Having re-launched the Chronomat collection this time last year (with 34, 36, and 42mm models), Breitling is now following up with the actual full-fat option, the new Super Chronomat in a whopping 44mm case. That new size spans several new versions, including one with the UTC module bracelet, a version in 18k red gold, and a pair of references using Breitling’s uncommon Four year Calendar. The physical outward exhibition of “large and in-charge”, the new Beritling watch Super Chronomat is classic Breitling along with a knowing nod to the brand’s long-standing dominance in the world of super-sized pilot’s chronographs.
For Breitling watches, tool watches are a core competency. And I think they are at their best when the brand isn’t afraid to be itself, with bold displays, bright colors, polished surfaces, baroque crown teeth, rider tabs, ana-digi layouts, and distinctive high-quality bracelets. The results don’t always fit my arm, but the brand has an incredible history within sport timepieces and the return of the Chronomat speaks not to their postmodern legacy, but to something modern-day. Born inside 1984, the original Breitling Extremely Chronomat must have been a 39mm honor to the era’s fascination with fast-flying jet aircraft. Based on a design created in 1983 for the Italian language Jet Team Frecce Tricolori, the Chronomat spoke to the era of Top Gun (1986) and when the Blue Angels started flying the particular McDonnel Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (also 1986).
As a boy born in this era (also 1986), the peak of my social calendar was attending air shows - and some of the earliest memories of cool watches were imprinted for the reason of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Funky Citizens, stoic Seikos, plenty of Rolex, as well as, of course , big brash Breitlings.
New for 2021, typically the Super Chronomat takes that original ’80s design and also lights often the afterburner. Versions available include the Super Chronomat B01 forty-four in black or blue (you can pick rubber, steel, or metal with the super rad UTC module), the exact B01 chrono in 18k red gold with a brown dial along with bezel (again, your choice of band or rubber), and the Very Chronomat forty four Four-Year Calendar in either black or blue/two-tone (same option of rubber or steel).
The pure chronographs (which have B01 in their name) are 44mm wide, 14. 45mm thick, have display case backs, 200 feets of water proofing, and house Breitling’s B01 automatic COSC-certified chronograph movement with a line wheel and also a vertical clutch system. The bezels use ceramic inserts (the first time on a Chronomat) and the rider tab at three and nine are swappable, allowing the very bezel as you see fit for elapsed time or even count down (this is a feature common to the original Chronomat).
As for the Breitling wathes Super Chronomat Four-Year Work schedule, sizing remains at 44mm but thickness is up the hair to 14. 55mm. Water-resistance is down to 100 meters, and this calendar-packed Chronomat uses Breitling’s Caliber twenty movement. Based on an ETA 2892-A2, the main Caliber 19 has been noticed in several past models from Breitling and it uses a element to offer not really a chronograph but also a work schedule movement which accounts for everything except leap year.
As with most complicated calendars (especially those packed into sport watches), there’s a lot going on in terms of dial design, and most of the sub-dials are running double duty to keep track of both a 12-hour chronograph measure and day, date, month, and moon phase. It’s an uncommon calendar execution, but I get the appeal, offering most of a perpetual calendar without all of the cost. To be clear, the Caliber nineteen (which is sometimes identified by Breitling as the 1461) is not an annual appointments (which requires adjustment… annually). Rather, since the name suggests, the 4 year Calendar would only need to be adjusted with regard to Feb 29th.
Functionality aside, while I know that the 44mm sizing will be too big regarding my tastes (I will forever be more of a 40mm Aerospace kind of guy) the actual Super Chronomat looks good, but more importantly, it looks like a proper big Omega.