With one of the strongest ties to aviation of any watch manufacturer, Breitling is well know for its range of pilot’s watches. This year, Breitling will add to its lineup with the new Chronoliner. Though inspired by a model from the 1950s and 60s according to Breitling, the first thing that jumped out at me was the ceramic bezel — certainly a trait of the modern watchmaking era and no doubt a long time coming for Breitling fans.
The watch is cased in steel and sized at 46mm, which is definitely large but not out of line for what we have come to expect from Breitling. It has a second time zone marked by the red-tipped hand. Breitling has opted for a black dial with contrasting subdials, hour/minute hands, and hour markers.
As with most everything Breitling does, the automatic mechanical Chronoliner caliber is COSC certified, though it does not appear to be from Breitling’s in-house range.
The caseback bears the stylized planes that were a longtime Breitling signature.
Seen mostly here on a mesh bracelet, it will also be compatible with a full steel bracelet as well:
Both combinations look good on first impression…More to come next month from Baselworld 2015.