Léon Breitling's focus was on chronographs, which were increasingly in demand at the time for applications in industry, the military, science and sports associations. In 1889, Léon Breitling was granted a patent for a simplified model, which stood out from the competition with its sleek design, uncomplicated manufacturing process and easy maintenance.As a specialist in chronographs, Breitling played a key role in the technical development of this complication. So the company invented the two independent pushers and launched in 1969 the first automatic chronograph. The company belongs to the exclusive circle of watch brands that own their own chronograph works. These various high-performance manufacturing calibers have useful and easy-to-use features - such as pioneering second-time and world-time systems - and an exclusive 5-year limited warranty. In order to fully meet the absolute quality standards for mechanical movements, Breitling has built the state-of-the-art Breitling Chronométrie factory at La Chaux-de-Fonds, and has equipped all electronic models with SuperQuartz ™ workpieces that are ten times more precise than standard quartz.

Breitling enclosures are designed so that professionals can count on them even in the most extreme situations. Thus, the enclosures must have the highest level of protection to withstand bumps, and every detail of the design is designed and tested for the most intensive use. They also impress with their technical complexity, their top-class aesthetics and their elaborate finishes.

Sophisticated aesthetics, ingenious depth play and reliefs, careful surface refinement. The concise dials of Breitling watches and chronographs impressively reflect world-class manufacturing practices that combine traditional skills with state-of-the-art technology. Every detail has been thought through carefully, so that all the displays can be optimally captured at the same time as on an instrument panel.

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Breitling Chronograph - 178 in red gold

The Breitling reference 178 is a 1940s ratchet chronograph.
£3,373.10 incl tax