Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Breitling Breitling Exospace B55 Connected

December, 2015 Breitling is pleased to announce its most innovative watch, the Breitling Exospace B55 Connected. The new connected chronograph is developed, assembled and tested in Switzerland, and exemplifies how the smartphone can work with the watch to improve functionality and user-friendliness

With two-way communication between the two, the Breitling Exospace B55 Connected multi-function electronic chronograph also receives notifications of the smartphone’s incoming emails, messages (SMS, WhatsApp) or phone calls (with caller’s name or number) as well as reminders of upcoming appointments. Exospace B55 users can utilize their smartphone to perform certain adjustments (time-setting, time zones, alarms, display and operating parameters, night mode). Conversely, the user can upload from the chronograph to the smartphone the results of various measurements (flight times, recorded times with split times, lap times, etc.) so as to be able to read them more easily, store them or share them via email.

The cutting-edge Exospace B55 was unveiled to a select group of Breitling guests, international visitors and press last night at Breitling’s flagship boutique, with Breitling Vice President Jean Paul Girardin and Breitling Brand Ambassador and astronaut Mark Kelly introducing the landmark watch.

“The latest Breitling instrument in a long line of technical innovation, the Breitling Exospace B55 watch remains the absolute master.” said Jean-Paul Girardin, Vice President, Breitling. “It was pure logic to use the technology of connectivity with a smartphone to enhance the functionality of our chronographs with truly useful and easy to use functions.”

“If we consider Breitling’s heritage, we can see that they have a long history of developing cutting edge technology,” said Mark Kelly, Breitling Brand Ambassador and former astronaut. “The Exospace B55 Connected is the latest chapter in their storied history.

The Breitling Exospace B55 is currently available at Breitling Boutiques and select retailers.

Exospace B55: Breitling Reinvents the Connected Watch

In creating its first connected chronograph, Breitling has applied a new philosophy placing the smartphone in the service of the watch so as to enhance its functionality and user-friendliness. With the Exospace B55, the brand reaffirms its position in the vanguard of electronics. The instrument of the future, designed for aviation professionals.

Performance is Breitling’s leitmotif in each of its technical advancements. It was also the core driver for the brand in developing its first connected chronograph. 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. Two-way communication enables the two instruments to form a perfectly complementary pair in which each is used for what it does best. Since the main assets of a smartphone are its screen and its ergonomic interface, owners of the Exospace B55 can use their phone to perform certain adjustments (time-setting, timezones, alarms, display and operating parameters, night mode). The result is a considerable gain in comfort and efficiency. Conversely, the user can upload from the chronograph to the smartphone the results of various measurements (flight times, recorded times with split times, lap times, etc.) so as to be able to read them more easily, store them or pass them on. The new connected watch system devised by Breitling thus facilitates the use of the chronograph functions, in keeping with the spirit of authentic instruments for professionals. An authentic life companion, the Exospace B55 multifunction electronic chronograph also receives notifications of the smartphone’s incoming emails, messages (SMS, WhatsApp) or phone calls (with caller’s name or number) as well as reminders of upcoming appointments.

The ultimate pilot’s instrument

This next-generation chronograph is distinguished by its resolutely technical design featuring a sturdy and light titanium case equipped with a rotating bezel complete with rider tabs, and an exclusive TwinPro strap in two-tone rubber. This compendium of innovations houses an exclusive Caliber B55 with analog and digital display, equipped with a range of original functions tailor-made for pilots. These include an electronic tachymeter, a chronograph recording up to 50 split times and a countdown/countup system that is useful in enabling a sequence of countdown and timing operations. An eminently aviation-oriented “chrono flight” device serves to record “block times” (times elapsed from the moment the plane begins to taxi towards takeoff through to when it comes to a halt at the end of a mission) and flight times, while memorizing departure dates and times, arrival times, as well as takeoff and landing times (Block and Flight Times functions). User-friendliness is enhanced by a particularly simple and logical control mode, involving function selection by rotating the crown, and activation/deactivation by means of two pushpieces. The two ultra-legible LCD (liquid crystal display) screens feature a backlighting system that may be activated merely by pressing the crown – or when the user tilts his wrist at a more than 35° angle (Tilt function) – that proves particularly effective when the hand is gripping aircraft controls or a steering wheel. Powered by a rechargeable battery system, the exclusive new multifunction Breitling Caliber B55, a SuperQuartzTM movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz, is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). A surefire means of charting a course towards precision, reliability and performance.

Movement: Manufacture Breitling Caliber B55, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermocompensated SuperQuartzTM, analog and digital 12/24-hour LC backlit display. 1/100th of a second chronograph, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Countdown/Countup (or MET Mission Elapsed Time), flight time chronograph, lap timer chronograph, electronic tachymeter, countdown, 2nd timezone, 7 daily alarms, perpetual calendar with week display, battery change indicator. Case: black titanium. Water-resistant to 100 m/330 ft. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 46 mm. Dial: Volcano black. Strap: TwinPro.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Iconic 20th Century Luggage Brand is Back!

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December 2015 NYC, Belber, the Philadelphia-born trunk maker and luggage specialist that became the world’s largest luggage manufacturer in the first half of the 20th century, returns as a unisex leather goods brand after being dormant for four decades. Belber will launch its first line of bags and accessories inthe21st century in December 2015, bringing the original brand and its values back to life.

From the start, almost 125 years ago, Aaron and Henry Belber created products for women and men alike. Asearlyasthe20’s, the Belber team included women in the creation of patents and innovations. Function was always at the heart of the brand and Belber wanted to offer the same functional features to both men and women. This first collection, “A New York Diary”, is a resolutely unisex line of bags and small leather goods for the professional urban traveler. Inspired by the colorful experiences of the mysterious Mr. and Ms. Belber indifferent corners of the City across the four seasons (represented by its first four color combinations),the full range will be available online from December 2015 on www.belber.com. Authorized retailers launching inSpringSummer2016 will be announced soon.

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Bringing a contemporary, qualitative, fresh take on bags and accessories for the modern professional without gender distinction, Belber is aimed at urbanites whose dynamic lifestyles call for products that perfectly combine style and function with a twist of humor and aesthetic surprise. In true Belber tradition, the first capsule is elegant and understated, impeccably crafted, rich in color contrasts and with great attention to detail in the finishing touches. Clear but subtle brand markers give each item a strong identity without altering the clean designs. The new Belber maintains the essence and inspiration of some of the original vintage iconic pieces from the 1940s and translate them into a product that fits the needs of today’s customer.
About the Brand

Belber is a love story with the best from the past, as modern as tomorrow and relevant today. Since1891, the Belber name has been synonymous with style, functionality and innovation at accessible price points with in the high-end leather goods market. Founded in1891, by Aaron and Henry Belber, the brand is a fascinating journey of creativity and business excellence across family generations of European descent and American spirit.

Currently, led by a group of entrepreneurs with decades of experience in the Luxury and Fashion industry, the new team has turned a passion for unique, timeless pieces into a vibrant first line of essentials of undeniable quality and craftsmanship. Belber’s voice is currently in New York, its heritage remains in Philadelphia and the team operates between the USA and Hong Kong.

For more information on the brand, please contact Olga Dolapsakis at press@belber.com or visit the company’s website: