Fueling our fire for summer jetsetting, Breitling recently launched the latest in their Unitime series: the Transocean Unitime Pilot. Incorporating the company’s Caliber B05 movement, the watch prominently features a worldtime complication in addition to the chronograph. Simply turning the crown snaps the date and time to your chosen city, and you’ve got 24 total zones to choose from, meaning you’re covered from Noumea to the Azores.
While the Unitime has been in Breitling stable of offerings since the 1950s, the B05 movement gives travelers unprecedented ease when it comes to shifting time zones. The caliber is based on the in-house B01, but has been outfitted with two rotating discs that are controlled by the crown. The first controls your city—flipping back and forth between zones automatically adjusts the hands and other indicators, including the calendar. The second is a 24-hour disc that allows one to see the time anywhere in the world at a glance – it’s this ring that separates a true worldtimer from a GMT with a cities ring.
The high-frequency B05 movement is self-winding and features a beefy 70-hour power reserve. At 46mm in diameter, the Unitime Pilot clearly feel bound too closely to the vintage jet set inspiration. The large size aside, this is an incredibly practical complication for frequent fliers and Breitling has reinvigorated it paring down the visuals and making operation more straightforward.
The announcement of the Unitime Pilot included a limited 1,000-piece release of an all-black steel model, a serious aesthetic improvement over the world map illustration that graced the dial of the previous Transocean Chronograph Unitime. The Transocean Unitime Pilot is also available in steel or rose gold cases with blue or black dials. As you might expect, all versions feature the usual three-register Breitling chronograph layout.
On the steel mesh strap, the steel Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot retails for $11,200, though it is also available on a leather strap ($10,715) and a croc strap ($11,090). For more details, visit Breitling online.