Breitling takes off with B55 Connected smartwatch

Breitling has entered the smartwatch fold with a strong contender for the most desirable connected watch on the market, the B55 Connected.

The independently owned Swiss watch brand posted details on the watch online this morning but the company’s most senior spokesperson, vice president Jean-Paul Girardin, all but confirmed the existence of a Breitling smartwatch during an interview with WatchPro earlier this week.

The connected chronograph manages to implement data connection, presumably via Bluetooth technology, USB recharging and smartphone app integration by building on the B50 calibre it released last year.

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Breitling has always been one of the most likely luxury Swiss watch makers to enter smartwatch sector given the wide breadth of technology it already employs whether that is mechanical or electronic calibres, analogue hands or digital displays.

While only general details of the watch have so far been announced it is known that the B55 Connected’s time, time-zones, alarms, display and operating parameters can be adjusted using the wearer’s smartphone and the watch uses a B55 SuperQuartz movement.

Measurements taken using the titanium-cased, black carbon coated watch can also be uploaded to the user’s phone and presumably recorded on a cloud-based system for sharing.

The dial, which includes two backlit LCD displays as well as tradition analogue hands, is adorned with a blue wireless symbol, a theme which is continued on the watch’s blue rubber strap.

Aviation-orientated watch functions include electronic tachometer, countdown/count-up system and flight time recorder. Functions can be selected by rotating the crown and activated using two pushers.

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