In 2016, Breitling launched the Exospace B55, a multifunction pilot’s chronograph that can communicate over a Bluetooth connection to the wearer’s smartphone. Now, the Swiss watch maker unveils a new connected watch model especially designed for yachting professionals and discerning regatta competitors who appreciate high-performance multifunctional instruments.
The Exospace B55 watch had a range of functions that could assist any pilot in the cockpit, including an electronic tachymeter, a device for recording flight times (while memorizing departure and arrival times), and countless other features. Soon afterward, Breitling introduced a version of the Exospace ideally suited for race car drivers and other motorsports enthusiasts. Now, in 2018, Breitling is introducing the Exospace B55 Yachting connected chronograph with a strong, lightweight titanium case on a sturdy, sporty rubber strap.
The Exospace B55 Yachting boasts a Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55 that has been reimagined for yachting professionals and regatta competitors. The thermo-compensated quartz electronic movement powers a chronograph with analog as well as 12- and 24-hour digital displays, all clearly visible through a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
The chronograph has an ingenious countdown system, featuring audio, visual, and vibrating alarms and indications. If a judge stops a countdown, it is easy to resync the watch to the new countdown when it resumes. The watch stores split times, which can be read instantaneously on the watch’s digital screen or, when the Exospace is synchronized to a smartphone, on the phone’s display.
The notched bidirectional rotating bezel can be adjusted to make it easier to perform critical calculations regarding wind direction, sailing angle, and the optimal position on the starting line of a regatta.
As with all of the watches in the Exospace B55 family, the Yachting model offers an extensive number of functions. Highlights include a chronograph that calculates up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds with an outstanding degree of accuracy – to just 10 milliseconds. It can also be used to track lap and split times. This makes the regatta chronograph ideal not only for countdowns, but also for recording, replaying, deleting, and recovering all time-related information collected during a regatta.
The Exospace B55 Yachting can be paired with a smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. A dedicated app supports data transfer and allows settings to be configured remotely. This two-way communication enables device and timepiece to form a perfectly complementary pair in which each is used for what it does best. Since the main assets of a smartphone are its screen and ergonomic interface, Exospace B55 Yachting wearers can use their phones to perform a range of adjustments including time-setting, time zones, alarms, display preferences, and operating parameters.
The result is a considerable gain in comfort and efficiency. Conversely, the user can upload various measurements from the chronograph to their smartphone, allowing them to be read more easily, stored, or forwarded. The Exospace B55 Yachting also receives notifications from the smartphone regarding incoming e-mails, messages, phone calls, and reminders of upcoming appointments.
Powered by a rechargeable battery system, the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55, a SuperQuartz™ movement, is ten times more accurate than standard quartz and, like all Breitling wristwatches, is a COSC-certified chronometer.
EXOSPACE B55 YACHTING
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B55
Diameter: 33 millimeters
Depth: 9 millimeters
SuperQuartz™, thermocompensated quartz electronic, analog as well as 12- and 24-hour LCD displays, backlight (white light) battery state-of-charge indicator
Battery life: 10 years
Chronograph: accurate to 10 milliseconds, maximum of 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds, flyback function, electronic tachymeter, lap timer, regatta chronograph with independent alarm
Other functions: countdown timer, 7 daily alarms, UTC, smartphone pairing functionality (Bluetooth Low Energy) with a dedicated app allowing data transfer and remote setting configuration
Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy
Display: digital, perpetual, with weeks indication
Diameter: 46 millimeters
Height: 15.25 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Caseback: solid, with screws
Bezel: bidirectional, ratcheted
Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour and minute hands
Blue TwinPro rubber strap with folding clasp