Restraint and elegance from Breitling

Breitling Transocean 38 copy

The brand’s most recent heroes have been the beefy Cockpit B50 and a beefier Navitimer 46mm. Now comes something completely different.

Breitling are hardly known for recessive timepieces, witness the beefy models for Bentley and not to mention the Cockpit B50 and 46mm Navitimer additions this year. Now comes a surprising – and surprisingly attractive – new 38mm Transocean. Let’s be clear about this: it’s unusually gorgeous, crisp and potentially a classic thanks to clean lines and a huge twin-aperture date, all in a size we rarely see in a contemporary man’s watch.

The antishock anti-magnetic and water-resistant Transocean launched in 1958 as air travel took off, and this latest version is water resistant to 100 meters and driven by a chronometer rated automatic caliber with a power reserve of 42 hours. The dial choice is black, silver, or in mother-of-pearl with or without diamond markers. Note the gold ‘B’ initial that once served as the Breitling logo – nice to see it back.

Would you like mesh with that?

The Transocean is available with on classic leather or perforated strap, or a steel mesh bracelet. We’d go for the strap!

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