What makes a classic a classic? Classic cars, handbags, jewelry, and watches all share an ineffable, enduring quality that allow them to stand the test of time. But it all has to start somewhere. When an innovation launches, it’s either heralded by aficionados, collectors, and experts alike, or it’s snubbed and forgotten. When Breitling, who had conquered the skies with its aviation-focused pilot’s watches, turned its attention to diving watches in 1957, the horological community was shocked. At the time, the sea was the new frontier. Diving for scientific and military purposes spurned a real need for accurate, high-quality diving watches, and Breitling answered the call. From the highest stratospheres to the ocean depths, the debut of Breitling ‘SuperOcean’ proved the house’s versatility, and its responsiveness to social change.
Since its introduction in 1957, the ‘SuperOcean’ has seen many incarnations, each more extraordinary than the last. In 2021, a fetching new palette of sun-drenched pastels is lighting up the luxury watch market with the introduction of the Breitling ‘SuperOcean Heritage ‘57 – Pastel Paradise’ capsule collection. Featuring eye-catching colorways such as aquamarine, summer white, iced latte, mint green, and a special rainbow tangerine style, this capsule collection is the frontrunner for the most fetching watch of the season for more reasons than one.
Similarly, this colorful line-up reminds watch collector’s of Breitling’s ‘Premier Heritage Collection’, which featured handsome designs and pastel watch faces in a clever contrast between the serious and playful. And if you know anything about Breitling, you know that this is the intersection that the house resides most comfortably at.
Tantalizing shades – replete with tone-on-tone straps, bezels, and dials – are an obvious selling point, but the more discreet side to the watch’s appeal lies in a retro renaissance that is reviving worldwide interest in heritage watch styles. Where trends prevail, the watch universe benefits, as classic styles are some of the most collectable and desirable versions from any house. Retro revivals have included a renewed interest in mechanical watches, round-faced watches, large Arabic numerals and vintage fonts, oversized crowns, and other details that translate the language of the past.
Breitling in particular has incredible archives to refer to, which is why it’s thrilling to see the nostalgic cues of the ‘SuperOcean’ see new life in 2021. The modern ‘Pastel Paradise’ version bears a retro protruding, rotating bezel and a classic stainless steel case – which the original design also has – with a modern twist: hour markers and hands are coated in Super-LumiNova® which make them glow in hues of yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, red, and orange. A robust 38mm size means this watch is sure to snag attention.
“This modern-retro tribute to the original ‘SuperOcean’ is an exciting addition to the Breitling family of ladies’ watches. Of course it’ll look great at work, but its fun-in-the-sun vibe might make you want to spend a weekend at the beach,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern comments. For all of its fun-in-the-sun appeal, the Breitling ‘SuperOcean’ in ‘Paradise Pastels’ offers power in the form of its COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 10 with a reserve of around 42 hours, and functionality with its water resistant nature (up to 100 meters). If you fell in love with this watch instantly, like we did, it’s being produced for a limited time only at Breitling stores and www.Breitling.com.