Reviewing A Tough Ladies’ Breitling: Galactic 36 Sleek T
At Baselworld 2015, Breitling introduced its decidedly masculine Galactic Unitime SleekT model; now, the brand known for its aviation-inspired sport luxury watches offers a slimmed-down (in both size and complexity) new version for the ladies, called Breitling Galactic 36 SleekT.
The Breitling Galactic 36 SleekT has a slimmer case than its predecessor, in addition to a smaller diameter (36 mm as opposed to 44 mm for the Unitime). It is outfitted with Breitling Caliber 74, a thermocompensated “SuperQuartz” movement (in contrast to the Unitime’s mechanical automatic Caliber B35), which is chronometer-certified and which Breitling says boasts a level of timekeeping precision 10 times higher than that of a standard quartz movement. Adding to the smooth ergonomic appeal of the case is the bezel made of tungsten carbide, an extremely resistant high-tech composite material. Made by molding tungsten powder at high temperatures and under extreme pressures, tungsten carbide offers a hardness five times that of steel as well as a scratch-proof surface. Aesthetically, its color contrasts subtly with the polished steel of the case.
Two dials are available — mother-of-pearl (pictured above) and lacquered “Trophy Black” (below), with or without diamond hour markers, and both with date windows at 3 o’clock. There is also a version pairing the mother-of-pearl dial with a diamond-set bezel (also below). The Breitling Galactic 36 SleekT is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and sports a curved sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides. The watch comes on a five-row Breitling Pilot bracelet in stainless steel. Prices start at $4,850.