Breitling’s pastel-coloured watches bring zing to summer time

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise capsule collection comes in a range of summery hues

Three colourful Breitling watches on a yellow background, part of the SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE ’57 PASTEL PARADISE capsule collection
(Image credit: Breitling)

Breitling’s pastel-coloured new watches have arrived just in time for summer. The SuperOcean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise capsule collection, cast in refreshing shades including aquamarine, mint green, rainbow tangerine and cool white, bring an easy playfulness to classic watch design.

The retro feel of these limited editions is an homage to the original 1950s diver’s watch which, with its focus on easy legibility and water-friendly design, was itself a nod to the increasing popularity of the seaside holidays that took off in that decade. These new pieces are designed to be fun to wear, with straps easily switched to other colours, should you fancy raspberry or lemon sorbet, say.

Breitling watch with an orange strap


(Image credit: Breitling)

‘This modern-retro tribute to the original SuperOcean is an exciting addition to the Breitling family of ladies’ watches,’ says the company’s CEO Georges Kern. ‘Of course it’ll look great at work, but its fun-in-the-sun vibe might make you want to spend a weekend at the beach.’ Key design codes from the original are carried through to the new collection, with a rotating bezel and quarter hour markers adding a retro touch. The boldness of the sorbet shades, when cast in blocks on the dial, bezel and straps, will go down very nicely, while the prettiness of pastel makes a gentle foil for the zinginess of rainbow tangerine.

The new pieces are a natural continuation of Breitling’s history of combining a sporty aesthetic with a focus on accuracy. The original SuperOcean, created in the 1950s to make a splash on the brand’s 25th anniversary, was a simple yet technically accomplished diver’s watch. Its hardy qualities – shockproof and anti-magnetic – made it as popular than as its ancestors are now.

Breitling watch with green strap and dial


(Image credit: Breitling)

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.