If one brand is almost synonomous for a complication it has to be Breitling. By hearing the name alone many collectors think instantly of a chronograph. Even through Breitling has also made quite a name with time only diving and ladies watches. For Breitling chronographs are a way of life and at the top of the line is the Transocean Chronograph QP.
The QP stands in this case for Quantieme Perpetual, indeed a perpetual calendar. Especially placed in the Transocean case it results in a watch that is very Breitling, but also shows us a side of the brand that we haven’t seen in a while. In the early days Breitling was also known for its dress watches. More elegant watches in gold cases that would look great at any formal event. Gold cases are still very much a part of Breitling but with a more sportier touch. The Transocean case however, returns some of that old fashioned flair to Breitling. Especially with the black dial it goes great with a suit, and the fact that it is the only Breitling that shows the moonphase, it would be the perfect watch for enjoying a nice evening out!
When you first look at the dial the 13 hands and indicators can be a bit overwhealming. Especially since some subdials combine three different functions, it takes some getting used to. But once you do you realize that Breitling actually did a great job integrating the various functions on the dial, and you can read the info you need fast and relatively easily.
The watch is powered by Breitling’s caliber 29. This caliber uses ETA’s 2892-A2 as a base movement with a module on top for the chronograph and perpetual calendar. It is easy to say that Breitling should have gone the manufacture route and created their own perpetual calendar movement. However, since Breitling is privately owned and not part of a big conglomerate it has to develop these movements on its own. And despite that they are quite a large brand, they keep their Perpetual Calendars very limited. From the Transocean Chronograph QP only 25 are available with a black dial and 25 with a white dial. Besides, caliber 29 is a very impressive movement! The ETA 2892-A2 is a very solid preformer and with the added module it adds up to almost 500 parts!
Although the Transocean Chronograph QP is quite a new watch, Breitling has used their perpetual calendar movement in the now discontinued Navitimer 1952 QP. While the Navitimer version incorporated the slide-rule inner bezel, the Transocean QP is much cleaner. Both represent the finest of Breitling’s chronographs and will please even the most spoiled collectors.