When Breitling first introduced its partnership with Outerknown again in 2018, it appeared, to me a minimum of, to be a seminal second for sustainable merchandise working their means into the posh business. With the 2 manufacturers’ newest collaboration, the Outerknown sequence will get an enormous enhance from the inclusion of the good-looking (and extensively praised) Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 automated dive watch.
Outerknown is an organization devoted to producing trendy, sustainable clothes, founder by world-famous surfer, Kelly Slater. Slater was already a member of the Breitling Surfers Squad so the union felt fairly pure. However past the advertising sense of pairing Slater’s rising label with a longtime watchmaking firm, this collaboration gave us one thing fairly uncommon: it gave us one thing truly good.
Sustainable merchandise on the rise
Sustainability has been a rising concern in recent times. Given the environmental crises dealing with the globe, manufacturers dedicated to accountable manufacturing practices have by no means obtained extra airtime. The issue with quite a lot of the merchandise produced responsibly, utilizing pure supplies, dyes, methods, and so forth, is that they’re typically aesthetically unsuited to life within the true luxurious realm.
…how effectively do these concepts align with luxurious watchmaking?
Earthy materials, pure textures, and sometimes muted palettes make for enticing purchases, certain. However how effectively do these concepts align with luxurious watchmaking? The reality is, not as typically as many would love. The problem dealing with Slater’s Outerknown and Breitling was to discover a solution to make the product pairing really feel as harmonious as his ambassadorship for this model.
You may’t educate cool
Fortunately, Slater and his crew got here up with the products. Now, chances are you’ll not like NATO straps. That’s positive. They’re an acquired style, in spite of everything. Some individuals don’t assume that material of any sort needs to be anyplace close to a luxurious watch. However in relation to device watches, it typically feels a way more congruous mixture.
As Breitling succinctly states, “The straps are product of ECONYL®yarn, a fabric created completely from recycled nylon waste.” I’ve seen these straps in actual life. I additionally had the prospect to check them with many different material straps. I can say that the standard of their design and execution left me questioning why recycled merchandise carry round a status for crudeness that’s clearly not vital.
These straps are nearly as slick and as pristine a spread of merchandise as one may think about. The colours are vivid and the threads uniform. There have been no compromises in manufacturing. They’re as satisfying to review underneath a loupe as they’re to put on on the wrist. And with such a positive strap possibility, it makes good sense for Breitling to have deployed it on the model’s most up-to-date success: the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 diver.
New colours for the strap and the watch head
The Outerknown straps first appeared on the Breitling Superocean Héritage II in 2018, earlier than popping up on the up to date Superocean fashions launched a yr later. The very first mannequin introduced had a inexperienced dial and got here on a blue and black striped strap. The blue/black strap was adopted by a inexperienced/black model after which by 5 extra colours: black/gray, blue/gentle blue, crimson/black, blue/black, and my private favourite, yellow/orange. And now a seventh shade joins the tribe. Offered for the primary time on two particular version Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 watches, the brown/black variant is a throwback stunner.
…a positive every day beater…
It vibes completely with the concave black ceramic bezel of each Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 fashions and the brown sun-ray dials, embellished with creamy lume. The distinction between these two dive watches is the bezel, the hour marker borders, and the handsets. One of many watches has a metal bezel, whereas the opposite has one constructed from rose gold. Each have hour indicators and palms to match the bezel materials.
Whereas the rose gold bezel model is actually thematically sound, I want the metal model. Not solely is it extra reasonably priced, I discover the brown/black/metal combo attention-grabbing sufficient with out the addition of rose gold parts. Moreover, I do assume the latter is extra versatile and would make a positive every day beater, coordinating, as it will, with each black and brown sneakers (and just about any type of flip-flop you would possibly care to put on as a substitute).
A mannequin for which we’ve quite a lot of love
Our man Mike Stockton has all the time been a fan of the traditional Superocean design. He was ecstatic when the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 replace debuted this yr. Since that drop, Breitling has added some actually thrilling colorways to the gathering already. The very fact among the wildest (including the rainbow-markers version) have been restricted has solely added to the will.
Each references A103703A1Q1W1 and U103701A1Q1W1 have similar specs.
Fortunately, the all-steel model (reference A103703A1Q1W1) is just not restricted. Conversely, the rose gold-infused mannequin (reference U103701A1Q1W1) is proscribed to only 500 items. For my part, that could be a good run measurement. I all the time respect it when massive manufacturers hold the limitation underneath 4 figures.
Each references A103703A1Q1W1 and U103701A1Q1W1 have similar specs. Each are 42mm extensive and 9.99mm thick. You may financial institution on 100m of water-resistance regardless of the actual fact the crown doesn’t screw down. As a substitute. As a substitute, a double gasket system will get you down safely to 10bar. Be taught extra about Breitling and its partnership with Outerknown right here.
Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown
A103703A1Q1W1 (metal) and U103701A1Q1W1 (with 18kt rose gold)
42mm (bezel) diameter, 9.9mm thick
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Breitling Caliber 10
Outerknown Econyl yarn
Hour, minute, and seconds palms, 42-hour energy reserve, 28,800vph, COSC-certified chronometer
Particular Be aware(s)
Reference U103701A1Q1W1 restricted to 500 pcs.