Breitling announces two launches in partnership with Outerknown, the sustainable apparel brand co-founded by surfing legend and Breitling Surfers Squad member Kelly Slater. In addition to the new Superocean Outerknown watch, Breitling introduces the first Outerknown ECONYL® yarn NATO strap collection. The 18 ecologically responsible straps, which will dress up any Breitling watch, are crafted from ECONYL® yarn, a material created from regenerated nylon waste, one source of which is fishing nets from the world’s oceans.
Breitling has been known for its outstanding dive watches since 1957, when it introduced the original SuperOcean. The brand continues to produce superb underwater performers, but in recent years, it has also underscored its commitment to clean oceans and beaches through its partnerships with Outerknown and the sustainable apparel manufacturer’s co-founder Kelly Slater, who is described as the world’s greatest surfer.
Like Breitling, Outerknown works with the NGO Ocean Conservancy to raise awareness of the problem of marine waste. In 2018, Breitling celebrated the partnerships with its Superocean Heritage Chronograph 44 Outerknown. The brand is excited about offering a new watch inspired by the commitment it shares with Kelly Slater and Outerknown to help clean the world’s oceans and beaches.
A Double Launch: the Superocean Outerknown and the Outerknown ECONYL® Yarn NATO Strap Collection
The new Superocean Outerknown builds on Breitling’s strong partnership with Outerknown and underscores the two brands’ shared dedication. The Outerknown ECONYL® yarn NATO strap collection takes the commitment to a new level. The straps are made of ECONYL®yarn, a material created exclusively from recycled nylon waste. The 18 references make a profound environmental statement and feature six different colors and four different sizes, and come with a buckle in regular stainless steel or DLC-coated stainless steel. These models are as vibrant and stylish as they are ecologically sound.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern says: “We are happy to be able to build on our excellent partnership with Kelly Slater and Outerknown. The Superocean Outerknown is a fantastic watch, but the enduring story is the innovative strap collection. It marks another important step in our shared focus on sustainability.” Kelly Slater agrees: “I often point out that the ocean and the beach are essentially my office. I’ll do everything in my power to keep them clean. These new ECONYL® yarn straps that we’ve made with Georges and the team at Breitling are a step toward a cleaner environment, and we’re proud to have our name associated with them. Importantly, they raise awareness that individuals really can make a difference. The oceans and beaches belong to all of us, so we want to encourage every man, woman, and child to help.”
Like Kelly Slater, Mark Walker, CEO of Outerknown, is pleased to be extending the partnership with the Swiss brand, saying, “Breitling is a perfect and natural fit for Outerknown. Like us, they work closely with Ocean Conservancy, and it is clear that we all share a number of common values.”
The Breitling Superocean Outerknown features a 44-millimeter stainless-steel case with a ratcheted unidirectional bezel, a feature that allows divers to time their dives accurately. It has a green dial and central hour, minute, and second hands that, like the numerals and indexes, are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that makes them easily readable in any lighting conditions.
The Superocean Outerknown is presented on a khaki green Outerknown NATO strap made of ECONYL® yarn – an innovative material created from nylon waste, recovered among others from the ocean – one source of which is fishing nets from oceans around the world.
The Superocean Outerknown is powered by a Breitling Caliber 17, which offers a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. The COSC-certified chronometer is water resistant to 100 bar/1000 meters, so it will more than meet the needs of any underwater adventurer. The watch’s screwed stainless-steel caseback is engraved with the Outerknown logo.
The New Outerknown ECONYL® Yarn NATO Strap Collection
The Outerknown ECONYL® yarn NATO strap collection, created in cooperation with Outerknown, is fresh, vibrant, and colorful, and, while the straps were designed specifically for the new Superocean collection, they can be paired with any Breitling watch.
Each of the 18 references is made of ECONYL® yarn, created exclusively from recycled nylon waste. They are available in six colors: blue with dark blue stripes and lining, light blue with dark blue stripes and lining, yellow with orange stripes and lining, gray with blackstripes and lining, red with black stripes and lining, and green with black stripes and lining.
Their buckles and keepers are available in two finishes: stainless steel and black DLC-coated stainless steel. And, with four different size options ranging from 18 mm to 24 mm, there is an Outerknown ECONYL® yarn NATO strap perfectly suited to every Breitling watch.
The Outerknown ECONYL® yarn NATO straps will be available exclusively through Breitling’s authorized e-commerce platforms, where customers can first configure a Breitling watch with one of the innovative, environmentally responsible new straps before deciding to purchase it.
