Swiss watchmaker Breitling has opened its first store at the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester.
The store will launch later this month and will be managed by Aurum Holdings, whose portfolio includes Watches of Switzerland, Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb. The Breitling store will be the second largest monobrand opening for Aurum to provide reliable replica watches.
The 1,000 sq ft store incorporates the Breitling’s aeronautical ties and features pop art paintings by artist Kevin Kelly. Other design features include a mosaic of aircrafts and Breitling’s pin-up in the centre.
The full range of best-quality Breitling copy watches sales will be housed at the new store, as well as the exclusive Breitling for Bentley collection.
Breitling Trafford will launch on 24 May with a celebration attended by the Breitling-Jet team, the world’s only large civil aerobatics team flying on jets. From 24 May until 28 May, visitors to Intu Trafford Centre will also have the opportunity to take flight as pilots in the Breitling Jet Simulator and to appreciate the low-price fake Breitling watches.
The hot-selling blue bezel fake Breitling Chronoliner houses a Manufacture Breitling Caliber B04 powering an ultra-convenient dual timezone system and is issued in a limited series enhanced by its all-blue livery. An exclusive new face for this aviation chronograph with a truly timeless look.
Complete with its automatic chronograph, its second timezone display in 24-hour mode and its high-tech ceramic rotating bezel serving to read off a third time zone, also on a 24-hour scale – perfect for measuring flight times during long-haul travel around the world –, the Chronoliner has asserted itself as the authentic flight captain’s watch.
Breitling now introduces the Swiss copy watch with white sub-dials online in a special version with a Manufacture Breitling Caliber B04 featuring revolutionary user friendliness. Entirely developed and produced in the brand workshops, this ‘engine’ officially chronometer-certified by the COSC is distinguished by its extremely functional dual timezone system. To adjust the main hours hand to local time, all the wearer need do is pull out the crown and turn it either way in one-hour increments, without losing any precision in terms of minutes and while ensuring automatic adjustment of the date in both directions. Meanwhile, the red-tipped hand keeps track of home time in 24-hour mode, thereby making it easy to distinguish between day and night.
To accentuate the exclusive nature of this original and high-performance model, Breitling has chosen to combine the steel case with a blue bezel and dial – the latter adorned with silver counters. The matching rubber Aero Classic strap is embossed with a pattern reminiscent of the steel mesh bracelets equipping the brand’s instruments during the 1950s and 60s.
Like all Breitling chronographs and watches, the blue rubber strap replica Breitling Chronoliner B04 was designed to withstand intensive usage in even the toughest conditions, notably thanks to a rugged case water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft), a sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides, and an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant ceramic bezel featuring a star-shaped cut- out that facilitates handling even with gloves.
Equipped with a special engraved caseback – sporting a vintage-look pin-up and “Special delivery” inscription –, the popular fake Breitling Chronoliner B04 issued in a 100-piece limited edition, is available exclusively from one of the 50 or so Breitling boutiques around the world.
The entire spirit of aviation in an original and timeless style.
When thinking about Breitling, aviation immediately comes to mind – and not only because of the wings in its logo. Even before releasing the Navitimer in the early 1950s, the company had offered essential navigation tools to pilots, and was used in places such as the cockpits of the British RAF. On another hand though, Breitling’s contribution to diving watches is often forgotten, and unfairly so. But by looking deeply at the detailed history of the reliable fake Breitling SuperOcean, a pioneering line of watches which introduced no less than the first known reverse panda dial chronograph and a fascinating “slow counter” mechanism, someone is looking to right this wrong.
The original duo of SuperOcean watches with their inimitable indexes.
The two first references of the SuperOcean are now auction highlights, with one reference 807 fetching 65,000 CHF at the thematic auction Start-Stop-Reset from Phillips (more than twice its high estimate). Launched in 1957, the SuperOcean extended Breitling’s reach beyond the skies, matching the blossoming demand for diving watches that had led Blancpain and Rolex to create the Fifty Fathoms and the Submariner just a few years before. Their current success can also be explained by their unique look that neither my friend Phil nor I can resist. After all, try to find the same long and pointy indexes on any accurate replica watch other than the SuperOcean, which was incidentally the first chronograph to ever offer a reverse panda dial.
