A new and very functional, very reliable piece from Breitling. Nothing super-special here, but this is a good solid watch if you are looking for something to put through some heavy use in harsh environments.
Breitling’s Chronomat was first launched in 1984. Though it has evolved over the years, it has always been one of the quintessential Breitling collections. Manly, technical, & functional. This new special edition that was just announced piece caught my eye for its orange-on-black high color contrast. The unidirectional rotating bezel features orange rubber inlaid numerals and there is also an orange inner bezel ring which combines to give the watch its distinct look. The watch has Breitling’s in-house Caliber 01 (with a matching black oscillating weight enhanced with orange markings). Which they charge for, by the way — price on this piece is $9,825. Seen here on the rubber Diver Pro III rubber strap.
Having now seen this year’s Chronomat Airborne (the collection’s 30th anniversary), let’s take a quick look at another release from Breitling this year, the Navitimer. The Breitling Navitimer – a technical and purpose-built watch with circular slide rule – is an easily recognizable icon from the brand. This year Breitling is launching upsized versions of the Navitimer, 46mm and 48mm + GMT function. We’ll look at both, below.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flagship Chronomat model, Breitling is launching a special series with a resolutely technical and professional look. This model traces its roots in the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph that Breitling created for the Italian aerobatics team in 1983. In 1984, Breitling celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style by launching the Chronomat collection. Over the past three decades, this watch has evolved in various ways but overall it has retained a similar look and functionality. Though a big step came in 2009, when the Chronomat was the first model to house Breitling’s new Manufacture calibers. And now here we are in 2014 — the 30th anniversary of Breitling’s best-seller.