UNI­VER­SAL DE­SIGN

Bre­itling reimag­ines its pi­lot’s chrono­graph, the Chrono­mat, for air, land and sea

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Special Feature -

THE BRE­ITLING CHRONO­MAT comes with a long his­tory of in­no­va­tion and pro­fes­sional per­for­mance. In 1940, the com­pany earned the patent for the Chrono­mat, which is char­ac­terised by a patented ro­tat­ing slide rule for tech­ni­cians and sci­en­tists. The watch went on to take many forms in­clud­ing one of the world’s first au­to­matic chrono­graph watches in the 1960s and a quartz model in the 1970s.

Fol­low­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of Bre­itling Mon­tres SA in the early 1980s, the com­pany, un­der its new own­er­ship, cel­e­brated its 100th an­niver­sary in 1984 with a com­pletely re­designed Chrono­mat, which was char­ac­ter­ized by its bezel rid­ers and its au­to­matic chrono­graph cal­i­bre. The de­sign was based on a watch that the brand had de­vel­oped the pre­vi­ous year for the elite Ital­ian fly­ing squadron Frecce Tri­col­ori.

Since then, the watch has been pro­duced in even greater forms. The defin­ing mo­ment came in 2009, when Bre­itling cel­e­brated its 125th an­niver­sary by in­tro­duc­ing its new in-house au­to­matic chrono­graph Bre­itling Man­u­fac­ture Cal­i­bre 01, an in­no­va­tion that granted the brand mem­ber­ship in the elite cir­cle of top watch man­u­fac­tures. The Chrono­mat be­came the first Bre­itling watch to be equipped with the new in-house Bre­itling B01 move­ment.

While it has its roots in avi­a­tion, evo­lu­tion has shaped the Chrono­mat into an all-round de­sign, per­fect for all do­mains. To­day, Bre­itling has launched a stun­ning in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Chrono­mat, fea­tur­ing a satin-brushed case pre­sented on a stain­less-steel Pi­lot bracelet and equipped with the ex­tra­or­di­nary Bre­itling Man­u­fac­ture Cal­iber 01.

With a screwed stain­less-steel case­back

“CON­TIN­U­ING A PROUD TRA­DI­TION, THE CHRONO­MAT HAS FOUND A PAS­SION­ATE FOL­LOW­ING AMONG PEO­PLE WHOSE AD­VEN­TURES TAKE PLACE NOT ONLY IN THE AIR, BUT ALSO ON LAND AND AT SEA – ABOVE AND BE­LOW THE SUR­FACE”

and a ratch­eted uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­ing bezel, the Chrono­mat B01 Chrono­graph 44 is equal to any ad­ven­ture. Its new un­der­stated sat­in­brushed case lends this time­piece a sub­tle con­tem­po­rary flair that makes it the per­fect part­ner for a night on the town.

This ex­cep­tional chrono­graph has been cre­ated in two ver­sions, one with a Black­eye blue dial and the other with a Black­eye grey dial. The hands and the dis­tinc­tive hour mark­ers are coated with Su­per-Lu­miNova, mak­ing them easy to read in all light­ing con­di­tions.

Both ver­sions boast con­trast­ing small sec­ond, 30-minute, and 12-hour chrono­graph coun­ters, an in­di­ca­tion of the Bre­itling Man­u­fac­ture Cal­iber 01 move­ment in­side. The dial, which has a date win­dow ideally po­si­tioned be­tween 4 and 5 o’clock, is clearly leg­i­ble through a con­vex sap­phire crys­tal with anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing on both sides.

With its dual-act­ing ball-bear­ing ro­tor, the Bre­itling Man­u­fac­ture Cal­iber 01 has a power re­serve in ex­cess of 70 hours. You could take this watch off on Thurs­day night for a long week­end (not that you would want to) and it would still be ready for ac­tion and keep­ing per­fect time when the new week be­gins.

The Chrono­mat B01 Chrono­graph 44 is wa­ter­re­sis­tant to an as­tound­ing 500 me­ters. As with all Bre­itling wrist­watches, it is a COSC-cer­ti­fied chronome­ter. Con­tin­u­ing a proud tra­di­tion, the Chrono­mat has found a pas­sion­ate fol­low­ing among peo­ple whose ad­ven­tures take place not only in the air, but also on land and at sea ‒ above and be­low the sur­face. You will un­der­stand why the mo­ment you see this stun­ning time­piece on your wrist. AM

Bre­itling Chrono­mat, 1940s

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