As a Frenchman, there is another thing I truly love about vintage popular Breitling copy watches sales: they sometimes come with a second signature from one of their French retailers from the time, either Uti or Lip. This is the case for the SuperOcean presented in detail in the article found here; to be fair, even with a basic dial, the reference 2005 is a pretty amazing watch. Launched in the 1960s, the ref. 2005 went for a less extreme look than its predecessors, and offered a degree of legibility than many other chronographs would envy. Yes, despite appearances, it is actually a chronograph, with a single minute hand to measure the duration of a dive – since seconds are not crucial to figure out your air reserve underwater, there is no seconds counter.
The Breitling SuperOcean reference 2005 with its characteristic “slow counter” chronograph.
The genius of this watch boils down to its indicator at six o’clock, which shows whether the chronograph is engaged or not. You get a yellow dot when the chronograph is on, and a black one when it is inactive. High-end replica Breitling heavily modified the Venus 188 movement so that it would offer this “slow counter” and only measure the elapsed minutes in the clearest way possible for its users, for which it was a matter of life and death.
The biggest European private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners, has acquired a controlling stake in famous fake Breitling. The Schneider family, owner of the brand since 1979, retains a 20% share. The transaction, valued at €800 million, will close in June subject to approval by competition authorities.
Recent years have seen any number of family-owned watch firms lose their hard-fought battle of independence, as a quick look at the list of mergers and acquisitions shows. Even the most determined ultimately surrender their arms, generally because they are unable to find a successor. For example? Following the death of Luigi Macaluso, the man who put Girard-Perregaux back centre-stage, the company he had acquired in 1992 was subsumed by Kering in 2011. As was Ulysse Nardin three years later, when the death of Rolf Schnyder, proprietor since 1983, gave the multinational another opportunity to build up its watch division. More recently, in 2016, the absence of a successor within the family prompted Peter and Aletta Stas to sell Frédérique Constant, the company they had founded in 1988, to Citizen. All watch groups need do is lie in ambush until the moment is ripe to well develop their excellent copy watches.
A brand in good health
Breitling’s new owner isn’t a watch group but a private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners, the largest in Europe with more than US$71 billion in funds invested in some fifty countries across the globe. The firm employs 350,000 people in sectors that range from software to rail infrastructure and lottery operators. This is its first venture into the watch segment, motivated by the same reasons as with any other takeover. Breitling was pulled from the brink of bankruptcy by Ernest Schneider in 1979. An astute businessman, he succeeded in putting the brand back on track – or rather into the air, with legendary aviation-themed chronographs such as the Navitimer and the Chronomat. When Schneider passed away in May 2015, the company was passed to his three children with son Théodore taking over at the head of discount fake Breitling. They inherited a company in good health that wasn’t overexposed to Asian markets; a welcome advantage these past 20 months. Based on this, and sales in the region of CHF 400 million for annual production of 150,000 units, it can be realistically valued at between CHF 800 million to CHF 1 billion.
“The right partner”
For months, speculation had been rife that Breitling was up for sale to encourage the Swiss superior Breitling replica watches. In fact it was common knowledge that an investment bank had been commissioned to look for a buyer, with a figure of 400 million then being quoted as a fair price for the family. Bloomberg News estimates the final deal, in which CVC Capital acquires an 80% stake, in excess of €800 million. Théodore Schneider keeps the remaining 20%. “I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level,” he said in a statement. “CVC’s expertise, track record and international network will help unlock Breitling’s full potential.” The transaction should close in June, pending approval by the competition authorities. Breitling should indeed benefit from its new owner’s network while keeping the same management, but without the synergies that an acquisition would normally bring. The question remains whether Breitling will ultimately fall into the hands of one of the sector’s multinationals. Investment funds aren’t in the business of nurturing family firms but rather buying and selling for a profit. Chances are that Breitling hasn’t found its new “forever home”.
