In that sense, Breitling has produced an even more market product with the Emergency II compared to the original. You would see men wearing the first Emergency on a regular basis since it had been smaller and also a lot cheaper. With the new higher cost of this the more sophisticated, and clearly bigger Emergency II, Breitling has perhaps created a much more useful wearable emergency locator device, however it does not make for as good of a daily wear option — again, for many people.That doesn’t quit Breitling from offering as numerous trendy versions of this Emergency II as you possibly can. My favorite is the mention V7632519|C931|260S|V20DSA.2 that I managed to snag for review, which is the Emergency II using a mother-of-pearl dial. Funny enough, Breitling creates two variations of the Emergency II using a MOP dial, the other with green versus these blue accents is the ref. REF. V7632530 Strictly speaking, the only reason to have a mother-of-pearl dial would be for aesthetic effects. But isn’t this a tool watch? Yes, and a part of the allure of luxury timepieces is that you’re able to have such decoration in an otherwise quite functional device. This adds both charm and character.The Emergency II is available in a range of dial colors out of mother-of-pearl, ranging from yellow to orange and of course a more sober black. The general knob and dial bezel design will probably be familiar for those who know Breitling’s modern lineup of “Professional” watches equipped with analog/digital quartz movements. Within the watch is your Breitling caliber 76 SuperQuartz movement. This high-accuracy thermocompensated quartz movement has analog palms for the hours and minutes on the dial, as well as two LCD screens that could display other details. Along with this time, the motion (all functions are controlled by the crown) includes a full calendar, 1/100th of a second chronograph, countdown timer, second timezone, GMT, and alert clock.
Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand.
Split-second chronographs are coveted not so much for their functionality (although I do admit they are fun to play with) but rather because they are tricky to assemble. It was actually not until Richard Habring developed a special “low-cost” split-second chronograph module for the 7750 for IWC (where he worked at the time) that I believe the rattrapante mechanism was available for the (comparable) masses. Breitling’s B03 more than likely takes a different approach to assembling a split-second chronograph system, but is certainly more accessible in price than, say… one from Patek Philippe.
Breitling further explains that the rattrapante mechanism module is produced using an efficient 28 parts and is designed to be totally removed – and if needed, replaced – to facilitate easy servicing. Further, Breiting claims that while the B03’s split-second chronograph has been specially designed to use parts which are simpler to produce than more historic rattrapante models, this also provides the mechanism with more precise and reliable use. I say this because many split-second chronographs, given the delicate nature of their construction, are not celebrated for their precision or reliability. Note the fun design element where the Breitling Watches 1884 A68062 anchor B logo is split, so that half of it is on the main chronograph seconds hand, and the other is on the rattrapante hand.
Rattrapante chronographs are a bit difficult to explain without demonstrating them. The idea is that a main chronograph is supplemented with an additional chronograph seconds hand (which hides under the main chronograph seconds hand when not in use). A pusher in the crown (in this case) is used to activate this additional chronograph seconds hand, which can be used to independently measure a one-minute interval while the main 12-hour chronograph is in operation. Prior to digital devices these were clearly a bit more useful, but in today’s “technique-eager” luxury watch world, lots of people swoon over mechanical technology such as this.
The Breitling Watches 81950 Price Caliber B03 automatic chronograph movement is COSC Chronometer-certified and operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. The movement features the time, date, and 12-hour chronograph with split-second “rattrapante” functionality. Otherwise, this is very much your traditional Navitimer dial, only in brown. The design comes complete with a slew of markers and indicators, including the famed rotating slide-rule bezel for making various mathematical calculations only people in extreme emergencies (or with extreme analog calculator fetishes) will rely upon.
To launch the caliber B03, Breitling chose the 45mm-wide Navitimer watch with the brown dial in two case materials: steel, and 18ct red gold as a limited edition. The brown dials (Breitling actually calls them “Panamanian Bronze”) are matched to padded brown crocodile straps. Though Breitling will also offer the Navitimer Rattrapante on a leather or rubber strap.
To be honest, I’m not always sure who the target demographic is for split-second chronographs. It is a special sort of watch collector who values both sport watches and high-complications – but in the same timepiece. Breitling Watches $2000 does well to reassert their design and production strengths with this new version of the B01 series movement as the B03. The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante will be initially available in steel as well as in a limited edition of 250 pieces in 18ct red gold. Prices are $11,090 in steel and $32,895 in gold. breitling.com