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Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch Review

Breitling has launched the Cockpit B50, a new multifunction electronic chronograph designed for pilots.

The innovative watch is equipped with the Breitling Calibre B50, an 'in-house' analogue and digital display calibre. This SuperQuartz movement is ten times more accurate than standard quartz and is chronometer-certified by the COSC. The rechargeable battery can be recharged through electricity or a USB port, and the watch provides various alert levels to notify the wearer when recharging is necessary.

This Breitling watch has a lightweight 46 mm case is available in natural or black carbon-coated titanium. Two white-on-black LCD screens are placed on the dial, each equipped with a backlighting system which is automatically activated when the wearer bends his wrist by more than 35° - a practical system for those at the controls of a plane or driving a car.

A wide variety of functions are controlled via the crown and two push pieces, and a double press on the crown temporarily 'parks' the hands to provide a clear view of both screens.

Functions include a chronograph with split-time and flyback capabilities; second timezone display; perpetual calendar; two alarms in buzzer and/or vibrate mode; lap timer function; countdown function with alarm; electronic tachometer and countdown/countup system. An aviation-style 'chrono flight' device can also be used to record flight times by memorising the departure and arrival times and the date.

The Breitling Cockpit B50 uses the the aviation reference time UTC as its time base, ensuring easy management of different time zones. The time displayed by the hands can be easily swapped with the second timezone on the screen with just the push of a pushpiece, while the system automatically registers a potential change of date.

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