On an impossibly sunny day in the South West of France, an intrepid group of best fake watches journalists, professional riders and guides, and other Breitling fans in helmets came together to celebrate wheels, waves and watches!
Last week, Breitling chose a French seaside resort town with a very cool annual surf and motorcycle festival to unveil its next-generation Super Ocean.
Watchonista took it all for a test drive.
Breitling’s partner, Triumph, is by your side. Its lineup of modern motorcycle wonders is well represented, from the Rocket 3 with a car-sized engine (with a 2,5000cc V6 powerplant) to the 1,2000cc Speed Twin cafe racer (inspired by the already-collaboration Triumph Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition motorcycle).
Finally, there’s the aptly named American cruiser-inspired single-seat 1,200cc Triumph Bobber, which I find my cheeks firmly on.
The goal of our crew’s “cake tour” today is actually cake: travel through the rural landscape outside Biarritz and stop in the picturesque village of Ainhoa for an authentic Basque cream cake to complement the return journey Carbs. But that only tells half the story of the Wheels & Waves incident.
The day before, our team (accompanied by French actor and surf enthusiast Guillaume Canet, Europe’s most successful surfboard rider of all time, Jeremy Flores and British big wave legend Andrew Coe) (supervised by pro surfers such as Dayton) braving the choppy Biarritz coast to get some good board time.
What many people don’t realize is that, given its location on the rugged and rocky Atlantic coast, Biarritz is a legitimate European surfing mecca. In fact, Biarritz has been around since 1957, when film crews of foreign film crews took out their surfboards on their days off (a sport famously loved by locals too) It’s a surf paradise.
Biarritz is an extraordinary meeting point of surfing and car culture, which forms the heart of the annual Wheels & Waves event, for which Breitling is the main sponsor. This intersection also proved to be the perfect venue for Breitling to launch its new Superocean collection.
Breitling was quick to point out that the new generation of Superoceans should be called “sea watches”, thus expanding the brand’s reach beyond a variety of water activities and diving (it’s still great for diving).
That said, the latest Superocean timepiece represents a major redesign and redirection of the popular collection. Taking inspiration directly from the original Breitling Superocean slow-motion watches of the 1960s and 1970s, traditional elements are gorgeously mined and refined to present a deadly authentic dial design that cannot be classified as simple retro.
In addition, a new, modern, brightly executed palette of dials once again adds some noticeable to the collection after being inspired by the traditional orange dial timepieces owned by the father of famed surfer/activist and Breitling ambassador Kelly Slater. A fashion-forward option that exceeds the expected quality of a diver’s watch.
“Most dive watches have a certain similarity in appearance,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern said at the unveiling. “But slow motion always stands out from the crowd. We’re excited to present our modern take on this classic new Superocean.”
The past defines the future
To create an apex in the world of diving watches, Breitling designers stripped the superfluous features from the original Superocean Slow Motion, focusing only on the critical needs of underwater divers. For example, a high-contrast dial ring has been added to emphasize the key minute markers, the original subtle hands and indexes have been made thicker, and the design is easier to read.
The other most prominent design change is the addition of a large square in the middle of the minute hand, providing a more permanent rotating visual cue for the minute interval. Interestingly, this hand was eliminated in the original Superocean Slow Motion (hence its model name at the time) since divers don’t usually care about seconds.
shape of water
As a modern, versatile sea watch, the current Superocean timepiece does feature a second hand, and the rest of the boldness and ingenuity is reflected directly across the range, available in 46, 44, 42 and 36mm case sizes.
The 46mm version has a stainless steel case with some knurled details at 9 o’clock to balance the crown at 3 o’clock and a protector unique to this size. It is available in a black dial and black bezel combination or in blue on a blue background. Both come with a color-matched rubber strap or a gleaming stainless steel bracelet.
The 44mm version expands on some color presentations by including black, blue, green and unexpected turquoise dial options, black bezel (green dial has its own green bezel and strap), likewise, black or blue rubber fake watches for sale Strap or stainless steel bracelet. There’s also a beautiful bronze case and bronze detailing version available in a rich brown colorway in the 44mm size.
waves of color
The 42mm collection comes in a black dial/black bezel or blue-on-blue approach, but adds a contrasting silver dial and blue bezel and detailing options. Again, it sits on a black or blue rubber or stainless steel bracelet. This size is also available in a stainless steel version with 18K red gold details, and a bronze case with green details.
Featuring a bright orange dial and green rubber strap, Kelly Slater’s new Superocean limited edition watch is inspired by his father’s traditional diver’s watch and appears in the 42mm Superocean timepiece collection.
The smaller 36mm Superoceans also feature the Kelly Slater Limited Edition’s traditional orange dial, this time with an orange rubber strap that matches the sunbeam color, and the 44mm collection’s light turquoise dial and matching turquoise rubber strap.
Finally, there’s an all-white model with an icy dial and strap. All 36mm versions are also available on stainless steel bracelets if desired.
Born to be wet
Each movement in the new Superocean watch is based on the Breitling Calibre 17 movement, each with a 38-hour power reserve.
The bezel on the 46mm version is bidirectional with a patented bezel lock; the bezel on other models is unidirectional for security. And, as a sea best replica watch site, both offer a water resistance of 30 bar (300 meters, about 900 feet).
Whether these specs come in handy while diving, surfing, swimming, sailing, or scooping ice out of a cocktail glass to munch at a beach bar…it’s up to you.