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Breitling Says Go Big or Go Home

The Chronomat sports watch gets a beefy makeover.
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In its own words, Breitling’s new release is “a watch you’ll get noticed in, without having to worry about it.”

The Super Chronomat is a whopping 44mm version of an already imposing sports chronograph it reintroduced into its collection last year. That watch, the Chronomat, was itself an update of a model from the mid-Eighties, developed in collaboration with Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force’s aerobatics team. Launched at a time when skinny digital watches were all the rage, Breitling’s unapologetically weighty sports chronograph was a significant outlier. A mixture of pilot’s and diver’s styles, it was distinctive for its “rider tabs”, the visual markers at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock that protected the watch, as well as its steel “bullet” (or “Rouleaux”) bracelet.

Breitling Super Chronomat

Photo by BREITLING.

Now comes the grand royal version.

The Super Chronomat is being released in three standard models; all feature a new steel bezel with a ceramic insert, plus the option of a rubber strap that mimics the look of the earlier "bullet" bracelet (still available as an option). Two feature a blue or black dial/bezel combination. The third has a brown dial/bezel and a case in 18k red gold.

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Super Chronomat with UTC dial

Photo by DANIEL BÃœHLER.

There is also a quirky black dial version, with a second clock face embedded into the bracelet. This shows Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) – the primary time standard used to regulate clocks all over the world – a feature of some versions of the Chronomat and other Breitling watches in the Eighties.

The jewel in the collection, though, is the Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar model. This comes with day, date, month, and moon phase indicators on the sub-dials, and needs only to be adjusted once every leap year – or every 1,461 days. That one comes in two versions, black with 18k red gold or blue with 18k red gold.

The Chronomat was already more than just another aviation-inspired tool watch – its £6K starting price put it in the category of a serious luxury purchase. The Super Chronomat doubles down on that notion – not least in the all-guns-blazing 18k red gold versions.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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