normal” Chronomat 41’s is its color-set - black dial with a red central chronograph seconds hand and red counter hands. One design element I’ve never warmed up to is the use of a “square” section on the dial - see my modified image below. breitling Super Avenger II replica uses this or a similar “boxing” of the inner dial on several of its models. It just seems like a weird geometry to introduce into a watch that is otherwise all circles and curves. A matter of personal preference, yes; but for me a definite turn-off. In the image below I have highlighted in yellow the “boxing” of the inner dial. Actually it is not even a square (note the one edge is angled so as to avoid the date window). A peculiar and unnecessary design element, if you ask me! 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. |
“Barnato” The name of the most famous among the “Bentley Boys”, the men engaged in a passionate pursuit of victories and accomplishments that included winning the Le Mans 24 hours Race no less than five times between 1924 and 1930. ’ In 1923, Walter Owen Bentley sent one of his speed machines to take part in the first edition of the Le Mans 24 hours. In 1924, the British firm created a sensation by winning the race with a Bentley 3 Litres - a feat that it accomplished four more times, in 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930, the two latter victories being earned in a breitling Avenger II replica. This was the era of the legendary Bentley Boys: Benjafield, Birkin, Davis, Rubin, Kidston and above all Barnato, the most famous of them all, a multi-millionaire diamond merchant. Gifted sportsmen, authentic amateurs, often fabulously wealthy and irresistible charmers, the Bentley Boys raced first and foremost for honour, fired by a taste for challenges. Dedicated as much to partying as to winning, they were to leave an indelible imprint on the Bentley spirit: an unmistakable blend of performance and luxury.
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 low price 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.
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. ” 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.
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