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.
Breitling has created a special series reviving the design and the spirit of the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph of 1983.
This Chronomat Airborne has a polished steel case — distinguished with a satin-brushed rotating bezel — and offered in both 41mm and 44mm case sizes. The dial comes in two versions: black with silver-toned counters, and silver-toned with black counters. Fitted with a black military-type fabric strap with folding clasp. Inside is Breitling’s automatic mechanical, COSC-certified, manufacture Caliber 01.
Note pictured is the caseback — it is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) as well as the outline of an Aermacchi, one of the ten planes flown by the Italian flight squadron.
Did You Know?
In the early 1980s, Ernest Schneider – to whom Willy Breitling had just sold his firm – learned that the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian airforce aerobatics team, had issued a bid for tender on their first official watch. He accordingly decided to create a brand-new aviation chronograph specifically designed for pilots’ needs. This instrument was developed in close cooperation with the squadron. A ll details of the construction and exterior were designed to meet the demands of aviation professionals – be it the sturdiness of the case, the profile of the lugs, the readability of the dial and the ergonomic shape of the pushpieces and crown. Won over by this ultra-functional, avant-garde and elegant chronograph, the Italian flying aces voted in its favor and the official Frecce Tricolori watch was launched in 1983.