Exclusive hands-on: BREITLING Chronomat B01 42 new Collection 2020

This is an exclusive hands-on video! We are happy to present you the new Breitling Chronomat B01 42 collection 2020.

For a general information about the Breitling watches 2020 please watch our video where I talk with Breitling CEO Georges Kern. You will like it!

When the Breitling Chronomat was launched in 1984, it marked a welcome return to mechanical Swiss watches, which had all but disappeared when quartz watches dominated the marketplace in the 1970s. Inspired by the Frecce Tricolori watch, which had been developed and launched in 1983 in collaboration with the famed Italian aerial squadron of the same name, the Chronomat celebrated Breitling’s centenary in style and marked the return of the mechanical chronograph on which the brand had built its global reputation to its rightfully prominent place. This technical legacy, combined with particularly stylish design codes, made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch of its era, an expression of aesthetics and confidence that made the chronograph “cool” again.

Breitling had used the name Chronomat for some of its 1940s watches, and, in those early days, the word was a portmanteau of “chronograph for mathematics”. The 1984 Chronomat expressed something different: “chronograph” and “automatic”, a name that called attention to the self-winding mechanical movement powering the watch.

The Chronomat Collection introduces a new generation to the watch that underscored Breitling’s bold decision to return to its rightful place as a producer of great mechanical chronographs. Every Chronomat has features that make it instantly recognizable:

– The signature rotating bezel is highlighted by rider tabs, which not only protect the crystal but make the manipulation of the bezel easier.
– The rider tabs at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, true to the original, are interchangeable, so the wearer can use them either for a “count up” or “count down” function.
– The highly recognizable stainless-steel integrated Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

Each chronograph in the new collection is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, an in-house mechanical movement that delivers an impressive power reserve of about 70 hours. It is worth noting that, when Breitling launched its in-house Manufacture Caliber 01 more than ten years ago, it was introduced in the Chronomat 01.

The hands of every Chronomat B01 42 are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that enhances legibility in all lighting conditions. All of the models except for the Chronomat Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition have a red chronograph second hand, which also contributes to easy readability.

Like all Breitling watches, the Chronomats are COSC-certified chronometers, an independent confirmation of their precision. All of the models are water-resistant to 20 bar (200 meters).

Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01
Diameter: 30 millimeters
Depth: 7.2 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 70 hours
Number of components: 346
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: column-wheel, vertical clutch, displaying ⅛ th of a second on the dial, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel/18 k red gold
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Height: 15.10 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 20 bar (200 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Caseback: screwed steel, sapphire glass
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional ratcheted, with rider tabs, numerals, and indexes
Bezel: unidirectional ratcheted, with 18 k red gold rider tabs, numerals, and indexes
Bezel: 18 k red gold, unidirectional ratcheted, with rider tabs, numerals, and indexes

DIAL/HANDS

Different colors with contrasting chronograph counters Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

BRACELET

Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp
Two-tone Rouleaux bracelet (stainless steel and 18 k red gold) with butterfly clasp

For more information please click here:
https://www.breitling.com/at-en/watches/chronomat/