Breitling introduced its latest timepiece for pilots, the Breitling Cockpit B50, at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevo.
To mark the occasion, Breitling Vice President Jean Paul Girardin joined world famous aviators, including former astronaut Mark Kelly and Red Bull Air Race competitor Nigel Lamb, to introduce the new timepiece to crowds of pilots and aviation enthusiasts.
The Cockpit B50 is a multi-function electronic chronograph equipped with an exclusive in-house SuperQuartz movement, the B50 Caliber.
Additional functions include split-time and fly back capabilities, as well as a second time zone display, a perpetual calendar, two alarms in buzzer and/or vibrate mode, a lap timer function and a countdown complete with alarm.
Breitling has also equipped it with innovative functions such as an electronic tachometer, a countdown/count-up system serving to switch directly from a countdown to a timing operation, as well as an aviation-style “chrono-flight” device which is useful for recording flight times by memorizing departure and arrival times as well as the date.
Another special feature is its use of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, the aviation reference time) as the time base.
Breitling has developed a miniaturized rechargeable battery system; charging can be done via the electricity grid or through a USB port on a computer. The Cockpit B50 also has an ultra readable display – the two white-on-black liquid crystal (LCD) screens are equipped with a backlighting system that offers four levels of brightness and is activated by pressing in the crown or by tilting the wrist.