As an iconic Swiss watch brand with a long history dating back to 1884, under the leadership of CEO Georges Kern, Breitling continues to impress with its modern approach to Swiss watchmaking , while still appreciating the brand’s rich, mostly aviation heritage.
Recent launches include the Breitling Top Time and the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Frontline Heroes Edition; the latter is a rainbow version of the Superocean, and Breitling donates £1,000 to NHS Charities Together for every watch sold. Beaverbrooks also matches this for every watch we sell. Proving its timely release and popularity, we sold out within a week.
Today, we are focusing on the latest new collection; the Breitling Chronomat B01 42.
Revolutionary when it was first introduced in 1984, the Breitling Chronomat made a bold decision to return to mechanical movements in the middle of the quartz era of the 70s and 80s. As Breitling CEO Georges Kern said, “It is this watch that boldly declares Breitling to be absolutely true to its roots”.
Inspired by the 1983 Frecce Tricolor chronograph, the 1984 Chronomat launched in partnership with the famous Italian eponymous air squadron to celebrate Breitling in style and help cement the Chronomat’s status as the ultimate sports fashion watch of its era.
Iconic features and stylish aesthetics
Now, nearly 40 years later, the new Chronomat watch, dubbed by Breitling as a “true all-around sports watch,” is sleeker, perhaps more fashionable, than the previous Chronomat, while still retaining a heavy, imposing aesthetic.
Each watch in the new collection features the iconic design of the original Chronomat, showcasing iconic features from the rotating bezel to the iconic Rouleaux bracelet, making it instantly recognisable. Water-resistant to 200 meters, the case is 42mm, so it’s still bold enough to wear on the wrist.
The iconic rotating bezel, highlighted by a rider label, not only protects the crystal, but also makes handling of the bezel easier. The rider labels at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions are interchangeable like the original, so you can use them for the “count up” or “count down” function.
In addition, the striking Rouleaux bracelet perfectly captures Breitling’s modern-vintage style, giving these new Chronomats a sleek, retro aesthetic.
Powered by Breitling’s in-house calibre 01
Each Breitling Chronomat in the new collection is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, an in-house manufactured movement with a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. And, like all Breitling watches, the Chronomats are COSC-certified chronometers.