The SuperOcean Legacy
The Breitling Superocean Outerknown and the new Outerknown ECONYL® yarn NATO strap collection extend a legacy that can be traced back more than 60 years. The first SuperOcean watches were designed with a focus on the underwater challenges faced by divers. The new Superocean and Superocean Heritage models are more than equal to those tasks, but Breitling has broadened its focus to take on one of the greatest challenges of all: to help ensure that future generations will have the chance to enjoy healthy oceans – in effect, the source of all life on Earth – and clean beaches.
Big Bang Special Edition Rockies
Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot celebrated the opening of its first U.S.
mountain-resort boutique in Aspen
and launch of the Spirit of Big Bang
Special Edition Rockies. The celebration hosted a ribbon cutting
ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner alongside friend of the brand, Olympic
Gold Medalist, and world champion, Bode
VIP and members of the media enjoyed an action-packed day set against the unrivaled Aspen landscape, hitting the slopes at Aspen Snowmass while keeping time with Hublot clocks on display throughout the resort. The evening kicked off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony presented by Jean-Francois Sberro, President of Hublot North America, which flowed into a cocktail reception where guests perused Hublot’s latest novelties and mingled with Bode Miller. All attention turned to Jean-Francois Sberro as the hazy white glass of the main vitrines faded to reveal the Spirit of Big Bang Rockies. To cap the day of celebrations, guests dined at legendary members-only Caribou Club, toasting to Hublot’s expanding presence in Aspen.
“Hublot has developed strong relationships with leading ski destinations around the world, so we are proud to be opening the first North American mountain-resort boutique in the iconic city of Aspen. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with this incredible city and are grateful for Bode Miller’s continued support.” -Jean-Francois Sberro, CEO HUBLOT NORTH AMERICA
“I am excited to be joining Hublot again as they continue to bring the brand’s culture of excellence to Aspen.” -Bode Miller, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, HUBLOT FRIEND OF THE BRAND
The Spirit of Big Bang Special Edition Rockies, limited to 25 pieces, features a white ceramic case and blue lined rubber straps, offering another chic take on the brand’s signature Art of Fusion. Designed for the serious and stylish skier, the high-tech ceramic – zirconium dioxide with high temperature sintering – provides a hard and solid case resistant to scratching and ageing, yet lighter than steel. Sporty and sophisticated, the trademark rubber straps add another element of function and style. Outfitted with the quintessential colors of ski season, snow white against clear blue skies, the newest Spirit of Big Bang houses the HUB4700 self-winding chronograph movement inside the iconic 42mm tonneau case.
Hublot Aspen, the brand’s first mountain-resort boutique in North America, will be operating through the winter with a full selection of timepieces in addition to the exclusive special edition Spirit of Big Bang Rockies. Featuring a bar and lounge with evening trading hours, the boutique is perfect for après! Located in the heart of West End, the charming and vibrant bustle of the town encompassed by the Rocky Mountains creates the perfect backdrop for Hublot.
The seasonal boutique supports Hublot’s position as the Official Timekeeper of Aspen Snowmass, one of the most prestigious ski destinations in North America, where Hublot reinforces the mountain culture closely tied to the brand’s Swiss heritage. In addition to this partnership, Hublot has developed strong relationships with leading luxury ski resorts around the world including Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps and Zermatt, where Hublot opened a chalet-styled boutique in both villages, released dedicated limited editions, and signed partnerships with iconic actors and venues affiliated with both resorts. Aspen Snowmass Resort joined the Hublot portfolio sharing the same ambition of being “first, unique and different” and celebrating ski culture.
The Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45
It has been more than 85 years since Breitling introduced the first modern chronograph, whose influence on watch design has been incalculable. With its new Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45, featuring its interpretation of one of watchmaking’s grandest complications, the brand has shown that it remains at innovation’s cutting edge. The Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 has an 18 k red gold case and is equipped with Breitling’s Manufacture Caliber B03, a unique split-second movement protected by two patents. Its innovative construction ensures maximum precision, sturdiness, and reliability.
The rattrapante is one of the most sophisticated complications in all of watchmaking. Put simply, with two superimposed central chronograph hands, it can measure two elapsed times simultaneously. The rattrapante feature in the new Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 is very special indeed, and there are some additional details that define this watch as an instant classic.
The Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 is as aesthetically impressive as it is technically sophisticated. Housed in a big, bold 45 mm 18 k red gold case, it is distinguished by a Stratos Gray dial. Its hour markers and hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova®, which guarantees legibility in all lighting conditions. The watch has a bidirectional rotating bezel with the circular slide rule that has long been associated with Breitling’s Navitimers.
The Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 offers another exquisite detail. Normally, a Breitling Navitimer features a stylized “B” logo with an anchor symbol adorning the base of the chronograph hands. But here there is a subtle refinement, with the logo divided between two hands. The B is on the red chronograph hand, while the anchor sits on the split-second hand. As a result, the two elements of the logo are separated when the split-second hand is stopped and reform when the hands realign with each other.
