There are Pilot watches, and then there are Breitlings. The name has become synonymous with attitude and adventure. No other brand has perhaps been able to capture the true essence of quests and explorations, as Breitling has. It is only fitting then that, connoisseurs and critics were pleasantly taken aback with the launch of two stunners from the Grenchen based luxury Swiss brand- the new Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 models.
The biggest visual difference between the earlier Chronomat models and the new B01 Chronograph 44 is the use of brushed stainless steel, instead of the standard polish found in the other models. A slight change has resulted in altering the personality of the timepiece to a degree that is inconceivable. The subtle interpretation of colour enhances the masculine charm of a timepiece that is geared to conquer all challenges and adventures that can be thrown at it. Under Breitling’s new design language, all B01-equipped models will have contrasting sub-dials and the new Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 is offered in two colour variations, a blue/black that Breitling calls ‘Blackeye blue’ and a grey/black that is called ‘Blackeye grey’. Both versions come on a steel Pilot bracelet with a matching brushed finish, a blend that further establishes the casual and adventurous look and feel.
The beating heart of the new Chronomat is the already established and hugely successful Breitling’s in-house B01 Caliber automatic movement, which operates at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour and offers a 70-hour power reserve. Although the B01 Caliber is not new to the Chronomat collection, this COSC-certified manufacture movement is a huge attraction in Breitling’s chronographs. As a companion for adventure, the Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 is water resistant to a very impressive 500 meters. Low-level visibility is enhanced with a generous dosage of luminous materials on the dials and numerals. The unidirectional rotating bezel does not include numerals, but instead the characteristic rider tabs in addition to one luminous dot at 12 o’clock. Of course, protecting the dial is super tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, while the case-back is solid.
If you are in the market for a timepiece that has a lot of personality, heritage and is a Pilot watch in the true sense of the term, rest assured that the new Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 is an excellent choice.