One of the big announcements at this year’s Baselworld watch fair was the alliance forged between two powerhouse tool watch brands: Tudor (part of the Rolex enterprise) and the formerly independent Breitling, now owned by private equity house CVC Capital Partners.
Under this arrangement, each will supply the other with items missing from their stock list. Thus, Tudor gains access to the Grenchen brand’s BR01 in-house chronograph, while Breitling receives Tudor’s MT5612 automatic movement, now dubbed the B20, which has been put to use in the new Superocean Heritage II series, celebrating 60 years since the launch of its first “dive watch”. Available in 42mm or 46mm automatic and 46mm chronograph versions, all benefit from a ceramic ring adorning the steel bezel, to minimise wear, as well as subtly updated hands and markers. In addition, the COSC-certified B20 movement now delivers 70 hours of power reserve.
All models feature blue, black or bronze finishes and a choice of strap material: crocodile, rubber and a new rubber-leather composite. Alternatively, a mesh strap can be fitted, in line with the 1957 original.