It is no clandestine that mother nature has been undergoing some serious and dramatic changes in recent times. So, it is our responsibility as human beings, which includes the watch world, to do whatever it is within our capacity to help avoid the situation from spiraling out of control. Just a few days back Oris released the Blue Whale Limited Edition watch to support the conservation of Whales and Dolphins and now Breitling has stepped in with its nature preservation effort in the form of the new Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition.
This new watch has been developed as a collaborative effort between Breitling and environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy which as the name suggests is actively working towards the conservation of our oceans. Further to that to highlight the environmental cause the watch was launched at a special event in Bali in presence of members of Breitling’s Surfer Squad that helped remove hundreds of kilograms of trash and plastic from a beach to celebrate the launch.
The face of the watch has been presented in a light shade of silver with a sunburst finish giving it some nice visual dynamism. There are 3 registers at 6,9 and 12 which can be used to record elapsed hours, running seconds and minutes. Interestingly the chronograph functions have been highlighted in a combination of white/blue to separate them from normal timekeeping. The hour markers have been applied and polished nicely which should make them highly reflective and play well with light. Behind the hour indices is a blue printed minute track which provides a great contrast against the silver background and features small circular lume plots at intervals of 5 to aid visibility in dimly lit situations. And finally, to round off the dial there is a day/date window at 3.
Made from stainless steel the case on this watch measures a large 44mm in diameter. It has thick, chunky lugs which add to the masculinity of the watch and should make the watch wear comfortably with the help of the blue nato strap that the watch comes packaged with. There is a blue unidirectional dive time bezel on top of the case and the sides feature a screw down crown along with pump style pushers that give the watch a retro vibe. Powering the watch is Breitling’s Caliber 13, which is based on the popular automatic chronograph movement the ETA7750. The movement operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 48 hours.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition is a handsome looking watch with a noble intent behind it. The watch is limited to just 1000 pieces and would come attached to a blue striped nato strap made of recycled nylon from fishing nets called ECONYL. The watch would retail at a price of $6,250 and a fixed amount from the sale of every piece would be donated by Breitling to the Ocean Conservancy.