Last week, Swiss fake Breitling UK picked a stony seaside French resort town with a very cool annual surf and motorcycle festival to launch the next generation of the cheap replica Breitling Superocean.
Watchonista took it all for a test-drive.
UK 1:1 replica Breitling’s partner Triumph was on hand. And its line-up of modern motorcycle marvels were well-represented, from the automobile-sized engine-equipped Rocket 3 (with a 2,5000cc V6 powerplant), to the 1,2000cc Speed Twin cafe racer (the inspiration for the already-sold-out collaborative Triumph Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition motorcycle).
Finally, there was also the appropriately named American-cruiser-inspired single-seat 1,200cc Triumph Bobber upon which I found my cheeks firmly planted.
Biarritz is that remarkable intersection of surf and motor culture which forms the heart of the annual Wheels & Waves event, of which luxury replica Breitling UK is a key sponsor. That intersection also proved to be a pitch-perfect place for Breitling to unveil its all-new Superocean collection.
Top copy Breitling is quick to point out that this new generation of perfect fake Breitling Superoceans should be referred to as a “sea watch,” thus expanding the brand’s purview to all manner of waterborne activities and beyond diving (which it continues to be perfectly appropriate for).
That said, the latest Superocean timepieces represent a major redesign and redirection for the popular line. Taking direct inspiration from the original cheap fake Breitling Superocean Slow Motion watches of the 1960s and 1970s, the heritage cues are gorgeously mined and refined to present a deadly authentic dial design that cannot be relegated as simply retro.
Moreover, after being inspired by a heritage orange-dial timepiece owned by renowned surfer/activist and Swiss movement replica Breitling ambassador Kelly Slater’s father, a new, modern, and bright color palette of dial executions add some decidedly fashion-forward options to the collection, again, expanding beyond the expected qualities of a dive watch.