For a brand most famous for its vintage and modern aviation watches, Breitling has been no stranger over the past 60 years to branching outside its usual airborne comfort zone. It all began in 1957 with the company’s release of a dive watch constructed to compete with some of that era’s greats, the original Breitling Superocean. Upon the arrival of the Omega Seamasters, Rolex Submariners, and Blancpain Fifty Fathomses, the growing trend of hobby diving ripened the market for new players and new designs, and with this in mind Breitling sought out and succeeded to carve itself a name under the sea as well as in the sky. Today, the Superocean series (or more accurately the Superocean II series), is a collection of robust and highly visible dive watches that combines the styles of dial complexity and rugged construction the brand is best known for. Now, first in 2007 with the Superocean Heritage, and again this year with the steel replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II online, Breitling is once again returning to the roots of the series to produce a watch inspired by the utilitarian pieces that started it all.
I don’t think it would be fair to declare this durable copy watch with low price as a direct homage to Breitling’s 1957 diver, but the modern piece obviously draws many of its influences from the first few years of the series. On its dial, especially, you’ll notice the all-lower case “superocean” script, the vintage logo (although now in applied gold instead of white print), and the slightly elongated hour and minute hands. While its bezel continues to feature bolding on the quarter hour marks, its crown offers a slight roundness and Breitling has nixed the modern addition of crown guards. Also, the lugs have a length and cut to them reminiscent of the vintage piece.
The differences between the two, however, are much more stark. Besides modern manufacturing updates like the ceramic bezel and luxury finishing, the contemporary piece has forgone a few key dial elements that distinguish it from its ancestor. Most obvious is its lack of circular, luminescent quarter-hour markers, but also noticeable is its use of rectangular and trapezoidal applied hour indices as compared to the vintage model’s wedge markers, which were both printed and applied. The date window, while certainly a useful addition (and one available due to the Tudor movement), was also not present in the earliest models of the watch. Finally, while the modern case of the excellent Breitling replica watch certainly derives its influences from the mid-20th century model, its bezel is significantly more decorated through contemporary refinement, and its lugs have lost some of the thin sharpness of the past.
While vintage Breitling Superocean models are sometimes overshadowed in auction houses and private collections by its Golden Era competitors, they are still extraordinary watches to find and maintain a good name for themselves in what often seems like a mythologized period of horology. With that said, while the modern Swiss Breitling fake watch with self-winding movement is by no means a direct re-creation, or even a re-interpretation — it’s more a modern watch with an array of historical influences — this may be for the better. While plenty of vintage-watch aficionados — not excluding myself — would love to see those circular hour markers on that simple and straightforward tool watch, Breitling’s choice to pay homage but not copy may well pay off in this interesting contemporary piece. Hopefully, it will at the very least raise the mystique and rarity surrounding its vintage forefather, and then we could well see the arrival of a true vintage homage piece — perhaps for its 70th or 75th anniversary.
The fake Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military watch with Breitlight® case online by Breitling is truly super-tough in its looks, and its gigantic 50 mm case requires a bodybuilt wrist to wear it. I’m always a bit suspicious about unfit people wearing camouflage trousers, who make me think “Hey, come on, who are you kidding?” with the same sort of annoyance that I feel when my view ahead on the motorway is blocked by an enormous off-road vehicle whose spotless appearance indicates that the only off-road driving it does is riding up onto the pavement to park more easily.
