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The Breitling Emergency 2 - The Video

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 27, 2013 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (1)

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OMG I want one. I told Mrs P she could wear it when she went to Waitrose so that I wouldn't be worrying about her but it was still a big fat no! This quite simply is the epitome of Boys Stuff!

The Breitling Emergency 2 - For The Grail List

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (2)

The Breitling Emergency is back to save the world again and with a colour to suit every life saving situation. It's on the Grail list, we love it and so what if the most daring thing I will ever do with it is to time a boiled egg, I don't half want one! Text and photos from Breitling.

Breitling has reaffirmed its pioneering role in the field of technical watches and instruments for professionals by creating the very first wristwatch with a built-in personal locator beacon (PLB). The Emergency II is a high-tech gem equipped with a dual frequency transmitter compliant with the specifications of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite alert system and serving both to issue alerts and to guide search and rescue missions.

Developed in conjunction with major scientific institutes, the Emergency II is distinguished by numerous microelectronic and microtechnical innovations, including a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual frequency transmitter and an unprecedented integrated antenna system – three features specifically developed for this model.

As the first ever wristworn dual frequency PLB, it establishes itself as a safety and survival instrument in all distress situations on land, at sea and in the air.

Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on January 25, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Breitlings Press release announces this beautiful watch as follows.

A tribute to the spirit of travel to distant lands aboard luxurious longhaul airliners, the Breitling Transocean welcomes a brand-new chronograph for women endowed with a distinctive blend of character and elegance.


With its understated design and refined dials, the Transocean offers a resolutely contemporary stylistic interpretation of the aesthetic of 1950s and 1960s chronographs. A model of fine workmanship and excellence, it has established itself as a new classic marrying prestige and distinction. Breitling is now enriching this exceptional collection with a 38 mm-diameter ladies’ chronograph that lends a touch of character to any wrist, including the daintiest. The case with its pure lines, accentuated by a beveled bezel and slender lugs, comes in a choice of steel or 18K red gold. The meticulously crafted dials are adorned with applied hour-markers and hollowed counters featuring a spiral motif. They are available in three refined colors – deep black, glowing silver and a highly original midnight blue shade. The caseback is engraved with the two stylized planes that were a longtime Breitling symbol, as indeed was the initial B in 18K gold enhancing the dial. The Barenia or crocodile leather straps offer a broad choice of vivid or classic hues, while a steel mesh bracelet lends a touch of boldness and sophistication. A paragon of elegance, the Transocean Chronograph 38 also boasts outstanding performances thanks to a selfwinding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest benchmark in terms of precision and reliability. Transocean Chronograph 38: First-class femininity.

Here at Beastie Folly we liked the Transocean from the word go and reported on the Limited Edition Version here.

Inside the 18ct rose gold or stainless steel case is a COSC-certified automatic chronograph movement – The Breitling 41. The major difference between tthis and the original Transocean is that the 38 is a two-register chronograph with running seconds at 3 o’clock and a 30 minute counter for the chronograph at 9 o’clock, while the 43 is three-register, adding an hour’s counter at 6 o’clock.

The case with its clean lines, accentuated by a bevelled bezel and slender lugs, comes in a choice of steel or 18K red gold. The dial has a tachymeter scale around its edge as well as longer indexes at three, six and nine minutes on the chronograph counter, and the date is now at 6 o’clock, rather than at 4 o’clock as seen on the Transocean Chronograph 43mm.

Breitling have aimed this watch at women but although petite by modern sizes the watch is masculine in design and to our eyes is perfectly suitable for the gentleman who prefers a more discreet watch, or who perhaps has smaller wrists.

Put simply this is a beautiful watch for the discerning of all sexes.


Beckham Travels with Breitling

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I love this partnership simply because we get to see some wonderful work by Anthony Mandler tying these two icons together! Beastie Folly gives this the thumbs up and make sure you click the photos to view them large!

Breitling Press Release

Breitling has chosen David Beckham as the face of its Transocean Chronograph Unitime Worldtimer watch. The new campaign establishes a long-term partnership between the innovative and historic Swiss brand and one of the world's most celebrated icons.

Through its long-established ties with aviation, the sky has always been the limit for Breitling – as the brand has proved throughout its history by creating a number of travel watches including the famous Unitime in the 1950s and 60s.

In the spring of 2012, it took things to the next level by presenting the Transocean Chronograph Unitime. Equipped with the new Manufacture Breitling Caliber B05 featuring a patented mechanism, this worldtimer chronograph has asserted itself as the ultimate travel watch thanks to its double disk enabling permanent readings of the time in all 24 timezones, and its ultra-user-friendly crown-operated correction system.

