Ushering in the summer months in colorful fashion, Breitling has unveiled the new Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise Capsule Collection. The series consists of five diver-style watches, all executed in bright, trendy pastel colorways and catering to a diverse and likely younger audience of watch buyers.
The collection follows on the heels of the original Superocean Heritage ’57 last year, and two subsequent updates to that line later in 2020, and indicates Breitling’s continuing devotion to vintage-inspired designs. The brightly colored models also recall the launch of the Premier Heritage Collection, also a pastel-heavy group of watches that made major waves, no pun intended, in the market for their thoughtful juxtaposition of the playful and the formal.
Each watch is 38 mm in diameter, in a 100-meter water-resistant steel case whose color options include white with white accents, white with rainbow accents, light blue, mint green, and beige. Each of the models come equipped on matching Saffiano leather straps, with folding clasps and a quick-change system, the colors of which complement the primary colors used on the bezel and dial.
The watches should appeal to both men and women, with their bold diver designs and diverse colors balanced by case dimensions that shouldn’t overpower anyone’s wrist regardless of size. That the collection is geared toward a fashion-minded client is further indicated by the inclusion of a minty, sage-like green, which is essentially the de facto color of the year for 2021. The relatively modest water resistance is another indicator, as most “serious” dive watches provide a minimum of 200 meters of water resistance.
Nonetheless, the Superocean Heritage does take its inspiration from a vintage predecessor from 1957 and, like that model, has a large, bi-directional convex bezel, a push/pull crown, and a distinctive dial configuration recognizable for the unique, layered look of its quarter-hour markers. These markers are possibly best showcased on the rainbow-accented version of the watch, with the varying colors popping on the white background they overlay. This isn’t actually the first time Bretling has used rainbow accents, either: the brand inauguarated the style last year in its Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition for COVID-19 Charities.
Beating inside all the watches is the Breitling Caliber 10, a COSC-certified automatic movement, and the same caliber used in previous iterations of the Superocean Heritage ’57. The caliber uses a brand-finished ETA 2892-A2 as its base, amasses a 42-hour power reserve, and is protected behind a solid, screw-down caseback.
Each of the Pastel Paradise watches are available now, via Breitling and authorized retailers, with pricing starting at $4,630 for most colorways, the exception being the rainbow-accented model, which is marked slightly higher at $4,770.