One of the most interesting Breitling collections of recent years is the Transocean. It’s a family that consistently references Breitlings rich aviation legacy, but unlike most Breitlings, the Transocean celebrates civilian flight, rather than military. The result is a watch that is still masculine, but less Arnie and more Bogart.
The Transocean Chronograph Edition (we’re calling it the TOC for short) continues this inspiration from the past. The TOC is inspired by a 1958 chronograph – we suspect either a Top Time or a Premier model. Whatever the source inspiration the result is a very fine looking timepiece. The TOC is a two-register chronograph with a sweet two tone cream dial, with applied gold indices and a date at 6. This dial is well complemented by the steel case with pump style chronograph pushers, and we think it looks great on a Milanese bracelet, though it’s also offered on leather. The subtle vintage touches continue the more subdued direction of their Basel collection.
Breitling have added a nice touch on the rear of the watch – Breitlings manufacture Caliber 01 movement is hidden behind an officer style caseback, the sapphire display caseback has a protective steel cover. It’s a nice touch, especially if you’re the sort of person to engrave a personal message on the inside of the caseback.
The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition is a limited edition of 2000 pieces and will appeal to those looking for something with a little less machismo than many of Breitling’s recent pieces.
The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition has an RRP of $11830 AU