Le maillon jaune de Breitling

The brand can be proud to have created a yellow version of its Endurance Pro watch: the winner of the Tour de France wore it during the final stage.
The Tour de France ended on Sunday on the Champs-Élysées and the wearer of the yellow jersey, young Tadej Pogacar, may have whispered (in Slovenian) the words of Julius Caesar as he climbed to the top of the podium: Veni, vidi, vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered). Winning the Grande Boucle on his first participation, the day before he turned 22, was in any case an exploit that made him the youngest winner since Henri Cornet in 1904.

On the eve of the start of the race three weeks ago, we spoke here about the tiny gaps that sometimes separate two riders on a finish line: for example 0.0003 seconds between Germany’s Marcel Kittel and Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen at the end of the 7th stage of the Tour de France 2017. That’s a difference of 6 millimeters, a type of gap that requires Tissot, the official watchmaking partner of the Tour de France, to set up a particularly precise timing system.

With a 59-second lead over the second-placed rider in the overall standings, a photo finish was not necessary this year, but in addition to the visibility of the Tissot name throughout the stages, several timepieces will have been in the spotlight during this edition. Starting with the Richard Mille RM 67-02 watch worn during the race by Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (to be followed next weekend at the World Cycling Championships). No weight worries with this exceptional carbon model, which weighs only 32 grams.

It was also the extreme lightness of the new Breitling Endurance Pro, which we saw on Sunday on the wrist of Tadej Pogacar throughout the last stage, that seduced the hero of the day. But not only that.

Case in Breitlight, diameter 44 mm. Thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement Breitling caliber 82 certified COSC chronometer. Chronograph, pulsometer and date functions. Bidirectional rotating bezel with cardinal points. Luminescent hour and minute hands. Water-resistant to 100 meters.

Displaying for the occasion a total yellow look from head to toe, including bike, the champion could only appreciate the color of the bracelet, the collar and the crown of this chronograph launched by the brand on August 26. The 44 mm diameter watch was cut from a high-tech material called Breitlight and powered by a COSC-certified SuperQuartz chronograph movement. But the Slovenian, who also holds the white and red polka dot jersey awarded to the best climber and the white jersey awarded to the best youngster, could just as easily have chosen another version of the Breitling Endurance Pro watch, since it comes in a range of five different colors: yellow, red, white, orange and blue .

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