Breitling Emergency II: the watch that can save your life

Posted by george wright on 10:41 AM, 19-Oct-14

Breitling Emergency II: independent watch brand Breitling has just presented the new version of its iconic shows Emergency; a model equipped with quartz a tag distress. Launched for the first time in 1995, this piece back in 2013 in a configuration that ensures greater safety in extreme situations. A watch that can save your life thanks to its revolutionary dual-frequency transmitter. For men who take risks on land, on sea and in the air. revolutionary rechargeable IE, a dual-frequency transmitter miniaturized and an unprecedented integrated antenna system.

This year, the independent Swiss watchmaker Breitling reaffirms its pioneering role in the field of technical timepiece and the instruments for professionals by creating the first Replica Hublot wristwatch with beacon personal (Personal Locator Beacon/PLB) integrated. Indeed, Emergency II is equipped with a transmitter dual meets the specifications of the international alert system by Cospas-Sarsat satellites and to at the same time, launch the alert and guide the location and rescue operations.

Developed in collaboration with major scientific institutes, Emergency II "is distinguished by many innovations in microelectronics and Microengineering, including a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual-frequency transmitter and a unique integrated antennas - all three specifically designed system for this model" ensures the brand in its release. First tag PLB dual on the wrist, it stands out as an instrument of security and survival in all situations of distress as much on land, at sea and in the air.

Small historic return: in 1995, Breitling hit a great shot by launching the first watch with distress microemetteur integrated. Keyed onto the international aviation distress frequency 121.5 MHz, the Emergency was designed to allow the localization close drivers or passengers following a plane crash. Brought at any moment on the wrist, it was designed as a supplement to the equipment installed in aircraft.

The Emergency has been tested and worn daily by the best professionals in the aviation and by the largest aircraft patrols of the planet. It has been proven in numerous exercises, search and rescue and has become synonymous with security and reliability for pilots from around the world. Sold to almost 40,000 copies, it has already helped to save many lives and will remain an instrument for locating and rescuing people in danger. This success and this experience Breitling presents this year the Emergency II.

More specifically, the international Cospas-Sarsat System is based on a network of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEOSAR) and geostationary orbit (GEOSAR); It also includes ground stations as well as control and coordination centres Fake tag heuer. Its mission is to transmit distress alerts, accurate and reliable location data so that search and rescue Search And Rescue/authorities can intervene fast and effectively. Since its launch in 1985, the Cospas-Sarsat System has helped save more than 26,000 lives.

How does it work? Maritime, aeronautical and land operations are conducted in three phases: alert, locating (homing) and rescue. Until 2009, the phases of alert and locating used the same analog frequency 121.5 MHz. Since that date, Cospas-Sarsat has decided that its satellites would receive more 121.5 MHz and that the alert would be caused only 406 MHz - a digital rate likely to offer greater security, to provide more complete information and to reduce the number of false alerts.

Breitling is illustrated once again by creating the Emergency II, the first wristwatch in the world with a genuine dual beacon. This instrument - entered in the class of PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) - distinguished by its compliance to Cospas-Sarsat specifications transmitter, enabling both to launch the alert and to guide the location and rescue operations. Fruit of five years of development, the II Emergency demanded the development of leading-edge solutions that have helped advance the microelectronics and Microengineering.

First tag PLB dual-frequency to be worn on the wrist, so on itself at any time, the Emergency II is intended for a wide range of users in the fields the more miscellaneous - aviation, navigation, mountaineering, trekking, hiking, exploring, sports extremes, etc. - and four corners of the world.

The Emergency II is equipped with a microemetteur using alternately two separate frequencies for 24 hours. It emits a first signal on 406 MHz, intended to satellites, 0.44 seconds every 50 seconds, and a second analog on the 121.5 MHz signal (the one for the location and rescue) 0.75 seconds every 2.25 seconds.

Development of the dual-frequency transmitter - developed specifically for Emergency II - represented a great technical challenge, mainly because of its dimensions, which should be adapted to the wrist. It is performed in collaboration with an Institute specialized in space, defence and industry. It took notably create a new circuit dedicated exclusively to this instrument in order to transmit on two frequencies, and in an ultra-compact volume.

Emergency II stands by its antenna integrated, both ingenious and very easy to use System. Its two "strands" of extendable antenna housed in the bottom of the watch manually deploy part and other housing. One of the main challenges was to find a miniaturized device to transmit alternately on the two frequencies, the length of antenna depending on the wavelength. Breitling has developed a unique system where the transmitter uses sometimes part, sometimes the entirety of the two antennas. A first on an emergency beacon.

Furthermore, the tag of Emergency II was designed to simplify handling maximum. Antenna deployment automatically switches on the transmitter. To do this, the user must first unscrew and pull the plug of the main antenna to the right of the box. The plug automatically disengages the antenna when it is deployed to the correct length. This operation has the effect to extract the cap of the second strand, that the user has only to deploy the same principle. All the steps are clearly recalled by a system of markings on the watch. Once the two antennas are deployed, it remains more to position the watch in an optimal manner to ensure best performance of emission.