But there is a lot of genuinely tough stuff in the hot-selling black dial copy Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military. First of all, the case, in Breitlight. This proprietary material is presumably some sort of carbon polymer, and its principal characteristic is its lightness, a third the weight of titanium and a sixth the weight of steel. It has a high scratch resistance and it doesn’t expand or contract much with heat or cold. Moulding and machining this stuff can’t be easy and probably contributes quite a bit to the watch’s price tag of €8,510. It has a mottled grey look that visually resembles a sort of metal but it’s strikingly light and warm when you take it in your hand. The bezel, complete with its four rider tabs, rotates unidirectionally. So you can use the zero marker on the bezel, with its dot of beige SuperLuminova, for countdowns using one of the hands. The rider tabs are slightly raised and help protect the watchglass. The case is water-resistant to 100 metres which means that it can be used in conditions of water spray and splashes, for surface swimming, snorkelling and water-skiing. Not for diving. The chronograph pushers must never be used underwater or in the presence of any water. The crown is screw-down, and the caseback is solid, no display window. The thick sapphire watchglass has an anti-reflective coating on both sides to ensure good visibility. The strap has a textile exterior with a black rubber lining and sides.
It would take me a while to get used to a 24-hour watch like this. Reading the minutes is intuitive, but I’d have to look at the hour hand more carefully. There is a complete quarter-second scale for use with the chronograph seconds hand, and a hundredths scale on the inner bezel flange. I guess that in some situations it’s easier to add two times together when the minutes are decimal, i.e. 1.6 hours instead of one hour and 36 minutes. Hour and minute hands, and the numerals and hour markers, have a coating of beige SuperLuminova. The subdials are conventional, 30 chronograph minutes and 12 chronograph hours, continuous seconds on the left. The date is positioned diagonally, jammed in between the 8 and 10 numerals, but there is a positive feature about this date display: it can be adjusted at any time of day, even at the midnight hour at which most brands say that their Swiss self-winding movements fake watches mustn’t be date-adjusted at this time. This is a Breitling patent.
Another reason for the €8,000-plus price tag is the Breitling Calibre B12 movement, a self-winding chronograph calibre with 24-hour time display. It was designed and built in-house, and it has a column wheel controlling the chronograph functions, with a vertical clutch. The movement is chronometer-certified by COSC. It runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz), and provides over 70 hours power reserve.
Price and availability
The best-quality replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, price €8,510. Further information from the Breitling website.
Pilots rely on Breitling’s chronographs, but calendars, world timers and divers’ watches also are part of the brand’s 130-plus-year history. Here are two important Breitling replica watches that helped define the brand’s identity from 1915 through the modern day.
Breitling Chronomat Fake Watches With Brown Leather Straps
Launched in 1941, the Breitling Chronomat was based on a patent document that Breitling submitted in 1940: patent number 217012 granted protection for an instrument-style wristwatch with a circular slide rule. This clever system made it quick and relatively easy to perform various measurements and mathematical operations, e.g., the conversion of speeds or distances from one unit of measurement to another, multiplication, division, and cross-multiplication.
This new timepiece attracted many aficionados in sports and industry, and technicians appreciated its special features, which made their work easier. Later versions of the Chronomat with different cases and dials were the earliest ancestors of Breitling’s legendary Navitimer. The watch shown here contains Venus Caliber 175. A special feature of this watch is a counter for 45 elapsed minutes ——- a detail welcomed by soccer fans.
2. Breitling Navitimer Copy Watches With Black Dials
Don’t be misled: this watch’s name, which was trademarked in 1955, has nothing to do with the navy. The Breitling Navitimer, which debuted in 1952, was designed to help pilots coordinate time and navigation: it was equipped with calculating functions. Advertisements described this multifunctional device, which contained the hand-wound Caliber Venus 178, as a “personal onboard instrument.”
The built-in slide rule enabled aviators to multiply and divide, convert nautical miles to land miles, and calculate averages, fuel consumption, average gain of altitude, and distances during ascent and landing. Fumbling with paper and pencil while in flight could be at least partially eliminated. Since it was introduced, the noble Breitling Navitimer replica watches have undergone various changes, mainly to their cases and the calibers they housed, i.e., hand-wound, hand-wound with date, or self-winding, but no one has ever tampered with their most distinctive feature: its circular slide rule.
