Lighthouse Point, Fla., fine jewelry store J.R. Dunn Jewelers hosted a party last weekend to debut the, ahem, splashy new Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition watch in the United States (Breitling did a global launch for the timepiece in Bali).
Party guests were treated to farm-to-table cuisine, local craft beer and wine, and an art show spotlighting the gorgeous nature photography of local lensman Ben Hicks.
A portion of proceeds from the event went to ocean nonprofit Ocean Conservancy. It’s a natural charitable tie-in: the limited-edition watch is actually a partnership between Breitling and Ocean Conservancy; and the timepiece boasts a caseback engraved with the Ocean Conservancy logo and the limited edition “1 of 1000.”
Breitling also participates in Ocean Conservancy’s cleanup programs to protect the health of the ocean and maintain trash-free seas.
The chronograph, created for divers (and those who admire them!), is powered by a Breitling Caliber 13 mechanical movement and features a shock-resistant unidirectional rotating bezel with a luminescent central dot at 12 o’clock. The dot, as well as the minute and hour hands, are coated with Super-LumiNova and emit a blue light instead of the standard green—and the colored dial is features a blue Superocean inscription. There are also blue accents and a blue central second hand, as well as tone-on-tone sub-dials with blue or nickel-plated accents.
The watch is sold with a pair of NATO straps made of Econyl yarn—a material made of recycled nylon fishing nets from oceans around the world.
Breitling has a storied association with the history of aviation. But the original Breitling Superocean, which debuted in 1957, was created expressly for professional divers.
Top: J.R. Dunn Jewelers vice president Sean Dunn (right) with photographer Ben Hicks (all photos courtesy of J.R. Dunn Jewelers)