Breitling has added an important date in their long 125 years of watchmaking. The Chonomat B01 is the ultimate chronograph launched by Breitling on May 28th motored by the powerful B01 movement. This selfwinding chronograph movement entirely developed and crafted in the brand’s workshops is the company’s first 100% in-house mechanical chronograph movement.
The Chronomat B01 majestically heralds Breitling’s grand entrance into the selective circle of genuine watch movement manufacturers. Designed to guarantee maximum precision, reliability and functionality, it represents the culmination of the long-running quest for performance characteristic of Breitling “instruments for professionals”.
The case features a new elongated profile that smoothly molds to the wrist while the unidirectional rotating bezel, an essential companion in measuring flight or drive times is adorned with exclusive engraved numerals, over-sized hands and hour-markers accentuated by a luminescent coating to ensure excellent readability. Available in sixteen different dial colors with either stick or Roman numeral versions, the dials display their information with great depth and clarity in clever play on colors, materials and texturing effects that enhance their visibility. The supple, ultra-sporty bracelets are equipped with mobile lugs guaranteeing optimal fit and comfort. The sophisticated design of the crown guards as well as the protective pushpiece rings serve as an impregnable defense against impacts and the hazards of daily use.
Chronometer-certified like all Breitling movements, Calber B01 has successfully undergone the fifteen days of merciless testing performed by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – a supreme token of reliability and precision. Only 5% of watches produced in Switzerland can lay claim to this distinction. This quality of production includes over one thousand tests performed throughout the production process and on the finished watch.
The Caliber B01 embodies the entire philosophy of the Breitling chronograph. Equipped with a column-wheel device, a hallmark of the finest mechanical chronograph movements, it is distinguished by a vertical coupling clutch ensuring perfectly “clean” start ups with no jump of the hand when activating or re-setting the chronograph function. Its over 70 hour power reserve guarantees a steady regularity of rate, and the instant date-change calendar can be adjusted at any time with no risk of damaging the movement.
The Chonomat B01 is a available in four versions: all-steel, steel with a bezel bearing four solid gold quarter-hour markers; steel with a gold bezel, and all-gold. The precious metal comes exclusively in the warm, modern glow of 18K rose gold.
The crown, pushpieces and screwed-in backs, as well as the highly sophisticated gasket systems, guarantee the Chronomat B01 exceptional water resistance to a depth of 1, 650 feet. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is glareproofed on both sides to eliminate any undesirable glinting, whatever the lighting conditions and the angle of vision.
Endowed with an original and innovative architecture, the Chronomat B01 and Caliber B01 embody all the wealth of experience gained by Breitling in its chronograph stronghold since 1884 when Leon Breitling opened his workshop dedicated to the pursuit of developing highly functional and accurate chronographs and timers.
Breitling has played an undeniable role in the development of the mechanical chronograph movement ever since and in 1915, Gaston Breitling, the founder’s son had the ingenious idea of creating a pushpiece to handle the three chronograph functions (start, stop and reset) that would be separate from the crown. This marked the birth of the first independent pushpiece. In 1923, he perfected this system by separating the start/stop functions controlled by a pushpiece at 2 o’clock from the “reset” function of the crown. In 1934, the founder’s grandson, Willy Breitling set the finishing tough by creating the second independent pushpiece reserved exclusively for resetting. In 1969, Breitling launched the first selfwinding chronograph movement, the “Chrono-Matic” . This was a major development securing Breitling’s place as a pioneer in the world of mechanical chronographs.
Breitling has a long history in the world of aviation where accuracy and precision are critical elements. Breitling is celebrating 125 years of expertise and passion dedicated to mastering time in a quest for excellence and performance expressed through chronographs and technical watches for discerning enthusiasts. For more information, please visit www.Breitling.com