Have you ever been greeted with a sincere smile, been looked square in the eyes as a specialist sat you down in a comfortable fine leather chair, had coffee brought to you on a platter with various sugars packets and cream (I had my pinky out for this cup), and had almost $100,000.00 in watches laid out in front of you on a cushion tray stamped with little airplanes all over it? Yeah I was highly impressed with the white glove treatment I received from the Breitling store in Aventura Mall, FL. I was particularly happy when my coffee trickled off the side of my mouth, because the store manager, appropriately named Monalisa, showed me the $32,000.00 limited edition Breitling Bentley SuperSports Light Body QP, and I dabbed the coffee up with a Breitling napkin. Seriously, they have their own napkins at Breitling.
The store is immaculate, and accentuates the Breitling timepieces to the T. The Super Avenger and the Avenger looked like a big brother – little brother family portrait in one of the show cases. The organization of the various models made the viewing easy on the eyes and mind. All of the Breitling Emergency watches are together, all of the Navitimers are together, as are all of the Transoceans etc.
Monalisa Depina is everything a manager should embody representing a company like Breitling. She exudes class, sophistication, honesty, knowledge, attention to details, and constant control of the store. I could tell that although she spent much time with us, she was cognizant of who was walking into her domain, and that her representatives were providing the high level of customer service expected from Breitling. They were impressive as well.
The timepieces we viewed were the Superocean Héritage Chronographe, the Superocean chronograph M2000, the Chronomat GMT, the Transocean Chrono 1461, and the newly unveiled at Basel World 2012 Breitling Transocean Unitime.
The Breitling Superocean Héritage Chronographe was the first luxury timepiece I ever owned, so I have a particular appreciation for this model. What I like about the Superocean Héritage Chronographe is the 44mm stainless steel case, the viking sword-like minute hand, and the date aperture at the 6 position. The timepiece can withstand a depth of 200 meters and the dial is easy to read. I prefer the rubber band to the metal bracelet. To me, the newer bezel is the least attractive aesthetic, because it resembles a Rolex Submariner bezel. I prefer the 2007 and older bezel because it has a unique and rugged appeal, in my opinion. One clear distinction separating the Breitling Superocean Héritage Chronographe from the Submariner are the subdials at the 3 and 9 positions. The Superocean Héritage Chronographe is C.O.S.C. certified as all Breitling watches are.
Next I examined the Superocean Chronograph M2000. Why is this watch awesome you ask, because it is the first chronograph water-resistant and operational at a depth of 2,000 meters. The smart folks at Breitling devised a magnetic pushpiece system to keep the water out, and the chronograph functionality operational. The strap was the smooth Barenia leather, but you can fit it with a rubber, professional III, or Superocean strap. The sapphire crystal is anti-reflective on both sides and 4mm thick to withstand the depths of the ocean. Since it helps to be able to see your timepiece deep in the ocean, the case is 46mm in diameter. The case houses the Breitling 73 caliber. The bezel is unidirectional. This was my second favorite Breitling of the day.
Breitling understands the importance of dual timezones for frequent travelers, so the Chronomat GMT is runway material for such a person. What’s cool about the Breitling Chronomat GMT is the ease to set the second timezone. You simply pull the crown out and turn in either direction to set it. The timepiece does not miss a second while you set the second timezone. It’s so simple even Ty can do it. Ha. The Breitling 04 is calibre of choice. The bezel is unidirectional and sporty while classy. The sapphire crystal is anti-reflective on both sides. What I like about the dial is the placement of the three subdials with the date aperture between the 4 and 5 positions on a slant. Good call.
I’m a sucker for complications, especially when a brand not normally known for complications steps out with their already established reputation and makes one. The Breitling Transocean Chorno 1461 is a chronograph that gives you day, date, month, and moonphase which only has to be adjusted every leap year. Leap year is every 1461 days, hence the extension on the name. I like the baton markers for the elegant aesthetic on the dial. It is 43mm in diameter so very noticeable on the wrist, but not over the top. Breitling used the Breitling caliber 19 for this sexy timepiece.
I saved the best for last. The unveiling of the Breitling Transocean Unitime was hit at Baselworld 2012. Why you ask? The dual disk used to seamlessly change to any of the 24 timezones by simply adjusting the crown in either direction. It is date automatically adjusting when you change timezones. It is the cities located around the bezel which come in multiple languages. It’s the 46mm 18k red gold case. The Breitling 05 caliber in-house movement. It’s a chronograph. It looks like you’re the man with a picture of the globe on your dial! Yeah I’m bias with the whole GlobalWatchBrokers.com feel.
In all, I would like to thank Monalisa Depina for her generous hospitality and knowledge of timepieces. This woman knows watches! I would also like to thank Breitling for daring to push the envelope and making awesome timepieces.
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