Luxury watch maker Breitling announces its first connected chronograph, the B55 Connected
Stepping away from its primary aim to design and manufacture chronometer watches, Switzerland-based Breitling is joining the world of smartwatches and introduces its own offering for the tech and connected crowds named the Breitling B55 Connected.
Breitling’s approach with the B55 Connected was to create the company’s first connected chronograph, but instead of making the watch into a device for operating or reading data from the phone, the B55 uses the phone to operate the watch. Designed and manufactured for aviator market, the idea behind Breitling smartwatch is to use a phone app as an easy way to control the watch, such as setting alarms, changing time zones, adjusting display and operating parameters, and activating the night mode. The watch can also upload chronograph records to the phone. Thus we get a smartwatch that connects to a Breitling mobile app via Bluetooth to wirelessly communicate with the phone, but it’s a Swiss luxury watch at the same time, because it features accurate timekeeping functionality and the company’s B50 caliber superquartz movement instead of just being mechanical.
The dial of Breitling B55 Connected includes two backlit LCD displays as well as tradition analogue hands and is adorned with a blue wireless symbol, a theme which is continued on the watch’s blue rubber strap. As an aviation-orientated watch it features electronic tachometer, countdown/count-up system and flight time recorder. Functions can be selected by rotating the crown and activated using two pushers. The B55 Connected features a rechargeable Li-Ion battery inside and it charges via a magnetic connector which plugs into any USB port or wall adapter.
Pricing and availability for Breitling’s B55 Connected are yet to be announced at the Baselworld 2015.
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