Even in the exceedingly turbulent times that the watch industry has been enduring for nearly two years, it is rare news to see major brands exchange hands —— and that is why today is a notable day, as it has just been announced that the reliable Breitling replica watches have been sold to CVC Capital Partners for more than 800 million euros ——- that is about 873 million US dollars or 866 million Swiss francs.
Until this moment, Breitling fake watches with Swiss mechanical movements had been one of only a handful of properly independent major brands out there ——- Chopard and Patek Philippe remain two other family-owned big players in the industry, with every other mammoth brand either owned by one of the big four groups (Swatch Group, LVMH, Richemont, and Kering) or some other major entity, like Rolex and Tudor with the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. The last big news of this nature was when family-owned Frederique Constant, Alpina, and Atelier de Monaco were purchased by Citizen Watch Co. last year.
Nevertheless, previous majority owner Theodore Schneider will remain with Breitling because, as part of the CVC Capital Partners deal, he agreed to re-invest for a 20% stake in Breitling. Ironically, it was as recently as May last year that Breitling vice-president Jean-Paul Girardin told Reuters he was confident in Breitling retaining its independence despite speculation about its future following the 2015 passing of Ernest Schneider who bought the brand in 1979.
Still, soon after that interview, Bloomberg (the breaker of today’s news) had reported in late November last year that the solid Breitling copy watches were “on the block” for sale, after having been in the hands of the Schneider family since 1979. Breitling has very much been a family-run company in the sense that Ernest Schneider had been running it from the late ’70s until the early ’90s when his son, Théodore Schneider took over. While Théodore is the (exceedingly rarer) type of the quiet watch CEO who stays out of the limelight, he’s said to be very much taking part in running the business.
Late last year, when the speculation regarding Breitling’s sale sprung, analysts expected the manufacture that employs some 900 people and produces around 150,000 watches annually to fetch between 600 and 900 million Swiss francs (CHF). As of today, we know that Breitling has been acquired for over CHF866 million ——- with Breitling’s annual sales of about CHF420 million, this might give the company the financial stability it needed to make it through these troubling times and, hopefully, come out stronger once it’s over.
Breitling and Bentley’s partnership has been a winning combination since day one. It all started in 2002, when Breitling was on hand to design the onboard clock for Bentley’s Continental GT. The following year, the Swiss watchmaker unveiled a special edition ‘Bentley Le Mans’ watch to commemorate the car manufacture’s win at the 2003 Le Mans auto race. The two companies later teamed up to create Breitling for Bentley — Breitling-produced timepieces inspired by the famous British luxury automobiles.
Today, the noble Breitling for Bentley replica watches continue to be popular among the celebrity set—comedian Jon Lovitz, musician Usher, and soccer superstar David Beckham count themselves as fans. The Bentley influence is especially evident in the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 A44362 chronograph model. Not only is the watch named after Bentley’s famed 6.75-liter engine found in their Mulsanne limousines, but the caseback of Breitling fake watches with Swiss automatic movements is a small-scale rendition of Bentley wheel rims.
As with most of the Breitling for Bentley watch models, the 6.75 chronograph is equipped with a bezel featuring the Bentley honeycomb radiator grille motif. On the technical dial of the 6.75 A44362 are two large windows to indicate the date, in addition to the three subsidiary dials.
Sized at an impressive 49mm, Breitling for Bentley copy watches with black dials are a beast of a watch. Aside from the timepiece’s unforgettable looks, the Breitling for Bentley GMT is particularly practical too. In addition to the GMT function that keeps track of two different time zones simultaneously, the GMT A47362 also boasts a date function and a chronograph too.
In honor of the man, the brand introduced the exquisite Breitling for Bentley fake watches. The dynamic dial with the three dashboard-inspired registers of the Barnato A25368 is housed within a 49mm case. On the flipside, the caseback allows a view of the COSC-certified automatic movement through a seven-spoke wheel design.