The split-second pusher, which is housed in the crown at 3 o’clock, serves to stop and restart the split-second hand as often as desired during a timing operation, allowing the wearer to measure split times or compare the results of several competitors.
The Breitling Manufacture Caliber B03 was produced by the brand at its Chronométrie facility in La Chaux-de- Fonds. The COSC-certified chronometer, whose performance can be viewed through the watch’s transparent sapphire caseback, offers a power reserve of around 70 hours and is protected by a five-year warranty. The watch, with its striking 18 k red gold case, is presented on a black alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.
The Navitimer and Breitling’s Chronograph Legacy
Since its development in 1952, the Breitling Navitimer has been one of the world’s most admired chronographs, and, with some recent additions to the family, Breitling has been introducing this watchmaking legend to a whole new generation of enthusiasts around the world.
The Navitimer is arguably the most iconic of all Breitling wristwatches. This twentieth-century classic remains popular in the twenty-first century, more than 65 years after it was first launched to meet the needs of a growing commercial and recreational aviation market. Thanks to the circular slide rule that was capable of performing a range of calculations relevant to aviation, the Navitimer was adopted by pilots and especially favored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Instantly recognizable, this timeless chronograph’s design is as appealing today as it was when it was introduced.
Behind the Navitimer are more than a century’s worth of horological breakthroughs. Breitling developed the first independent pusher located at the 2 o’clock position in 1915 and a second independent pusher in 1934, shaping the modern chronograph in both form and function. The brand introduced a self-winding chronograph – one of the world’s first – in 1969, and all true watch aficionados are passionate about the classic 1944 Duograph, whose split-second chronograph movement was developed in part by Breitling.
Breitling has long been regarded as a leader in mechanical chronograph movements, and the new Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 in 18 k red gold enhances the brand’s status, demonstrating just how exciting a mechanical wristwatch can be.
Big Bang Integral
New product alert: the first Big Bang with an integrated bracelet! 15 years
after its creation, the Big Bang features its FIRST integrated metal bracelet,
with the first link fused with the case. An integrated bracelet means a
restyled case, with Hublot’s signature codes: UNIQUE & DIFFERENT. A single,
unique piece featuring integrated architecture; a fusion of technology and
style for the wrist. A watch that embodies the spirit of Hublot, with its
iconic use of black ceramic, King Gold or titanium. The new launch consists of
three models, including a 500-piece limited edition All Black version dedicated
to the “invisible visibility” concept introduced in 2006.
“15 years of the Big Bang and a new first. A unique, fully integrated bracelet and a redesigned case for a different clientèle. The Big Bang Integral and its integrated architecture have propelled this model into a whole new universe.” -Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot
2005-2020 – 15 years of the Big Bang
Launched at Baselworld in 2005, the Big Bang, a fusion of steel, ceramic and rubber, introduced the Art of Fusion and its iconic design – a huge success for Hublot.
2020 – The year of the integrated bracelet
In 2020, to mark its 15th anniversary, the Big Bang is available for the first time in its history with a tailored integrated bracelet which sits perfectly against the skin. So perfectly, in fact, that to look at the Big Bang Integral – with a visual harmony resulting from absolute proportions – you would think that it had always existed.
A UNIQUE bracelet unlike any other. Its aesthetic signature is powerful enough for it to be instantly associated with that of the Big Bang. Three links: one central and two lateral; in that respect, at least, a standard bracelet. But then its sharp style adopts the codes of the case, with edges that not only echo the aesthetic of the pushers but also the architecture of the middle with is cutouts. The polished and satin-finished surfaces, and the bevelling and chamfering of the links, create the same effect of depth and contrast as between the case and the bezel lug.
Of course, an integrated bracelet means a redesigned case. While its dial and bezel are identical to the existing Big Bang 42 mm model – with the exception of the indices which replace the Arabic numerals – its pushers return to the codes of the original model from 2005. It is these pushers which inspired the style of the bracelet, with their interplay of angles and chamfers and alternating polished and satin finishes punctuating the watch, from the middle to the bracelet.
The Big Bang Integral retains its iconic “sandwich” construction, this time without the composite resin insert, with the watch crafted entirely from one material – Titanium, King Gold, or Ceramic. The only exceptions are the black composite resin lugs on its bezel and the crown overmoulded with rubber.
It is released in three materials inextricably linked to the history of Hublot: lightweight titanium, hard-wearing, scratch-proof ceramic (500 pieces) and King Gold, a unique alloy of gold, copper and platinum which results in an intensely red 18-carat gold and is exclusive to Hublot.
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