The Chronomat holds a significant place in Breitling’s history. Introduced in 1984, when extra-hin quartz timepieces were the order of the day, the manufacturer placed a bold bet on an impressive mechanical watch that proved to become an icon of its era. Nearly 40 years later, the redesigned Chronomat is set to appeal to today’s generation of men and women.
The new Breitling Chronomat is truly an all-purpose sports watch, at home everywhere. Its features recall the classic namesake and make it instantly recognizable.
When the Breitling Chronomat was launched in 1984, it marked a welcome return to mechanical Swiss watches, which had all but disappeared. Inspired by the Frecce Tricolori watch, which launched in 1983, the Chronomat celebrated Breitling’s centenary. The combination of the technical legacy with particularly stylish design codes made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch and expressed the new-found confidence of the chronograph watch.
Every Chronomat has features that make it instantly recognizable: The signature rotating bezel is highlighted by rider tabs, which make the manipulation of the bezel easier. The ones at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock are interchangeable, so the wearer can use them either for a “count up” or “countdown” function.
The hands of every Chronomat are coated with Super-LumiNova to enhance legibilty in all lighting conditions. All of the models (except for the Chronomat Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition) feature a red second hand.
Breitling offers the Chronomat B01 42 in different versions. In silver, copper, or blue with black contrasting chronograph counters or black with silver contrasting chronograph counters.
Like all Breitling watches, the Chronomats are COSC-certified chronometers. They are powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, an in-house automatic movement that delivers an impressive power reserve of about 70 hours. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz.
The movement is housed in a 42 mm stainless steel case which provides a water-resistant of up to 20 bar. And the eye-catching, highly recognizable Rouleaux bracelet perfectly expresses Breitling’s modern-retro style.