Breitling has dropped a trio of brightly colored Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 watches as part of a seasonal capsule collection.
The South Sea Capsule Collection features lacquered dials in beige, midnight blue and mint green with matching alligator straps secured with folding clasps. The 36mm stainless steel watches feature golden hands and hour markers, each of which is set with a single diamond, while the unidirectional rotating bezels are set with a mix of gemstones graduating through yellow, orange, pink and red tones.
Inside of each watch is the Breitling Calibre 10, a 4Hz COSC-certified automatic chronometer with a power reserve of 42 hours.
The collection also fits into Breitling’s partnership with DREST, an interactive luxury fashion game for mobile devices, with the Swiss watch brand joining more than 200 global fashion brands already signed up. Players can no only take on the role of stylist using the latest products from these brands but also buy them through the platform as well.
A DREST mood board challenge goes live tomorrow, March 17 at 12 noon GMT, running for three days.
The South Sea Capsule Collection is available now via Breitling, priced $8,500 USD.
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Breitling announces a new size for the Chronomat – in 36mm with an automatic movement and 32mm in quartz. The intent is for women of purpose, action, and style. We had our hands on session with the watches, and here are our live photographs and impressions.
Swiss watch giants Breitling are largely associated with their pilots’ watches, chronometers and chronographs for men, however, since Georg Kern assumed the role of CEO in 2017, the Grenchen-based manufacturer has endeavoured to expand its appeal, particularly in their luxury watches for women. Over the past twelve months in particular, Breitling’s focus on their ladies’ collections has not gone unnoticed. From the Navitimer 35 to the Superocean 36 and their more recent Chronomat 32 and 36 Ladies watches, these feminine designs have captured all the right attention and now, Breitling have expanded their women’s line once again, this time with a capsule collection named the Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea.
Last year, the iconic Breitling Chronomat was redesigned after a solid four to five years of little to no changes to the collection. Its resurrection took inspiration from the original Chronomat of the 1980’s with interchangeable rider tabs on the bezel, brushed stainless steel cases and the legendary Rouleaux bracelet. We also saw some fantastic improvements including the in-house manufacture B01 automatic winding movement housed at its core. Following on from the new men’s Breitling Chronomat range, the Swiss brand then unveiled an elegant series of Chronomat ladies watches in 32 and 36mm. Dressed in a choice of diamonds, colourful dials and 18 carat rose gold, the collection was well-received by women looking for a watch that was just as elegant as it was adventurous.
Today, the modern-retro aesthetics of the Chronomat are transformed again, this time with new exotic colourways and dazzling coloured gemstones. The Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea collection consists of three models in total, each differing in their dial and strap design. The first reference A10380611A1P1 boasts a pinkish beige lacquered dial inspired by the pastel shades of summer with a matching beige alligator leather strap. The second under reference A10380611C1P1 has a deep blue lacquered dial and strap designed to evoke marine life. The third reference is model A10380611L1P1 which with its stunning mint green lacquered dial and green khaki alligator leather strap takes inspiration from our world’s lush greenery. All dials are detailed with rose gold Superluminova hands and indexes and diamond dot hour markers.
Other than their dial and strap colourway, each Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea watch follows suit in their case size, case material, movement, and functionality. Measuring to 36mm in diameter and 10.1mm in height, the stainless steel cases promise a 100 metre water resistance with non-screw locked crowns, solid screwed case backs and cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Characteristic of the Breitling Chronomat, the South Sea Ladies models are also kitted out with unidirectional ratcheted bezels that are for the first time adorned with an array of coloured gemstones in red, pink, orange and yellow.
On the technical side, the Breitling ladies’ watches are powered by the Breitling Calibre 10 automatic winding movement. Based on the ETA 2892-A2, the movement has been COSC certified to be accurate to 4 to +6 seconds per day and delivers classic central hands for hours, minutes and seconds, a date window at 6 o’clock, a 42 hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Alongside the release of the Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea Ladies watches, for the first time, Breitling have teamed up with DREST, an interactive luxury fashion mobile game. The game puts players in the role of fashion stylists who can choose clothing and accessories from over 200 leading global fashion brands. Now included in this portfolio is Breitling and the new Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule collection which can be played and shopped directly in game.