Pre-Basel 2015: Breitling Introduces New Single-Button Chrono Movement With Transocean Chronograph 1915

By Jia Xian Su

Breitling’s new in-house movement is the calibre B14, a hand-wind, mono-pusher chronograph found inside the Transocean Chronograph 1915 limited edition.

Breitling made major contributions to the development of the wrist chronograph, including inventing the modern two-button chronograph as we know it in 1934. At Baselworld 2015 Breitling will unveil the Transocean Chronograph 1915, a single-button chronograph equipped with the B14 movement.

The B14 movement is the manual wind version of Breitling’s Calibre 01, the brand’s first in-house movement. It features a column wheel and vertical clutch, but most notably a single pusher for the start, stop and reset functions of the chronograph.

The one button set up is a nod to Gaston Breitling’s (the eponymous founder’s son) invention of the single-pusher chronograph in 1915. Thus the Transocean Chronograph 1915 marks the centenary of Breitling’s invention, and naturally is limited to 1915 pieces.

The watch has a 43 mm steel case with a silvered dial, and is available on a crocodile leather strap or steel Milanese mesh bracelet. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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