The Watch That Might Save Your Life

This is the one thing you’ll want with you in times of distress


Ever wondered what you’d do if you were lost in a forest or stranded on a deserted island? Considering we’re not all Bear Grylls, survival might be a challenge.

Enter Breitling’s Emergency II watch. It's predecessor, the Emergency I, made waves as the world’s pioneer wrist-watch with a built-in emergency micro-transmitter when it was launched in 1995. In 2013, the Emergency II followed, making it's debut at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. And after a two-year wait for approvals from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), it's finally available in Singapore.

So how does it work? When in duress, all you have to do is rotate the knob along the dial of the watch anti-clockwise. It releases a hidden antenna that sends your exact location to the search-and-rescue personnel (police, ambulance, civil defence, army etc.) closest to you. So all you have to do is sit tight and wait for the cavalry.

Before you run out and get it for yourself, here are some things to note: Only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can get it here, and there are a couple of lengthy forms from both Breitling and the IDA that you need to fill out — so this is not a watch that you’d want to get on a whim. Plus, the timepiece costs a cool $21, 000 and up. But you can’t put a price on life, right?

The Breitling Emergency II is only available at the Breitling boutique, #01-03/04 Palais Renaissance. For enquiries, call 6732-8582.

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