As mainstream Swiss companies vie to find their digital footing in the smartwatch era, Breitling has just announced the launch of its new Exospace B55 model.
The watch is the brand’s first connected chronograph and the idea is to place the user’s smartphone in the service of the watch in order to enhance its functionality.
The in-house Caliber B55 is one of Breitling’s hyper-accurate SuperQuartz movements. These are electronic movements fine-tuned to compensate for such things as temperature and pressure to keep them accurate. The watch has analog and digital display and is equipped with a range of original functions tailor-made for pilots. Among these are an electronic tachymeter, a chronograph recording up to 50 split times and a countdown/count-up system that enables a sequence of countdown and timing operations.
In keeping with the brand’s powerful aviation DNA, the Exospace B55 is fitted with a device that serves to record ‘block times’ (times elapsed from the moment the plane begins to taxi towards take-off through to when it comes to a halt at the end of a mission) and flight times, while memorizing departure dates and times, arrival times, as well as takeoff and landing times.
The watch automatically saves all the data and pushes them to the app the next time you connect the two, so there is no need to make sure you’re using them in tandem at all times. The watch is perfectly functional all on its own; the app just makes using it easier.
The new model will be available from late February 2016 with an RRP of $8,900.