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Twenty years on for the Breitling Orbiter 3
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Twenty years on for the Breitling Orbiter 3

Friday, 10 May 2019
By The FHH Journal editors
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In 1999, aeronauts Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first non-stop, round-the-world balloon flight in the Breitling Orbiter 3. Twenty years on, Breitling celebrates the exploit with the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, powered by a SuperQuartz™ movement.

With the release of the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, Breitling celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first non-stop balloon flight around the world. The model has been crafted from striking black carbon-coated tita¬nium and is limited to 213 pieces, a number chosen to commemorate the date the Breitling Orbiter 3 landed in Egypt – 21.3. – 20 days after it had taken off fromChâteau-d’OEx in the Swiss Alps. Presented on an orange rubber strap with a folding clasp and featuring an orange dial, the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition will stand out in any crowd. The numerals, indexes, and hands are coated with lumi¬nescent Super-LumiNova®, which makes them legible in any lighting conditions.

Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition © Breitling
Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition © Breitling

The watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B50: a thermocompensated SuperQuartz™ analog and digital display movement designed in-house that delivers ten times the accuracy of a standard quartz watch. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is a COSC-certified chronometer that includes functions that will prove particularly useful even on the most extreme missions. In addition to the chronograph with split-time and fly¬back capabilities, this model features a second time¬zone display, a perpetual calendar, two alarms with buzzer and/or vibrate mode, a lap timer function and a countdown complete with its own alarm.

Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition © Breitling
Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition Breitling

And that is only the beginning. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is equipped with an electronic tachymeter, a count¬down/count-up system, and a chrono flight device, which records flight times by memorizing departure and arrival times as well as the date. Another special feature is the Cockpit B50 Orbiter’s use of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which enables the watch to ensure the smooth juggling of timezones for frequent travelers. This function can also be used to switch between the time displayed by the hands and that of the second timezone shown on the screen simply by pressing a pusher, with the system automatical¬ly taking account of a potential date change. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter has numerous other functions and features, but it is particularly user-friendly, with an intuitive, logical, and consistent control system, featuring function selection via crown rotation and activation/deactivation with its two pushers. This impeccable user-friendliness is complemented by the interface messages appearing on the screens to guide the user through the various operations.

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