Breitling celebrated its 130th birthday at Baselworld earlier this year. The world renowned watch and jewelry show will be returning for Baselworld 2015 (register now for your visitor pass) in March, but until then the industry is still celebrating some of the key trend takeaways from this year’s trade fair.
Here we look at some trending themes which have been taken up by big names such as Tag Heuer, Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, Maurice Lacroix, Omega, Armin Strom and Bremont. We also take a look at 2014’s Breitling releases to see how well the brand has embraced well-reported design trends.
Complete Blackout: Breitling Navitimer 46
Black has always been a classic. But the ‘Complete Blackout’ trend, as reported on Watch Time and Forbes, takes a timeless color and refashions it for the modern man. ‘Complete Blackout’ gives you fierce block color and a contemporary statement for almost any occasion. There’s certainly nothing kitsch about this trend.
The Breitling Navitimer 46 appears to takes this trend onboard but still feature some other design features that may appeal to the traditional Breitling shopper.
Nato Straps: Breitling Chronospace Military
Unlike the sheepish approach of the Navitimer 46, the Chronospace Military makes no apologies for its nature. It embraces the khaki green trend and features a stylish, stand-out-from-the-crowd nato strap. In the region of around £4,000 and upwards, it’s a high calibre salute to military style. To see the watch and all its stunning features, visit Market Cross Jewellers (UK website).
Complex Chronographs: TransOcean 38 Chronograph (Ladies)
The fashion world is fascinated by stories, trends and designs that we don’t fully understand. In the watch world, according to the latest visitor reports from Baselworld, there really is nothing more mind blowing than the intricate workings of the chronograph mechanism. It’s mesmerizing. This year, Breitling released the TransOcean 38 Chronograph which is a beautiful and elaborate design for women.
Breitling also launched its first manufacture quartz caliber at the trade show. Although the Cockpit B50 was not ready to be launched until a few months after the show, it was exhibited to give buyers and industry reporters a first look. It has tailor-made functions for both pilots and travelers and it is completely battery-free as it can be charged up by USB. To find out more, watch this interesting presentation on YouTube.