Presenting equal measures of sturdiness and style, Breitling’s Super Chronomat is set to appeal to men and women of purpose, action and style
When Breitling introduced the Chronomat back in 1984, it signified the comeback of mechanical Swiss timepieces after quartz watches had dominated the market throughout the 1970s. Its bold proportions combined with stylish design codes made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch of its time and made it an icon of its era. Furthermore, the Chronomat also helped Breitling celebrate its centenary in style, marking the return of the mechanical chronograph on which the brand had built its global reputation.
The iconic collection is back this year with an all-purpose sports watch design that’s elegant enough for formal evenings as well, titled the Super Chronomat. If anything, this is undoubtedly Breitling’s boldest Chronomat to date.
Inspired by the Frecce Tricolori watch that Breitling created for the hotshots of the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic fleet back in 1983, the Super Chronomat comes with a stainless-steel bezel that has a ceramic insert, which is a first on a Chronomat. To top it off, it also comes with the choice of a Rouleaux-inspired rubber strap or the brand’s iconic metal one with a butterfly clasp.
Appearance-wise, the Super Chronomat collection—which is presented in a 44m case—comes in several color and metal variations. The Super Chronomat B01 44, for one, has three different variations. First up, there’s a rich brown dial-and-bezel combination with a case in 18K red gold.
The other two models are encased in stainless steel with blue or black dial-and-bezel combinations. All of them 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.
Uniquely, for those wanting something extra special, there’s a black dial version with a UTC-module embedded in a Rouleaux bracelet. As a quirky Breitling feature dating back to the 1980s, this provides a way to keep track of a second time zone, which refers to Universal Time Coordinated.
To complete the collection, Breitling also presents the Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar. As its name implies, the watch has a semi-perpetual calendar mechanism that needs adjusting only once every leap year, or basically every 1461 days.
Aesthetically, it comes in two versions. There’s one featuring a black dial with tone-on-tone chronograph counters, a stainless-steel bezel with a black ceramic bezel insert and 18k red gold elements.
Then there’s the blue dial version featuring tone-on-tone chronograph counters and a bezel in 18K red gold with a blue ceramic insert.
Powered by the Breitling Caliber 19, a COSC-certified chronograph movement with a semi-perpetual calendar with day, date, month, and moon phase indicators, these timepieces are water-resistant up to 100m.
Breitling’s CEO Georges Kern perhaps said it best: “This is a watch you’ll get noticed in without having to worry about it. This watch is tough enough for every pursuit, but it won’t get in the way of your sense of style.” As Breitling’s boldest Chronomat to date, it’s safe to say that the Super Chronomat is the ultimate choice for those who want a timepiece mastering the balance between sturdy and stylish.
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