For a watchmaker that promotes itself with the tagline “Instruments for Professionals,” Breitling goes against type with the new Transocean Day & Date U.S. Limited Edition-in a good way. Unlike most of the brand’s watches, which are heavy on technical details that would appeal to pilots or those who aspire to be-think aviation slide rules, 24-hour time-zone displays, and subdials-this elegant and minimal timepiece is a bonafide dress watch. No tutorial required.
How It Looks: Housed in a 43 mm red-gold case that comes on a blue leather strap, the latest version of the breitling transocean chronograph perpetual calendar replica watches recalls the classic elegance of the original model introduced in 1958. The rich blue dial is a departure for Breitling and bears applied hour markers rather than numerals, making it among the watchmaker’s least complicated designs. Note the distinctive date display at 3 o’clock and the idiosyncratic aperture shaped like the arc of a circle at 12 o’clock.
How It Works: Like all of breitling transocean chronograph men’s watches, the model is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The self-winding mechanical movement, a Breitling 45 caliber, is manufactured in-house.
How to Get It: The Transocean Day & Date U.S. Limited Edition retails for $19,865 and is limited to 50 pieces. The watch is available exclusively at Breitling boutiques and select retailers in the United States. (mintohotel.co.uk)