Our Swiss Adventure: Exploring the Origins of Breitling - Winsor Bishop
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Our Favourite Breitling Models For 2021


Breitling Endurance Pro – Orange 

Newly released in 2020, Breitling unveiled their new collection perfectly paired to those with an active lifestyle. The sports model is available in an array of rainbow colours, sure to suit every look and style. Retailing at £2,450.

The watch’s case is created from Breitling’s exclusive material Breitlight, ensuring a super lightweight finish built to maintain excellent durability. The 44mm design contains a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement built for impeccable accuracy, precision, and wearable comfort. Featuring a black dial and a black bidirectional rotating bezel with engraved cardinal compass points making it easy to track your heart rate during activity.

Built to compliment your sporty lifestyle, the easy to read dial features Super LumiNova coated hour and minute hands enabling you to tell the time even in dim lighting.


Breitling Premier B01 Chrono Blue 


Following in traditional Breitling style the Breitling Premier B01 is a truly elegant watch with a timeless design.  Fist designed in the 1940’s by Willy Breitling the Premier was Breitling’s first ever watch dedicated to style.

Paying homage to it’s ancestors, this modern dress watch is the ultimate go-to accessory for formal occasions or the perfect finishing touch to a sharp daytime look. Designed with a 42mm polished stainless steel case and complimenting link bracelet. The Premier B01 features an eye catching blue dial and contrasting black small seconds and 30-minute chronograph counters, sure to catch the eye of many admirers.

On turning the watch over, the transparent sapphire case back reveals the self-winding, high-performance chronometer certified chronograph calibre B01. Which comes with a five-year warranty.

Also available with a variety of different calf skin and alligator leather straps. The perfect pairing for a modern active gent.



Our Swiss Adventure: Exploring the Origins of Breitling


Hannah Steele – one of Winsor Bishop’s specialists –  travels through the Swiss valleys to reach Breitling’s Chronométrie facility to learn all the intricacies of building one one of their highly engineered time pieces. Her enchanting retelling is as follows…

“I arrived at Heathrow airport, Terminal 2, eager to meet my 10 co-explorers and Andre Paparella, Retail and Training Operations Manager for Breitling UK, for our trip to the Breitling Chronométrie facility in Switzerland.

After a quick and easy flight, we were greeted at Zurich Airport by our Chauffer and an impressive mini-bus complete with blacked out windows and Breitling embroidered leather seats. It was certainly going to be a comfortable journey to our first destination.

Having settled at our hotel, we enjoyed a fantastic meal in a local restaurant before an early night ready for a full day. The next morning, our stylish transport took us along to the Breitling Headquarters in Grenchen. Here we met our Breitling tour guide, Jean, who has been a horologist (watchmaker) his entire working life and with Breitling for 24 years. Jean’s knowledge was phenomenal, and his passion and enthusiasm contagious.

We then took a drive to the infamous La Chaux-de-Fonds Valley, home of Swiss watchmaking heritage, and where many watch factories were first established. I could see why this fine city was awarded UNESCO world heritage site status. A unique juxtaposition of typical Swiss architecture, aged farmhouse buildings, along with the neatly positioned, modern, expansive, glass-fronted factories.

Nestled into the rolling Swiss hills stood the impressive Breitling Chronométrie facility. The scale of the building was impressive. High ceilings with wooden cladding inside and out, room after room of watch makers; men, women, and machines. All beavering away at their specific tasks in silence, you could hear a pin drop. We learned that the was air changed seven times a day to minimise dust particles and moisture in the air, which may compromise the intricate watch parts. The whole building was meticulously maintained, just like the amazing timepieces produced there.

Donned in white lab coats with Smurf-like blue shoe protectors on our feet, we were fortunate enough to be allowed the opportunity of a watchmaking class. Seated at our own workbench, equipped with the necessary tools and eyewear, we set to work on dismantling and rebuilding a movement. It was not easy! Piecing together the intricate parts, using tweezers and minuscule screwdrivers.

It was amazing to see firsthand just how much work goes into the production of these fantastic timepieces. From the minor adjustments to ensure the accuracy of the movements, to the intense and rigorous testing of the cases, bracelets, dials and sapphire crystal.

A highlight of the trip was dinner in an Old Swiss Farmhouse built in the early 17th century, now a listed building, with the original worn flagstone floors and heavy wooden beams. We were welcomed with an open fire, a gentleman playing an Alpine Horn and a glass of the local speciality, Absinthe! Followed by a divine three course meal, of which the main course was a delicious steak, cooked on the open fire.

The whole experience was completely fascinating and I have a new found appreciation for the amazing craftsmanship that goes into producing Breitling’s extensive collection, all 100% Swiss made and meeting COSC standards.”


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