Baselworld 2014: The Breitling Novelties

 

The new Breitling Chronomat Airborne

Breitling says: “To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our flagship Chronomat model, we are launching a special series with a resolutely technical and professional look. It encapsulates the entire spirit of this legendary chronograph that has become a reference in the field of pilot’s instruments.”

As a good tale is none the worse for being told twice let me before showing you the new Chronomat quickly look back in Breitling´s history…

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. All 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 push-pieces and crown. Won over by this chronograph, the Italian flying aces voted in its favour and the official Frecce Tricolori watch was launched in 1983.

Ernest Schneider
Ernest Schneider
Willy Breitling
Willy Breitling
Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 1983
Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 1983

 

Aware of having created an instrument enshrining the brand’s entire philosophy and mission, Ernest Schneider chose to make this model the new flagship of the new Breitling spirit. In 1984, the firm celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style by launching its mainstream Chronomat collection. Over the past three decades, this chronograph has witnessed an evolution in its aesthetic expressed through a sequence of subtle adjustments. Breitling has constantly improved its performances in terms of sturdiness, functionality, precision and reliability. In 2009, the Chronomat was the first model in the range to host the new Manufacture Breitling calibers. As the leader of the Breitling collection, it has meanwhile established itself as an authentic horological classic.

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its best seller, Breitling has created a special series reviving the design and the spirit of the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is distinguished by its satin-brushed rotating bezel equipped with four raised rider tabs serving to count off flight times, while facilitating rotation even with gloved hands. The result is an edgy, technical and sophisticated appearance. The steel case with its polished finish is available in two 41 and 44 mm sizes, while the dial comes in two versions: black with silver-toned counters, and silver-toned with black counters.

 

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

 

The case-back 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. In keeping with its aeronautical vocation, the Chronomat Airborne is fitted with an ultra-sturdy strap in black military-type fabric, secured by a folding clasp. The Chronomat Airborne is powered by the Breitling Caliber 01 self-winding movement, of course chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) as all the movements manufactured or used by Breitling.

 

In a 44 mm case…

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

 

In a 41 mm case…

 

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne
Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

 

 

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6 Comments

  • I’d be glad to see some photos about the Superocean Chrono Steelfish Blackeye-Blue dial. One and only photo was made by Roger Ruegger, nothing else is available right now 🙁 Alex, could you make some photos about it?
    Thx!
    Robert

  • Nice Navitimers. I have always thought that they say Brietling, they are so distinctive to me. Just like the “cuff catchers” on the old style bezel. THey are a very distinctive feature. Not too enthralled with the update of those.

  • Thanks Alexander for this insight – but I have to say I’m not very impressed with Breitling’s 2014 lineup…it’s all much of the same.

  • Cool watch. A natural progression for the Navitimer. Keep the updates coming Alexander!!

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