Breitling Dive Watches
For perfectly good reasons, an ambassador announcement rarely elicits more than an eye roll in the watch world, but when a brand partnership is done right, and for the right reasons, everyone stands to get something out of it – including watch fans. Thankfully, Breitling’s recently assembled “Surfer Squad” is surprisingly shaping up to fall in the latter camp, at least in my book, with the debut of the new Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown edition watch.
It has been noticed that designer Niklas Bergenstjerna re-imagines some modern dive watches with a vintage bronzed look. Initially inspired by the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Dive Watch, Niklas imagined what some some contemporary divers would look like if bronze were the material of choice rather than steel.
After the trend of big-sized watches finally peaked, the market has shown a shift in interest to rather slimmed-down cases. Breitling has overtly played along, but it does so in its own uncompromising way.
“Much have I traveled in the realms of gold...” wrote John Keats in “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer,” a hymn to the joys of discovering great poetry.
Lovers of mechanical watches could experience a similar reaction upon first encountering a few exalted examples of the species: the Omega Seamaster, Rolex Daytona or the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Another watch capable of stoking the emotions, Breitling’s SuperOcean, has this year undergone a transformation without diluting its ability to lift the spirit.