Monday, March 19, 2012
Breitling has just launched the Transocean Chronograph Unitime at Baselworld; it's a new 50's inspired worldtimer that simultaneously and constantly indicates the time in all 24 time zones. The watch also has a new in-house “universal time” chronograph movement, the B-05.
To change time zone, simply pulling out the crown and turning it in one-hour increments is enough to adjust in one smooth move the hour hand, city disc and the 24-hour disc, including the calendar — and none of these operations disturbs either the time or any timekeeping operations in progress.
With this system it's possible to see at a glance what time it is in any other time zone in the world, including the chosen home zone.
The central minutes hand and seconds hand will continue to run during this operation without interruption; if the chronograph is switched on, it, too, continues running undisturbed. The watch also has a 1/4 second central chronograph.
The watch is powered by the Calibre B05, based on Breitling’s first in-house movement, the automatic chronograph Calibre B01, introduced in 2009. In addition to its chronograph functions, this new movement is outfitted with a patented mechanism that allows the wearer, when changing time zones, to adjust all the indications simply by turning the crown.
The Transocean Chronograph Unitime is offered in both a rose-gold and stainless-steel case, on either a leather strap or a steel Milanese bracelet. The dial options are black or “polar” white, each with an elegantly rendered globe design in the centre, surrounded by sundials for the chronograph counters (at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock) and small seconds (at 9 o’clock).
As with other Breitling chronographs, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime is officially certified as a chronometer by the Swiss testing agency COSC. The retail price is $11,200.