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Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling is throwing its weight behind the global effort against COVID-19 through an initiative aimed at raising funds for health workers.

The brand has just introduced a second special blue-dial edition of its Superocean Heritage 57 II dive watch, limited to 1,000 examples, whose rainbow-coloured hands and hour markers replicate the symbol used in the ongoing campaign in the UK in support of the heroic efforts by members of the country’s National Health Service.

Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II with gold-brown vintage-inspired leather strap

Having already donated to health-related charities in countries hard hit by the pandemic, using funds raised through the first special edition of the watch that was launched in April, Breitling has pledged a further 1,000 Swiss francs (almost HK$8,000) for each of the first 100 new timepieces sold through its website. In total, the Swiss manufacturer aims to raise 500,000 Swiss francs, which it intends to be split between health charities in France, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and the US. Breitling also hopes to raise more funds by encouraging its retailers to join in with the charity effort.


Superocean Heritage Automatic 42 ’57 Limited Edition II

Watch Movement
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 10
Diameter: 25.6 millimeters
Depth: 3.6 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical, bidirectional with ball bearing approx. 42 hours
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Height: 9.99 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Caseback: solid, screwed
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: stainless steel with blue ceramic ring, bidirectional

Blue / Coloured Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour markers, hour and minute hands

Gold-brown vintage-inspired leather strap with pin or folding buckle or integrated Ocean
Classic stainless-steel bracelet with butterfly clasp

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Jon Wall
A Hong Kong resident for more than 30 years, Jon has worked on publications devoted to culture, travel and lifestyle, as well as a short stint in daily newspapers, since the late ‘70s. He loves travel, literature, jazz, wine, aircraft and, especially, motor cars – and has occasionally been known to knock together a reasonably edible meal.