Breitling has introduced the B55 Connected, which enables two-way communication between the watch and a smartphone.
Owners can use their phone to perform certain adjustments (time-setting, timezones, alarms, display and operating parameters, night mode, etc.). The user may also upload the results of various measurements (flight times, etc.) from the watch to the smartphone so as to be able to read them more easily, store them or pass them on.
The B55 Connected boasts a range of functions, including an electronic tachometer, a countdown/countup system enabling a sequence of countdown and “long duration” timing (Mission Elapsed Time) operations, along with an aviation-oriented “chrono flight” device that is useful in recording flight times while memorizing the takeoff time, landing time and date.
Function selection is by rotating the crown, and activation/deactivation by means of two push pieces.
The two LCD (liquid crystal display) screens features a backlighting system that may be activated by pressing the crown – or when the user tilts his wrist at a more than 35° angle, which proves particularly effective when the hand is gripping aircraft controls, company officials said.
Thanks to a miniaturized rechargeable battery system, the watch may be recharged via the main grid or a computer USB port.