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Breitling Colt Skyracer: Singapore Price And Review

The Breitling Colt gets new armour.

Breitling Colt Skyracer
Breitling Racing Team pilot Mika Brageot wearing the Colt Skyracer, in the MXS-R 'Skyracer' plane

Though often overlooked in place of more famous models such as the Navitimer and Chronomat, the Colt is by no means a pushover. Just as the Navitimer was flagged as a bona fide pilot’s watch, and the Chronomat a professional instrument for scientists and engineers, the Colt, introduced in the 1980s, wears its tool-watch tag proudly, having been created specifically as a timekeeper for the armed forces.

This year's iteration, the new Colt Skyracer, further attests to its military lineage, brandishing a mix of robustness, performance and machismo that makes it quite possibly the coolest Colt offering yet.

Breitling Colt Skyracer

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The first thing you notice about the Colt Skyracer is its jet-black 45mm case with textured surface that resembles screed cement. It is a great, sporty look, of course, but this here, is beauty with substance.

The appearance is the result of a proprietary material called Breitlight, first seen on last year’s Avenger Hurricane. Breitlight is a lightweight polymer material made with composite fibres. It touted to be six times lighter than steel, three times lighter than titanium, and hardier than both metals. It is also scratch- and corrosion-resistant, anti-magnetic and hypoallergenic – a perfect case material, in other words, for a watch designed for use in extreme environments.

Breitling Colt Skyracer

The Colt Skyracer's cutting-edge case material, however, belies its unfussy practicality. A ‘simple’ timekeeper, the watch prides itself on high legibility, thanks to the high-contrast interface on the dial with white luminescent indicators. The signature rotating unidirectional bezel with rider tabs is particularly useful for setting countdown times, while a new rubber strap comes in handy with etchings of various measurement scales.

Breitling Colt Skyracer

Driving the watch is the quartz-powered Calibre 74, a COSC-certified movement. Before you knock the battery-powered engine, know that the movement is part of  Breitling’s illustrious technological lineage. It belongs to a family of ‘SuperQuartz’ movements that is thermos-compensated and 10 times more accurate than standard quartz movements, which the brand has been developing since 2001. Breitling's press communique bills the Colt Skyracer as a "new generation Breitling". Given the specs, we suppose the tag ought to apply to a new generation of Breitling fans as well.

 Case

45mm, Breitlight

 Dial

Volcano black

 Movement

Breitling SuperQuartz Calibre 74

 Strap 

Rubber

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Water resistance

100m

 Price

 S$2,850

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Last modified on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:27
Alvin Wong

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Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.  

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