Breitling Exospace B55: The focused connected watch
Breilting’s first connected chronograph, the Exospace B55, was first introduced last March at the international watches trade fair, Baselworld. It is now finally in production and is expected to reach the Middle East by early 2016.
The household name is known for creating “instruments for professionals” and Exospace B55 is nothing short of that, as – at the heart – it is still a pilot’s watch, only a Smarter one.
“There was no question of turning a watch into an extension dependent on a Smartphone, yet less efficient than the latter. The chronograph remains the absolute master and the connection is primarily designed to improve its functionality,” a brand statement read.
While it does not have the functionalities of a regular connected watch, the Exospace B55 possesses other functions that are especially useful to the targeted professionals, such as a tachometer, an aviation-oriented “chrono flight” device that can record flight times by memorising the time of take-off, the time of landing and the date.
The connection, however, allows data transfers between the watch and a user’s Smartphone. A user can also receive notifications on incoming emails, messages or even phone calls and reminders about calendar appointments,
The chronometer functionalities and measurements recorded through the chronograph can be transferred to the phone, so they can be better viewed on its larger screen, stored or even shared with or across other devices.
Moreover, certain adjustments can be applied to the watch using the phone. These can include setting the time, setting alarms and setting a display – as both analog and digital time displays are available, along with other operational parameters.
The B55 Connect houses a SuperQuartz movement, the manufacteur Breitling Calibre B55. In addition to the flight time chronograph, the watch features a lap time chronograph and electronic tachymeter, countdown, second zone, a perpetual calendar with a weekly display and a battery indicator, among other features.
It comes in a 46-mm black titanium case with a Volcano black dial. It is 100-metre water resistant and has a unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel covered with sapphire crystal and is glare-proof on both sides. The watch comes with a TwinPro strap in two-tone rubber.