One of the world's most successful sportsmen and style icons, Beckham stars in the Breitling advert featuring a highly evocative visual shot by renowned American photographer Anthony Mandler. On the runway of the Mojave Air & Space Port in California, the striking image shows Beckham standing in front of a private jet wearing his Transocean Chronograph Unitime.

"I've always been a long-time admirer of Breitling", said David Beckham. "As a company they create not only the highest-performance watches but also timeless designs that have inspired generations. It was a natural choice for me to partner with this fantastic brand."


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Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 31, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I love the names of watches. This one is a cracker. I just have to say it out loud and I want one. Mrs Peanut was the same with the Breitling Superocean Steelfish! I feel the same way about my Chopard Mille Miglia XL Power Control!

This to us is Breitling doing what Breitling do best. Big solid tool watches. This design allies its military style cues to  serious diver functionality - the Breitling Avenger Seawolf Code Yellow is 45mm wide and is water resistant to 3,000 meters!  The all brushed, all black case has a tactical look that is further enhanced by the stencil-style numerals giving the watch a very military/special ops feel. A splash of yellow completes the look. The result is a very satisfying fashion or functional watch.

I'm a Breitling fan but unfortunately I don't have Breitling pockets but if I did this would be on my wrist in a flash!


This is how Breitling describe their latest limited edition.

Its name says it all. Avenger for its power and its unfailing sturdiness. Seawolf for water resistance to the fabulous depth of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). Blacksteel for the black case achieved by a highly resistant carbon-based treatment. And Code Yellow for the extremely original touches of yellow enlivening the seconds hand, the inner bezel, and the Automatic inscription on the dial. With this 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has created an exceptional instrument matching peerless performances with an unusual appearance. Born to face up to the most extreme conditions, this professional diver's watch has what it takes to accompany toplevel feats in deep waters. An ergonomic case sporting a design based on digital simulations. A unidirectional rotating bezel. A large screw-locked crown with non-slip grip, protected by substantial lateral reinforcements. An ultra-readable dial with oversized hands and large luminescent accents. A thick sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides. A security valve serving to balance out the differences between the case exterior and interior. The ultra-sporty and ultracontemporary design is enhanced by highly original stencil-type numerals – echoing Breitling aeronautical vocation – and by a rubber strap. Inside this allblack super-diving model beats a mechanical selfwinding movement that is officially chronometer-certified – like all Breitling movements. Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow: power in action.

Navitimer Blue Sky Limited Edition 60th Anniversary

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We have long been fans of the Navitimer here at Beastie Folly and in many ways it is with our very own Navitimer that the whole "watch thing" began. The Navitimer has always been our Holy Grail watch, so news of a limited edition 60 years in flight special edition is to us well worth taking note of. Here then is Breitling's press release on the new edition - blue is definitely the colour of the moment. 

Breitling Celebrates The Legendary Navitimer's 60 Years In Flight

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Navitimer chronograph, the cult model among pilots and aviation enthusiasts, Breitling is introducing a 500-piece limited edition with an elegant dial in an exclusive shade of blue and aptly named the Navitimer Blue Sky.

In 1952, Breitling – already a firm fixture among aeronautical professionals – decided to create a new "wrist instrument" specifically designed with aviators in mind. The result was the Navitimer with its famous circular slide rule providing simple and fast handling of all calculations relating to airborne navigation: an authentic wristworn instrument panel. In an era preceding the advent of electronic calculators, this model unique in its kind was soon adopted by many pilots for flight preparation and monitoring – whether it came to calculating average speed, distance covered, fuel consumption or rates of ascent and descent. The only authentic aviation chronograph in widespread use, it was naturally chosen as the official watch by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the largest of its kind in the world and of which the logo often appears on models from the 1950s and 1960s. The Navitimer features a functional design and a highly original technical yet elegant look that is recognizable at first glance. It thus established itself as one of the ten great 20th century watchmaking classics, a timeless benchmark in its field and a reliable value. Continuously made since 1952, while remaining loyal to the aesthetic of the original, it is the world's oldest mechanical chronograph still in production.

A Handsomely Stylish Limited Edition

To celebrate its 60 years in flight, the favorite watch among aviation enthusiasts is now available in a 500-piece steel limited edition with a magnificent blue dial, a silver inner bezel and a red central chronograph seconds hand. A handsomely stylish new face for the most emblematic Breitling model. A transparent caseback affords a chance to admire Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, the best selfwinding chronograph movement. The series number is engraved on the case middle at 9 o'clock, and the color match is reinforced by an exclusive dark blue crocodile leather strap. The Navitimer Blue Sky Limited Edition 60th anniversary is also available on the Navitimer bracelet – or the highly original perforated Air Racer bracelet.

Navitimer: the legend lives on.