About three months ago I bought a new Chrono Superocean from my local AD. Initially, I selected it from the Breitling catalog because it had a day/date feature and it is a chronograph. The fact that it is a helluva dive watch rated to 1650 feet was not a purchase factor for me because I’m not a diver. Day/date is rather uncommon in the Breitling lineup. That was the major point for me. Of course, I would not buy any watch without a chrono complication. So, this watch had all the technical abilities I was seeking plus the security of knowing I won’t ruin it by wearing it accidently in the shower (my only “dive” activity).
My new CSO fought for wrist time with my other good watches all of which have their own personality. I like them all. Oh sure, at first, the CSO was worn a lot because it was new. But, as time passed, it fell in to the rotation with my other watches. It lost some of its luster because of familiarity and a busy lifestyle, I suppose, which is a shame.
This morning it was the CSO’s turn for wrist time. As I came into my computer room to make my normal check of the forums, early morning sun light was streaming in through the window right to my seating position. It caught my CSO perfectly. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this watch. I wanted to share my joy with you. This is truly a beautiful watch.
Breitling’s concept of playing with light is in full bloom with this watch. Everything from the polished case and bracelet contrasting with the brushed bezel with its polished rider tabs, to the domed AR crystal, set the stage for the spectacular dial elements. The bezel is a work of art with its polished accent ring around the crystal. The hour markers are applied, facet shaped and shiny surrounding the lume. This watch has no hour numbers. The dial has a kind of simplicity which focuses your attention on the other elements. Yet, there is a lot going on but it does not seem overly busy. The day/date window is in the 3 o-clock position. An applied gold winged Breitling logo over the day/date window adds a final touch of class to the dial. Detail and finish are first rate.
The chrono registers are ivory with narrow surrounding polished rings with black hands contrasting against the dark grey of the ring embossed dial surface. The main hands use a shiny finish which frames the lume. The chrono second hand is polished with a red tip and the Breitling anchor at the other end.
Light is the theme of this watch. As you change your wrist angle, different elements come into play while others fall into the background. This effect is happening constantly as the light angle changes. Breitling perfectly judged the relationship between the background against the highlighted features. The watch appears to have life as the highlighted elements change from moment to moment. Then, when the light angle is just right, all of the polished features light up at the same time; bezel, register rings, markers, hands and logo. It’s like it is internally illuminated but better. Spectacular!!
I urge you to take a look at this watch. You may fall in love as I did.