A watchmaker for over a century, Breitling marked its 100th year of refined watchmaking with the Breitling Chronomat in 1984. Now close to 40 years on, the latest Chronomat Collection calls out to men and women of purpose, action, and style, all while maintaining its technical legacy, combined with its particularly stylish design codes which made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch of its era.
Although the maison had used the name ‘Chronomat’ for its watch models in the 1940s, back then the term served as a portmanteau of “chronograph for mathematics.” The newer 1984 Chronomat however expressed something different: “chronograph” and “automatic,” which serves to highlight the self-winding mechanical movement powering the watch.
While Breitling has long been established as the watch of choice for aviators, the maison has also found a passionate following among those whose adventures take place not only in the air, but also on land and at sea. And the Breitling Chronomat is one of those sporty models which fits in whether worn 38,000 feet in the air, while on the red carpet, or even for a fun day at the beach.
It was the 1983 Frecce Tricolori watch that originally inspired the Chronomats introduced a year later to celebrate the Breitling’s centenary. The new Chronomat Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition has a blue dial featuring tone-on-tone subdials and the Frecce Tricolori logo on the dial – positioned where the Breitling logo is normally placed. It is limited to 250 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with the words “ONE OF 250.”
Fun fact: This model got its name from the famed Italian aerial squadron.
The Chronomat Bentley celebrates Breitling’s partnership with the British luxury carmaker. It features a “BENTLEY” engraving around the transparent sapphire caseback.
The partnership between the two prestigious brands dates back to 2002, when Bentley commissioned Breitling to design the onboard clock for its very first Continental GT.
Fun fact: Willy Breitling, the watch brand’s visionary leader and the grandson of founder Léon Breitling, was a devoted Bentley fan.
Despite its modern flair, the latest Breitling Chronomat Collection also features some classic Chronomat elements that make the range instantly recognisable.
Of course the signature rotating bezel is intact, and highlighted by rider tabs, which not only protect the crystal but make the manipulation of the bezel easier. Then there’s its stainless-steel integrated Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp, for all but one model (see below). Plus, staying true to its original predecessor, the rider tabs at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock are interchangeable, so the wearer can use them either for a ‘count up’ or ‘count down’ function.
When it comes to its movement, all of the Chronomat Collection chorongraphs are powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 – which delivers an astounding 70 hours of power reserve. Plus, legibility is increased in each model thanks to the watch hands being coated with Super-LumiNova.
And as per usual with Breitling timepieces, the Chronomats are all COSC- certified chronometers
There’s one for everyone
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