Breitling Launch Commemorative 'Pushpiece' Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Renowned Swiss watch brand Breitling have designed a commemorative, limited edition timepiece to mark the 100 year anniversary of the first independent chronograph pushpiece.

In 1915, Breitling was one of the very first brands to offer a wrist chronograph, and introduced an innovation to allow a clearer separation of functions by creating a pushpiece independent of the crown to control the three chronograph operations.

To ensure smooth, ergonomic handling, they positioned the pushpiece at 2 o’clock, where the thumb or forefinger naturally rests, whether the watch is on the wrist or held in the palm of the hand.

Now Breitling have honoured the anniversary by reinterpreting the famous1915 pushpiece by releasing the special edition Transocean Chronograph 1915. Boasting an exclusive new Manufacture Breitling calibre movement, the watch comes in a steel case and features the famous pushpiece placed at 2 o’clock, but expressed in a redesigned, elongated and smoothly integrated form.

To ensure that this single pushpiece can successively handle the start, stop and zero-reset functions, Breitling developed the new hand-wound Manufacture Breitling Caliber B14, equipped with a clever two-tiered double column-wheel system activated by chronograph controls also arranged on two levels.

Other notable features include a twin-zone silvered dial with small seconds and 30-minute counter adorned with large Arabic numerals and baton-type hands accentuated by a luminescent coating in a patinated shade.

The Transocean Chronograph 1915 is strictly limited to 1,915 pieces.

By Paul Joseph