The independent brand Breitling, just to preview of Basel 2014, its model Breitling Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon. A very imposing chrono/big date 49 mm equipped with a black steel box with a mechanical calibre automatic COSC. This new model is announced as a tribute to the bigger engine Bentley, the famous 6.75 litre propelling the luxurious limousines Mulsanne. Limited series of thousand picees.
This black dress is obtained through a heavy-duty treatment of carbon. It reinforces the sporty style of the housing in satin Steel (49 mm / waterproof 100 meters) and its bezel to knurled terrain, inspired the famous Bentley Calenders. The dial also plays the dark note, enhanced by a vertical decor lace suggesting the movement (and which is not reminiscent of the grilles of cars…).
On the back of the housing appears it five pointed star the design rims of the Bentley that detaches, also black metal background. The movement of chronograph automatic, certified chronometer by the COSC (Switzerland official chronometer control), as always with Breitling, stands out for its ‘calendar at large counters’ system, a calendar showing the date of very legibly using two indicators, one for the tens, one for units (i.e…. great date).
Edited in 1000 copies, the Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon is worn on a rubber strap with central relief reminiscent of the bezel.
Alpina continues the development of its collection of pilot Startimer, with the landing this year of the Startimer Pilot Sunstar. A timepiece of 44 mm (waterproof 100 meters) with a mechanical automatic calibre and a Sunray anthracite grey dial. All for less than 1,200 euros. Ideal for a first luxury watch.
Everyone doesn’t have the means to afford the latest Rolex, Omega, Cartier, or Zenith… The ‘entry ticket’ for many budgets, totally unreachable. However, if you still want to make you happy with a sporty, chic and accessible timepieces, this new Alpina will certainly meet your needs.
This Startimer Pilot Sunstar is distinguished by a Sunray anthracite dial particularly readable and displaying all the codes of a pilot watch. In addition to the clarity of information, there are large Arabic numerals, the triangle at noon, large needles ‘Sage roadmap’ and the Crown of form “onion” for a better grip.
Like any ‘pilot’ self-respecting, this Alpina displays a beautiful and wide 44 mm case (waterproof 100 meters) satin Steel (to avoid glare once in the cockpit). Protected an anti-reflective Sapphire, the Sunray anthracite dial is not reminiscent of the metal design of the instrumentation. Offering optimal visibility, it displays a timer applied around the edge, complete with a date window at 3 o’clock. Note, the Central seconds hand finalized in the iconic red triangle Alpina counterweight.
Mounted on a white quilted croco black leather bracelet, the Startimer Pilot Sunstar is equipped with the movement mechanical self-winding AL-525 (power reserve 38), visible through a transparent case back. The oscillating weight is in black PVD.
During the first half of the 20th century, Alpina was a reputable watch brand, selected by the air forces of many European nations as a provider of aviation watches. Intransigent quality, the pioneers of Aeronautics sought instruments combining utmost precision and resistance to shocks of any first-order. In addition, most pilot Watches Alpina were equipped with an anti-magnetic case (which is not the case of this model) and a dial with a high contrast, with large luminescent numerals and luminescent for optimal readability.
This beautiful model classic design is distinguished by its mechanical caliber manual double-barrel, with a beautiful 5-day power reserve, as well as the decor exclusive Paul Picot «Sides visantes» on the bridges of the tourbillon movement.
In this connection, the tourbillon cage, generously highlighted at 9 o’clock, is surmounted by a second hand. The retrograde calendar is located between noon and 3 p.m., while the power reserve is shown on an arc ranging from 4 hours to 6 hours. Finally, the correction of the calendar via a push-button located at 2 o’clock.
This timepiece presented in a limited edition of 10 copies in white gold is equipped with a 18-karat white gold case. Note that the bezel, the middle and the bottom of box are finely grooved by the hand of the craftsman. To enable a perfect fit and the respect of the decor, the horns are welded and the Crown-is screwed (sealing 50 metres).
The areas in the retrograde calendar, power reserve, and seconds are in circular brushed appliques, then Arabic numerals appliques are rhodium-plated and needles are made of blued steel. Everything is dressed with a hand-sewn alligator strap that attaches to the wrist thanks to its folding clasp in 18 k gold.