BREITLING CHRONOWORKS

 

The automobile world has its engine-tuners, responsible for adjusting motors so as to achieve superior performance. With the Breitling Chronoworks® department, the watch industry now also has its exceptional engine experts, in charge of developing and testing technical breakthroughs that can subsequently be introduced on series-produced models. Turning their attention tothe Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, the Chronoworks® specialists have already incorporated five major innovations serving to increase its power reserve from 70 to 100 hours. The fruit of its efforts is showcased in a Superocean Héritage Chronoworks® limited series, featuring a standout look and equally outstanding accomplishments.

Breitling is a chronograph specialist that has already played a crucial role in the technical development of this type of instruments, thanks to inventions such as the first independent pushpiece at 2 o’clock (1915), the second independent pushpiece (1934) and the selfwinding chronograph (1969). The firm is one of the rare watch companies to own its own mechanical chronograph movements, entirely developed and produced in the ultramodern Breitling Chronométrie complex in La Chaux-de-Fonds. To develop these Manufacture calibers, Breitling has gathered under its roof the finest engineers and watch movement constructors. The result is a range of smart, high-performance ‘engines’ equipped with useful and userfriendly functions, all chronometer certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the ultimate token of reliability and precision. The test bench for tomorrow’s technologies

Performance is an outright obsession for Breitling. As the privileged partner of aviation, a field where security and reliability are of vital importance, the firm constantly strives to improve the quality of its movements. It is in this spirit that the

Chronoworks® department was created, driven by a determination to keep moving ahead and pushing boundaries in the service of professionals. Regrouping the finest specialists working in one of the best-equipped labs in the entire watch industry, this cutting-edge unit is dedicated to seeking out innovative solutions that will serve to enhance movement performance and to testing avant-garde concepts suitable for introduction into standard production. A think tank and a test bench for tomorrow’s technologies – very much like the kind of innovations tested in Formula 1 and subsequently incorporated into series-made cars.

Movement: Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 Chronoworks®, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 36 jewels. 100-hour power reserve. 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30- minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar. Case: black ceramic (100-piece limited series). Water-resistant to 100 m/330 ft. Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Transparent sapphire caseback. Diameter: 46 mm. Dial: Volcano black. Strap: rubber Aero Classic.