‘Hi there, I’m writing this on the morning of Thanksgiving and I guess nobody’s going to see this post for a few days at least, but what the heck, I can`t contain myself after discovering a lovely Breitling. I invite you to feast your eyes on the new Breitling Chronospace Evo Night Mission, Caliber 73.
What`s The Big Deal?
While it`s true Breitling aimed their products at the pilot in us all, which also assumes the need for precision, the Evo Night Mission is a luxury quartz, which as you will know are few and far between. Breitling wearers, like other high-end wearers, often demand the accuracy of an electronic timekeeper.
Since 1985 the Breitling Aerospace collection has been a popular choice for pilots, the previous version, the Caliber 79, incorporated their Analogue/Digital approach using both analog hand and LCD screens for additional, super accurate dissemination of information.
Now the new updated version relies on it`s thermo-compensated “SuperQuartz” movement giving an accuracy within seconds per year. The case has expanded by 1 mm bring the case to 44mm, gone is the single military-style fabric straps option, now the choice is yours, Leather, Diver Pro, Military or Professional III.
Meet The Chronospace Evo Night Mission
Looking at the appearance of the new Evo Night Mission we can see Breitling have refined the model to give it a bold yet conservative character, displaying the qualities we have all come to expect from a professional instrument. It`s a sturdy no-nonsense design that oozes quality. The case is satin-brushed titanium housing a blue dial with tone on tone counters and electronic Chronospace chronograph.
In this example, the case is a stunning high-performance satin-brushed titanium, housing a deep blue dial. Indicators and counters are supremely legible using large square numerals and luminescent hands. The bezel is a unidirectional rotating for safety, with an excellent four tab grip for ease of use. The water resistance is a minimal 100m protected by its screw-lock crown.
So we can see what`s in plain view but what will we find if we dig down beneath the exquisite surface?
At the heart of this beast lies a SuperQuartz™ movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz. Although this is a high-tech, super-charged quartz movement, it still represents the exception to the rule in the Breitling range. The Chronometer is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), combining numerous functions that busy adventurers can make use of.
A notable feature being the split-seconds function with additional central hand serving to measure intermediate times. While the fast timezone adjustment system ensures uninterrupted precision of the minutes and seconds displays.
Video Courtesy Of Breitling
Chronospace Evo Night Mission Specs
Case: Black Titanium
Dial: Mariner Blue
Strap: Diver Pro III (Black)
Caliber: Breitling 73
Movement: SuperQuartz, Theromocompensated quartz electronic, fast action timezone change (accurate to within seconds per year.)
Chronograph: 1/10th second, 60 minutes, 12 hours with split times by fly-back hard
Calender: Dial aperture
Case: Black Titanium
Battery Type/life: 394/2 to 3 years
Water Resistance; 100 m (330ft)
Bezel: Undirectional Ratched
Crown: Screw-locked, two gaskets
Crystal: Sapphire, Glare Proofed both sides
Strap: Diver Pro
Interhorn width: 22/20m
Chronospace Evo Night Mission Options
At the time I wrote this piece a choice of options exist but seem quite limited.Cases
Push Button Folding Clasp
Diver Pro III:Black
Diver Pro III:Blue
Pricing Points For Breitling Evo
Pricing could be a sore point depending on your opinion, some believe the Aerospace collection should remain affordable for professions rather than the wealthy, arguing a price tag of around $3000 would make the mark. But the previous versions of the Evo Night Mission retailed around the $5000 range making them pretty expensive for their target working demographic.
Sadly, there is no good news on this subject as genuine prices are still difficult to come by. Breitling themselves are pretty coy about prices and use the PRICE UPON REQUEST routine. I have always said, “If you have to ask, you can`t afford” but I live in hope Breitling will look to their true demographic and make this piece affordable for professionals.
To chase the price list yourself check out official retail locations in your area by using this link, or alternatively if you`re inspired by the Breitling style but want a slightly more modest entry point you should read my best discount watch stores review page.
Pros and Cons
Established History and Credibility
Price points – What are they?
Options- Limited Custome Options
Breitling Partners The Patrouille Suisse
As a side note, Breitling has recently reinforced its long-standing relationship with the Swiss Airforce, notably the Patrouille Suisse (aerobatics team) created in 1965. The legendary brand has become its official time-keeper in a partnership representing two specialists of Swiss precision and performance.
For my regular readers, you know I really like Breitling although recently I’ve had my head turned by other less ambitious brands. That doesn`t take anything away from the Evo Night Mission which I find breathtaking, it just makes me nervous about the price. The brand is superb, the model is dynamite but whenever I see ‘Price on Request’ it makes me sad because this type of marketing is so unnecessary. We all know what we like, and we all know how much we have to spend, so why can’t we know the price? The worst kind of snobbery in my view. No Sir, I don’t like it!
As I said before, I just hope they take into account their hard working professional demographic and make it affordable. I agree with the views I have seen online, that a price tag around the $3000 would be acceptable, making it affordable but still aspirational. But what do I know?
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