In pursuit of the next great adventure, the Swiss brand projects a clear vision for the future while celebrating a significant period in its history
When the iconic Chronomat collection was launched by Breitling back in 1984, it signified the so-called comeback of mechanical Swiss timepieces after quartz watches dominated the market throughout the 1970s. The bold proportions combined with stylish design codes made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch of its time and an icon of its era. Perhaps more importantly, it also helped Breitling celebrate its centenary in style, marking the return of the mechanical chronograph on which the brand had built its global reputation.
Fast forward to nearly 40 years later, and the redesigned Chronomat has truly become an all-purpose sports watch. For one, the features of the new Chronomat recall its classic namesake from the 1980s and make it instantly recognizable. Then, the eye-catching Rouleaux bracelet with its butterfly clasp perfectly expresses Breitling’s modern-retro style, as does the signature rotating bezel with rider tabs.
Two particular standouts in this collection are the stainless steel version with a blue dial along with the stainless steel and 18K red gold version with an anthracite dial.
These timepieces come with the collection’s signature rotating bezel, which is highlighted by the interchangeable rider tabs at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, which allow the wearer to either “count up” or “count down.” Housed in a 42mm case, both of these two-tone timepieces are driven by the in-house Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, a COSC-certified chronometer that also delivers an impressive power reserve of about 70 hours.
Along with the redesigned Chronomat, Breiting also introduced the Super Chronomat, which is arguably the brand’s boldest Chronomat to date. The collection includes key new features including a stainless-steel bezel with a ceramic insert—which is a first on a Chronomat—plus the choice of a Rouleaux-inspired rubber strap with three distinct textures: matte, slick, and woven-looking. Alternatively, there’s also the brand’s iconic metal bracelet with a butterfly clasp.
Appearance-wise, the Super Chronomat collection—which is presented in a 44m case—comes in several color and metal variations. Among these variations, the stainless steel model with black dial-and-bezel combinations are arguably the best in showcasing the balance between sturdy and stylish. These models feature contrasting silver chronograph counters and are powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which boasts a power reserve of about 70 hours.
Other than that, another particular standout in this collection would be the Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar. As the name implies, the watch comes with a semi-perpetual calendar mechanism that only needs adjusting every leap year, or basically once every 1461 days. While available in two versions, the blue dial version featuring tone-on-tone chronograph counters and a bezel in 18K red gold with a blue ceramic insert really captures the beauty of the watch as a whole.
With some updated twists on the original, the redesigned Chronomat and the Super Chronomat collections truly capitalize on the watch’s signature design elements and spirit.
Available in a range of different metal and dial options, at least one of them will be perfectly at home on your wrist, whether for strolls along the beach, day-to-day commutes to your workplace, or for the next awards ceremony. It’s safe to say that both of the collections are truly set to appeal to today’s generation of passionate and fashionable adventurers as the ultimate sport-chic watch of its time.
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