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Breitling’s Transocean Chronograph Edition Looks to the Past for Inspiration

The new timepiece takes its design cues from midcentury travel watches…

Limited to just 2,000 pieces worldwide, the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition is a retro-styled timepiece inspired by the design of a travel watch the company produced in 1956. The outer edge of the watch’s two-tone dial is marked with a tachymeter scale, which can determine the speed of an object traveling a fixed distance. The left subdial serves as a constant seconds indicator, while the right subdial records the minutes that have elapsed when the chronograph function is active. A nice vintage throwback, this 30-minute totalizer features long marks at three, six, and nine minutes—a common feature of chronometers from the 1950s that allowed their wearers to time long-distance phone calls, which were billed in three-minute intervals. A date window positioned at 6 o’clock rounds out the watch’s functions. The back crystal of the timepiece is protected by a hinged steel cover that, when opened, reveals not only the watch’s automatic movement but also a personal, engraved message. Like all Breitling watches, the Transocean Chronograph Edition, priced at $9,695, has been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, meaning it will maintain a high level of precision in a range of conditions. (breitling.com)

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