This is the first venture by Breitling in to the smartwatch market and it’s aiming for pilots. The Swiss manufacture had initially revealed this timepiece at Baselworld 2015. But, a year has gone by and now after some tweaks on the final design it’s been unveiled and dubbed: “Breitling Exospace B55 Connected”.
Aviation has always been much of the Breitling market and this watch follows that tradition. Many of the smart features included in this timepiece revolve around: flight time logs and countdowns. The B55 uses Bluetooth LE technology to connect to a smartphone and receive extra functions, such as: setting a second time-zone, alarms, lap timer and notifications. And that’s one of the main differences between this Breitling and other smartwatches. It’s the dichotomy of: connected vs smart watch.
The “smartwatch” which had its biggest introduction to the social psyche in the form of the Apple Watch, though there are others. Is a watch that tends to feature a large screen with detailed information that has to be tapped to revel more screens, instead of the traditional analog hands. While the so-called “connected watch” needs to sync up to a phone in order to receive data and be controlled via an app on a phone, but it’s still essentially a traditional watch, just enhanced. These are all new terms still mutating and finding the best way to describe this new era on the uprise of smart watches and other wearable technology.
This watch has a 46mm titanium case, with a unidirectional bezel and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both sides. The dial exhibits a pair of analogue hands and two digital backlit displays, reminiscent of the Breitling Aerospace models. The top display features smart technology notifications while syncing to your phone via Bluetooth, while the bottom display tells time. Another great feature is the display backlighting and the EOL indicator.
Besides the typical email notifications all the features on the analog display can be controlled via the app. Be it, adjusting the global time sync, recording up to 50 split time events, or functioning as a complete management system that can even export a excel file. The key thought by Breitling at the inception of this timepiece was to simplify the complicated functions of a mechanical watch, in order for everyone to be able to extract its true potential. Aviation pilots were also a major concern which lead to the “tilt function” which activates the back-light by tilting the wrist down 35 degrees.
Breitling Exospace B55
The “Breitling Exospace B55″ is powered by the thermo-compensated SuperQuartz, in-house Breitling caliber B55, which runs off a rechargeable battery that can last up to two months! The SuperQuartz movement supposedly keeps time up to ten times more accurately than standard quartz. The watch is COSC certified, comes mounted to either a black or blue TwinPro strap and will retail for approximately $8,900.00 USD.
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