Swiss watchmaker Breitling added a new entry-level addition to its Colt collection during Basel 2017. Inspired by the dauntless “Skyracer” plane designed by the Brietling Racing Team during the Red Bull Air Race Championship, this bold, sporty and high-performance timepiece is for the millennials looking for a quality movement watch at an affordable price.
The 45mm wide Colt Skyracer trumps in weight and sturdiness, featuring a Breitlight® case that is harder and lighter than titanium. The high-tech material poses an exceptional resistance to scratches, corrosion, and traction; is anti-magnetic, anti-allergenic, as well as a warmer ‘touch’ than metal. The slightly mottled effect of Breitlight® emulates the appearance of forged carbon, giving the Skyracer a modern and military-ruggedness to its exterior.
The volcanic-black watch face has a lot going on – loaded with details, digits on the bezels and huge hour markers on the dial. Breitling still manages to keep the dial highly legible (not a surprise as Brietling’s high legibility is the brand’s highlight), with white luminescent hands and numbers striking a contrast against the black background and red accents reminiscent of instrument panels, all sealed in glare-proof sapphire crystal.
Powering the Skyracer is a COSC chronometer-certified quartz. Not just any quartz movement, but a thermocompensated caliber Breitling 74 SuperQuartz which boasts an accuracy of -/+ ten seconds a year. To put things in perspective, regular quartz watches are only accurate to 15 seconds a month. Even the most precise mechanical watches are only accurate to one or two seconds a day.
The water-resistant (100 m/330 ft) watch also has a black rubber strap that functions as a measurement scale for the off-grid adventurers who read topographical maps.