With a supercharged new design, the Breitling Super Chronomat is the watchmaker’s boldest interpretation to date.
We all like fine watches; there’s just something about a beautifully crafted chronograph to get the blood pumping and the metaphorical creative juices flowing. However, there’s wearing said watch to a nice night out, and then there’s wearing one when adventure’s in the air and when it’s not a passion for horology that’s got your heart rate racing.
That’s where the Breitling Super Chronomat, the newest addition to the Breitling Chronomat collection, comes in. When Breitling introduced its Chronomat in 1984, it signified the comeback of mechanical Swiss timepieces after quartz watches had dominated the market throughout the 1970s. The impressive new mechanical watch proved to be a winner – challenging its skinny quartz rivals with its bold proportions and becoming an icon of its era.
The Chronomat also helped Breitling celebrate its centenary in style, marking the return of the mechanical chronograph on which the brand had built its global reputation. This technical legacy, combined with particularly stylish design codes, made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch of its time. Today, it’s doing it again for everyday superheroes in pursuit of the next great adventure.
With a bold new design inspired by the Frecce Tricolori model created in 1983 for the French Air Force’s acrobatic team, the new Super Chronomat is a timepiece that rolls with the punches.
An all-purpose sports watch that still has the looks to add a touch of flare in the boardroom, the new timepiece comes in a total of six renditions: the Super Chronomat B01 44 comes in two versions encased in stainless steel with blue or black dial-and-bezel combinations and a third with a rich brown dial-and-bezel combination with a case in 18k red gold. All are water-resistant to 200m and feature contrasting silver chronograph counters powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which provides about 70 hours of power reserve.
For those wanting something extra special, there’s a black dial version (above) with a UTC-module (a quirky feature dating back to the 1980s) embedded in a Rouleaux bracelet created with state-of-the-art injection moulding techniques that results in three distinct textures – matte, slick, and woven-looking.
There are also two versions of the Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar, which, as the name suggests, has a semi-perpetual calendar mechanism that needs adjusting just once every leap year – or every 1,461 days. Choose from a black dial with tone-on-tone chronograph counters, a stainless-steel bezel with a black ceramic bezel insert, and 18k red gold elements, or blue dial featuring tone-on-tone chronograph counters and a bezel in 18k red gold with a blue ceramic insert. These versions are water-resistant up to 100 meters and are powered by the Breitling Caliber 19, a COSC-certified chronograph movement with a semi-perpetual calendar with day, date, month, and moon phase indicators.
All models features rider tabs that protect the sapphire crystal from life’s little adventures – even better, the ones at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock are interchangeable, so the wearer can use them for countdowns as well as countups.
With a case measuring 44 millimeters, key new features of the Super Chronomat include a stainless-steel bezel with a ceramic insert – a first for the collection – plus the choice of the Rouleaux-inspired rubber strap or Breitling’s iconic metal one, complete with butterfly clasp.
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