The traditionally men’s luxury watch brand Breitling has recently come out with a new model specifically for women, the Transocean Chronograph 38.
With a more petite wrist in mind, the Transocean Chronograph is 38mm in diameter. In promotion of Breitling’s individuality, there are many color and style choices for this piece:
It is available in steel or 18K red gold for the case which may be set in diamonds if desired, and the watch hands come in black, white/silver, or midnight blue.
The model that comes in steel is matched with a steel mesh bracelet. The strap option for the rose gold is Barenia crocodile leather and is also offered in a broad choice of color shades and prints.
Not to be outdone by any competitor in terms of high stock, Breitling’s Transocean Chronograph 38 contains a self-winding chronograph movement that has been certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), which tests by the highest standard of precision and dependability.
Other technical details include the chronograph’s count of 1/4th second, 30 minutes and a vibration of 28,800vph. The caliber of the Transocean Chronograph 38 is a Breitling 41, and it is water resistant up to 100 meters (330ft/10bars). Thirty-eight jewels in all complete the look of this Transocean Chronograph, with the convex sapphire crystal offering proof against glare on both sides.
As is traditional, the dials of the Transocean Chronograph 38 are marked with a B for Breitling in 18K gold, which is also applied to the hour markers. The back of the case is engraved with Breitling’s iconic duo planes, the classic adventure symbol. The piece is further enhanced by a beveled bezel and slim lugs.
Many watch enthusiasts have already noted the aesthetic choices of this new model; the styling of the Transocean Chronograph 38 is quite similar to that of Breitling’s 43mm Transocean. The key difference is that the new 38 model is a two-register chronograph, meaning there are running seconds at the 3 o’clock mark, and a half-hour counter at 9 o’clock mark. The 43mm is three-register chronograph, which means it contains an additional hours counter at the 6 o’clock mark. To replace the space left by removing this extra hours register that the 43mm had, the 38mm face now has the date moved to the six o’clock spot. Like its predecessors, the Transocean Chronograph 38 retains the traditional tachymeter scale around the dial’s edge and longer hash marks to accentuate the three, six, and nine markers.
With so many of the traditional hallmarks of a Breitling Transocean, many are noting that the tagline of “first-class femininity” seems a bit off. The Transocean Chronograph 38 is meant to be reminiscent of the spirit of travel with a stylistic interpretation of transoceanic airliners of the 1950’s and 60’s, which is a concept that is understandably hard to pin on one gender. Thus, many watch blogs are arguing that the Transocean Chronograph 38 should have been marketed as a unisex piece. As the majority of the aviation/nautical themed chronographs from Brietling have distinctive bulky cases, the 38mm is a great choice for male or female who simply desire a lighter weight, less hefty Breitling.