Functionally recently Breitling watches unveiled the modern in a classic time
13 March, 2014 at 8:13 am in Business
The newest in-house movement from the house of Breitling for 2012 is the caliber 05. It builds on the original caliber 01 by adding a handy world time ring to the dial. The movement debuts in the good looking Transocean Unitime watch, which will now be promoted by new Breitling brand ambassador David Beckham. I go hands-on with the watch to tell you what it is all about.
Recently Breitling unveiled the modern Transocean collection with a three-hand and chronograph model which i reviewed hands-on here. The Transocean is a slick, retro-looking boardroom watch in a contemporary size, fitting for today's "Breitling guy. " That means the three-hand automatic isn't dainty being 43mm wide. This new Breitling Chrono Matic replica however is larger at 46mm wide. That certainly isn't too large for a Breitling, but is probably close to the size ceiling for what people want in a classic looking timepiece.
Functionally, the Transocean Unitime adds a world time ring and aesthetically it also adds a globe in the center of the dial. When i first saw pictures of the Unitime I thought the globe look glossy and might have been in mother-of-pearl. No, not for this manly watch. The center globe is more a blue with a natural looking color gradient with gray-colored land masses.
It certainly conveys the message of "this is a travelers watch" - no confusion there. Everyone loves a nice 24 hour disc-based world time feature. You've seen this on pieces from Patek Philippe, down to entry level luxury watch brands. It is very handy. For a long time if you wanted a good world timer watch with a chronograph you'd get something like a Girard-Perregaux ww. tc (reviewed here). Now you can add a Breitling Transocean Unitime to that short list.
"Unitime" actually stands for "universal time. " I think that Breitling didn't want to sound ordinary and came up with a name that was anything but "world timer. " I would have done the same. Though "Unitime" sorta of sounds like it means "one time, " which is ironically the exact opposite of what this watch displays.
Added to the dial on a watch like this are two moving discs. First is a 24 hour disc that is used in conjunction with second, a reference city ring. Together these are used to tell the time in each of the 24 main time zones based on the local time. You always need to set the local time on the city ring when moving around. The good news is that because this is built on the 01 movement, you can adjust only the hour when changing your time zone. That helps preserve timepiece accuracy when setting the watch.