Breitling Chronomat Collection

Introduced in 1984, the Chronomat holds a significant place in Breitling’s history as this collection marked the revival of 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.

While the Chronomat has long been established as the watch of choice for aviators, it also found a passionate following among people whose adventures took place not only in the air, but also on land and at sea – above and below the surface. In fact, its versatility added to its allure in the late 1980s and early 1990s as its tachymeter attracted the interest of Formula 1 teams, while its reversible rider tabs made it ideally suited to regattas.

In 2020, Breitling presents the redesigned Chronomat, an all-purpose modern sports watch inspired by the special features of the classic namesake from the 1980s. The eye-catching Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp perfectly expresses Breitling’s modern-retro style, as does the signature rotating bezel with rider tabs.

Chronomat B01 42 with a silver dial and black contrasting chronograph counters

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.’

Chronomat B01 42 with a blue dial and black contrasting chronograph counters

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.

Chronomat B01 42 with a black dial and silver contrasting chronograph counters

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.

Chronomat B01 42 with a copper colored dial and black contrasting chronograph counters

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).

The watches in the Chronomat Collection are available with a range of different metal and dial options.

One version of the Chronomat B01 42 has a 42-millimeter stainless-steel case with a choice of a silver, copper, or blue dial with black contrasting chronograph counters. It is also available with a black dial with silver contrasting chronograph counters. Each model is presented on a stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

The Chronomat Bentley celebrates Breitling’s partnership with the great British luxury car brand. It has a 42-millimeter stainless-steel case with a green dial and black contrasting chronograph counters.

Chronomat B01 42 Bentley with a green dial and black contrasting chronograph counters

This watch, presented on a stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp, features a “BENTLEY” engraving around the transparent sapphire caseback.

It was Breitling’s 1983 Frecce Tricolori watch that inspired the Chronomats introduced a year later to celebrate the brand’s centenary. The new Chronomat Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition has a blue dial featuring tone-on-tone subdials and the Frecce Tricolori logo on the dial, positioned where the Breitling logo is normally placed.

Chronomat B01 42 Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition with a blue dial and tone-on-tone chronograph counters

This stunning tribute to the great aerial squadron is limited to 250 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with the words “ONE OF 250.” Like the rest of the collection, it is presented on a stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

Chronomat enthusiasts looking for an extra touch of luxury will be drawn to the Chronomat B01 42 fitted with an 18 k red gold crown and pushers and a bezel with 18 k red gold rider tabs, numerals, and indexes.

Chronomat B01 42 with a silver dial, an 18 k red gold crown and pushers and a bezel with 18 k red gold rider tabs

This stunning model has a silver dial with silver tone-on-tone subdials and a 42 millimeter stainless-steel case, and is presented on a stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

Two-tone Chronomat B01 42 with a blue dial and tone-on-tone chronograph counters highlighted by an 18 k red gold bezel, crown and pushers

Another striking two-tone Chronomat features either an elegant blue dial with tone-on-tone chronograph counters or an anthracite dial with black contrasting chronograph counters. It is highlighted by an 18 k red gold ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel and an 18 k red gold crown and pushers. This model is presented on a riveting stainless-steel and 18 k red gold Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

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Finally, for someone who wants to take sporty luxury to a whole new level, there is also a Chronomat B01 42 with a striking 18 k red gold case presented on a black rubber strap with an 18 k red gold folding clasp. It has an anthracite dial with black contrasting chronograph counters.

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Technical details

Model: CHRONOMAT B01 42
Reference: AB0134101G1A1/AB0134101K1A1/AB0134101C1A1 or AB0134101B1A1

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Breitling Chronomat B01 42 with A Silver Dial and Black Contrasting Chronograph Counters (Ref-AB0134101G1A1)
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Breitling Chronomat B01 42 with a Blue Dial and Black Contrasting Chronograph Counters (Ref AB0134101C1A1)
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Breitling Chronomat B01 42 with a Black Dial and Silver Contrasting Chronograph Counters (Ref AB0134101B1A1)
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Breitling Chronomat B01 42 with a Copper Colored Dial and Black Contrasting Chronograph Counters (Ref AB0134101K1A1)

Movement
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, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
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

Dial
Silver, copper, or blue with black contrasting chronograph counters or black with silver contrasting chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

Strap
Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp

Model: Chronomat B01 42 Bentley, Reference: AB01343A1L1A1

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Movement
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, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
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

Dial
Green with black contrasting chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

Strap
Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp

Model: CHRONOMAT B01 42 FRECCE TRICOLORI LIMITED EDITION
Reference: AB01344A1C1A1

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Movement
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, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
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

Dial
Blue with tone-on-tone chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

Strap
Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp

Model: CHRONOMAT B01 42, Reference: IB0134101G1A1

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Movement
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, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
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: 18 k red gold, screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional ratcheted, with 18 k red gold rider tabs, numerals, and indexes

Dial
Silver with tone-on-tone chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

Strap
Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp

Model: CHRONOMAT B01 42, Reference: UB0134101C1U1 or UB0134101B1U1

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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, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
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: 18 k red gold, screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: 18 k red gold, unidirectional ratcheted, with rider tabs, numerals, and indexes

Dial
Blue with tone-on-tone chronograph counters or anthracite with black contrasting chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

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

Model: CHRONOMAT B01 42, Reference: RB0134101B1S1

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Movement
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, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Display: hour, minute, second, date window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: 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

Dial
Anthracite with black contrasting chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

Strap
Black Diver Pro II rubber strap with an 18 k red gold folding clasp