Aviation is the natural habitat of Breitling watches and, over the years, the brand has supplied cockpit instruments and advanced mechanical watches for both military and civilian markets.
Just say the word Breitling along with the image that springs to mind – well at least in my head – is John Travolta sitting on a tarmac someplace with his private jet in the background, or within a more recent reincarnation with an X-15 rocket airplane. Many will remember Raquel Welch in the 1967 film Fathom as the sexy American skydiver, more often than not wearing a lime green bikini. However, and this is where we girls come in the film, during one of her daredevil jumps she’s pictured wearing a Co-Pilot Chronograph from Breitling watches, revealing the world that action women need proper action sequences, and look pretty good in them also.
Breitling not merely generates timepieces made to withstand the most trying conditions at death-defying altitudes or for exploring the ocean’s floor, every model is certified as a Swiss COSC-chronometer.
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For girls with a head for altitude and speed, the Breitling Colt watch is a classic aviation company. First established in the 1980s for its armed forces, the Colt appealed to civilians thanks to its sturdiness, functionality and legibility. Through the years, the Colt has become the very attractively-priced Breitling watch and is the timepiece of choice for its reigning world aerobatics queen, Aude Lemordant. The 36mm girls’ watches are available with mother-of-pearl dials along with also the option of diamond indices plus a diamond-set bezel for an extra touch of femininity. The chronometer-certified Superquartz motion delivers a level of precision 10 times superior to normal quartz and has a battery life of eight years.
The new Superocean II ladies’ watches are reliable, rugged and great-looking dive partners, which will see you to depths of up to 200 metres. With their all-white look and 36mm case developed for smaller wrist measurements, these watches are severe superdivers. The unidirectional rotating rubber bezel – a vital ally on your dive – screens large, clearly visible numerals with a luminescent marker at 12 o’clock. The numerals and hands are accentuated with luminescent coating, and the sturdy steel case using its screwed-down crown and caseback, is presented on a sporty white rubber Ocean Racer strap with a row of holes for a cool 1970s groove. It’s also outfitted with a chronometer-certified automatic movement to maintain the hours, minutes, seconds and date in excellent synch.
Breitling’s more complex Galactic collection also features 36mm ladies’ watches available in a combination of materials and finishes. I especially enjoy the striated crown of this Galactic model along with the super practical and very cool wavy stainless steel bracelet. The COSC-certified Breitling 37 automatic movement delivers a 42-hour power book and may be shrunk to depths of 100 metres.