Time turns flexible with Breitling’s mesh bracelet2:23 pm
Haven’t we all wanted to own a watch with a comfortable strap that we can wear round the clock? Even though steel bracelet watches look great, the steel makes them heavy to wear around your wrist all day, leaving leather or rubber as your next best options (or so you would presume), which look great but aren’t as airy. Well, there is another alternative that you may have overlooked, one that’s both good looking and gives a comfortable fit – the Mesh bracelet. While the mesh style might take a while to really appreciate, the comfort is noticeable immediately. A milanese strap not only adds a laid back element to the watch but it also doubles as an eye catching feature.
Mesh straps or Milanese straps are named after the Italian city of Milan, where they were first created and handcrafted by a number of specialist makers. It is an intricate pattern of spiral, stainless steel wires that offer a smooth and a particularly well-made feel. This mesh work is then used to make high quality watch straps that offer flexibility and maximum breathability on the wrist.
A wide selection of watch brands have started incorporating Milanese straps into their collections, Breitling being the pioneer in adopting this style. The mesh strap certainly adds a more vintage and gentlemanly look to the watch, instantly upgrading it to a retro form.
Breitling as a brand has distinctly and beautifully integrated the brilliance of the mesh bracelet with their designs to create watches that have defined and redefined the benchmarks of watchmaking. Let’s take a look at some of the iconic Breitling watches that have perfectly interpreted this flexible trend to come across as contemporary yet retro-inspired at the same time.
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46
The Breiting Superocean is a good mix of traditional looks with contemporary functionalities. Breitling watches are known for their sophisticated build and exceptional mechanisms that are ideal for deep sea diving. The concept of ‘less is more’ is amply glorified by the minimalistic design of the Heritage collection which has many common features. The smooth 46 mm dial has been crafted with a versatile blue metallic hue in sapphire glass, which gives it a bold, masculine edge. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel has the same hue as the dial. The watch features a well made mesh bracelet. There’s a slick “B” in polished gold on the face of the watch, and most notably, its hands are oversized and bold, with luminescent filling to ensure visibility in the depths of the ocean.
The self-winding manual movement for accurate timekeeping is COSC chronometer certified, like all Breitling movements. It is water resistant up to a depth of 200 meters and has a screwed-in case back with screw down crowns that ensure smooth functioning even when submerged under water. The date window is at the 6 o’clock position. From an attire perspective, it’s a great watch to pair with any look, whether it’s a casual one involving a t-shirt and jeans, a formal suit or even so your bathing trunks.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 in Black
Breitling also offers the SuperOcean Heritage 46 in an all-black version, which also happens to be a very popular watch. The sturdy make and absence of numerals on the dial shows the simplistic design and appeal of this collection. Like the option in blue, this one too has a mesh bracelet that fits snugly on the wrist; ideal for an individual looking for a powerful performance under water.
Breitling Superocean Heritage 42
A very cool dive watch, also inspired by the vintage theme. The 42 mm, somewhat conservatively styled dial, comes in a polished stainless steel case. Inspired by the design of a 1950s model, the Superocean Heritage is a throwback dive watch which seamlessly becomes a fit addition for collectors.
The dial is black with applied matte silver markers and one of the striking details is the arrow tip of the hour hand, an element that’s borrowed from its inspiration from the ’50s. The watch features a unidirectional rotating ratcheted steel bezel in green and both the hour and minute hands are luminous for improved legibility. Inside the watch lies the Breitling caliber 17, with a 40-hour power reserve. The Superocean Heritage 42 is water resistant to 200 meters. The highlight of the watch is definitely the Breitling’s mesh bracelet (Ocean Classic) that perfectly wraps up its overall vintage theme.
The Chronoliner was designed to be a perfect pilot’s watch with an imposing presence on the wrist.
It is undoubtedly a large watch with a self winding movement. The 46 mm stainless-steel case includes a broad scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic bezel, and super-luminescent hands and markers for perfect readability. The case design is actually rather classic with its chronograph pushers and polished surfaces. The date window at 3 o’clock is just a standard date. Also, in addition to the 24-hour scale on the rotating bezel, there is a fixed 24-hour scale on the dial, indicated by the red tipped arrow hand, thereby allowing users to track three separate time zones.
It is available in a comfortable and distinct steel mesh bracelet which happens to look really sharp with the watch. Indeed a great investment.
The Transocean Chronograph reinterprets the pure original classic design of the 1950s and 60s in a resolutely contemporary style. An excellent in-house chronograph caliber 01 lies at the heart of the Transocean. One of the most interesting features is that the chronograph can time events up to a 1/4th of a second, thanks to a frequency of 28,800 vph. It has a significant 70-hour power reserve. The 43 mm robust and modern dial allows for easy time reading. The dial, protected by a sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating, is an epitome of durability.
The large Breitling “B” is applied to the dial and inevitably commands a lot of attention. The watch comes in the Ocean Classic steel-mesh bracelet and is water resistant to 100 meters. Representing a timeless elegance that will last through the ages, the operations of the watch are exactly as you would expect – precise, reliable and beautiful.