Have you seen me?

Hello watch world!  This is my first foray into watch blogging, and I hope you enjoy.  I have been an avid fan of the Breitling Report for a while now, so I was very excited when George approached me to be the first guest blogger.  I had been mulling over topics and just as I had given up hope, a great story came across my desk. What does it involve you ask?  Grand Larceny, Brazilian models, a Rolls Royce, and of course, a Patek Philippe.

Paolo Zampolli took it to another level when 3 watches – a Patek Philippe 5980R, a Bamford Rolex Daytona, and a Yacht Master II Rolex – totaling $140,000 were stolen from his Gramercy Park residence. The crown jewel, a 5980R, was a gift given to his son for his first Christmas. Although one watch was recovered, Zampolli took the retrieval of the Patek into his own hands, plastering ads for a $50,000 reward on his Rolls Royce Phantom.  New Yorkers were delighted to see the car driving around town.  The link below has the full story.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/02/man_plasters_rolls_royce_phant.html

After reading the article, I asked myself what someone else would do if they had their watch stolen.  I decided to set up a small experiment.  After delicately removing George’s SuperOcean II that was sitting on his desk, I played dumb when he asked if I had seen it.  George proceeded to tape the flyer, found above, around the building.

How far would you go to get your watch back if it was stolen?

– Brian

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Zenith is Back.

I know many Breitling enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the company’s first in-house movement to be put in an exhibition caseback, and I can tell you that it’s coming and it won’t be long…  A brand that already has their extremely reputable in-house chronograph movement visible through an exhibition caseback is Zenith, a brand that has really reemerged onto the scene in the watch industry.

Zenith is one of the few true manufacturers in the Swiss-watch world today, meaning they make all of their movements themselves.  A couple other true manufacturers are Rolex, Patek Philippe, Glashutte, Girard-Perregaux and Jaeger-LeCoultre.  Zenith’s famous El Primero movement is arguably the best chronograph movement in the world; in fact, Rolex used it in the Daytona until they went completely in-house in 2002.

The El Primero movement beats 36,000 times an hour, while the average chronograph watch operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour.  Frequency is what creates accuracy, so the El Primero movement is therefore supposed to hold time better.

Zenith’s legendary El Primero calibre was the world’s first automatic chronograph to beat at a rate of 10 vibrations per second.

Anyway, for a couple of years, Zenith was coming out with watches in their Defy series that were outrageously overpriced.  I mean we are talking $27,000 titanium chronograph watches on rubber straps…  You should only make your price tag that high if you want to end up like Wyler

Understanding that those watches are not what people are looking for in today’s market, they decided to change it up and get back to their roots.  The new El Primero 36,000 stainless steel chronograph now retails for $7,900.  Not only is it an extremely sharp looking watch, it showcases the movement that defines who they are in an exhibition caseback.  Now that’s what I’m talking about….

If you have yet to see the new El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph, you absolutely have to.  This timepiece is limited to 1969 pieces worldwide and has a large red central 1/10th of a second counter hand that makes a full revolution every 10 seconds, once the chronograph is activated.  Talk about sick and innovative.  I love it.  Congratulations Zenith, you are back on the map.

What’s Mine Is Yours….

I was at the Phillies game Tuesday night, and my watch addiction was in full effect yet again. For those of you who are aware of what happened in the game, I did not stay all 16 innings…

Anyway, during one of the half innings in the middle of the game, several people were shown on the jumbotron at the stadium.  Believe it or not, one of the people I randomly saw when I looked up was a young woman sporting a two-tone, white dial Rolex Daytona!  I spotted it right away and told my friend whom I was with to check it out.  He is a pretty big watch guy himself and he confirmed the identification of her watch.

Rolex on the Jumbotron

I have always thought of the Rolex Daytona as a man’s watch; it is a 40mm chronograph, as I am sure some of you know.  Does that mean it is necessarily a man’s watch in this day and age of the watch world?  I thought it looked pretty awesome on her!

This certainly was not the first time a woman has worn what many refer to as a “man’s chronograph.” In 1967, actress Raquel Welsh wore a Breitling Co-Pilot chronograph in the film Fathom.  Apparently it was extremely well received, and she still rocks a Navitimer with a Co-Pilot module today.  I really dig it when I see women transition a “man’s watch” to a unisex one, and I think it is starting to happen more and more.

Raquel Welsh wore a Breitling Co-Pilot Chronograph in the 1967 film Fathom.

I do not think that women should necessarily limit their selection of Breitling timepieces to the Colt Oceane, the Starliner or the smaller Galactic models.  Why not sport a Navitimer, a Chrono Galactic or even a time-only Flying B if your wrist size allows it?  It could be a nice form of peacocking!

What do you guys think?  What direction are ladies’ case sizes heading in?  Are they following suit with the larger contemporary case sizes that men are now wearing?

A watch can say a lot about a guy.  It, without a doubt, can say a lot about a woman too.