Live Pics: Breitling Releases a New Set of Travel-Ready Chronomats
Officially debuting last week, Breitling’s Chronomat line gets a refresh incorporating new size options, complications for the traveler, and ethically sourced style. Luckily, Watchonista had a sneak-peak photo session with the models at Geneva Watch Days.
Since its rebirth two years ago, the entire Chronomat line has been a best seller for Breitling. With its universally appealing sportiness, the line has been available in brawnier 44mm chronograph versions down to svelter 32mm three-hand versions.
But more Goldilocks-leaning watch fan looking for sizing and functions that are “just right” are the people for which the new Breitling Chronomat GMT 40 and Super Chronomat Automatic 38 were made.
Let’s take a look!
The Breitling Super Chronomat 38 Origins
Let’s start off with a taste of the brand-new Chronomat on the rocks. The just-debuted Breitling Super Chronomat 38 Origins represents a company-first (and high-bar setting), with its bejeweled approach that introduces a new level of material quality. Moreover, as Breitling’s first traceable watch line, all the new Super Chronomat 38 models use responsibly sourced artisanal gold, lab-grown diamonds, and supply-chain traceability.
But this commitment to making luxury more sustainable comes with no little amount of effort. A provenance record of the owner’s blockchain-backed NFT details the verified measures taken for each gorgeous timepiece.
On a Mission
“Breitling is on a mission to create beautiful products and experiences with better materials and better manufacturing,” said Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. “Our roadmap begins here with the proof-of-concept Super Chronomat Origins.”
To wit, gold for the new timepiece is sourced from a single mine, Columbia’s Touchstone Mine, which meets the Swiss Better Gold Association’s criteria for improving workplace conditions and living and environmental conditions for smaller gold-mining communities.
The lab-grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds and subject to the same rigorous quality testing, except sourcing lab-grown diamonds won’t disturb the natural environment. The company has pledged to bring these practices to all its gold- and diamond-enhanced timepieces by 2025.
Better Looks Better
The Super Chronomat 38 Origins’ case is wrought in traceable 18K red gold and sports a unidirectional, ratcheted red gold bezel adorned with 32 lab-grown diamonds and white ceramic rider tags at 0, 15, 30, and 45.
Powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Calibre 17 automatic movement, featuring a 38-hour power reserve and an elegant date aperture at 6 o’clock, the Super Chronomat 38 Origins comes on a unique white rouleaux-inspired rubber strap or beige alligator strap. All-in-all, this timepiece, which retails for $19,500, delivers a strong dose of sustainable peace-of-mind and undeniable luxury.
A Best-Seller Story
Instead of adding the chronograph feature that many observers expected, Breitling opted for larger Chronomats with a travel-friendly dual-time zone complication. Besides, the new Chronomat Automatic GMT 40 timepieces present a sleeker, more simplified look that takes nothing away from its rugged stainless-steel good looks.
Available in striking colored dial executions from black to white, with steely blue, deep green, and metallic anthracite in-between, all the new GMT 40s share the Breitling COSC-certified Calibre 32 movement, an eye-catching red-arrowed GMT hand, steel bezel, intriguing steel rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp, and a list price of $5,600.
Bold and Beautiful
At 38mm, the new Super Chronomat Automatic 38 watches are a good size for any wrist, but they especially appeal to wrists that seek a touch of dramatic adornment. Typified by the special Super Chronomat Automatic 38 Origins timepiece detailed above, the other Super 38s are all powered by the COSC-certified Calibre 17. However, unlike the Origins piece, this model comes in two color variations.
First, there is the icy blue dial execution that comes on a steel rouleaux ($10,150), blue alligator strap ($9,750), or rouleaux-inspired rubber strap ($9,450). And second is a frosty green dial option that offers up an 18K red gold bezel and bi-color details on the rouleaux steel bracelet ($13,600), a color-matched alligator strap ($11,800), or the rouleaux-inspired rubber strap ($11,500).
Finally, both these colorways also include the same sustainable lab-grown diamonds and artisanal gold as the Origins version.
You can find out more about the new Breitling Chronomats on the brand’s website.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)