The Chronomat was first introduced in 1984 – the year of Breitling’s centenary – a period when thin quartz watches were all the rage.
The timepiece was based on the Frecce Tricolori chronograph, which was developed and launched in collaboration with the Italian aerobatic squadron.
The Breitling Chronomat Bentley’s features recall the classic namesake from the 1980s. It has a 42mm stainless steel case with a green dial and black contrasting chronograph counters.
The chronograph itself has three functions: 1/4th second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers.
Breitling’s signature rotating bezel features rider tabs at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions that are interchangeable. These tabs help protect the sapphire crystal and let the wearer use them for “count up” or “count down” functions.
The bracelet is a stainless steel Rouleaux with a butterfly clasp and a “Bentley” engraving round the transparent sapphire caseback.
The Breitling Chronomat Bentley is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01, an in-house mechanical movement with 47 jewels and 28,000 v.p.h. (vibrations per hour). When fully wound, Calibre 01 provides a power reserve of about 70 hours.
Like all Breitling watches, the Chronomats are COSC-certified chronometers, an independent confirmation of their precision. All of the models are water-resistant to 200 metres.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The timepiece is available at all authorised Breitling retailers and is currently priced at $10,850.
Read about the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner timepiece here