Breitling’s new Super Chronomat collection makes last year’s Chronomats look like timid children. Bigger and bolder is what Breitling have decided to be on this new collection.
This collection has decided to mix sports watch functionality and robust design. Robust is a good way to describe the look of these watches as Breitling, in this instance, have embraced the chunky designs they had in the 2000s. Recently, Breitling have slicked back their designs and embraced their heritage. That’s been great and it’s been popular, but there are other markets. Perhaps people want a big and chunky yet highly capable sports watch.
Here, Breitling are splitting the difference by providing a watch that mixes what they’ve done with their current Chronomat series and a heavy-duty sports watch. For example, each model is fitted with a 44mm version of the regular Chronomat’s 42mm case. But that isn’t the only thing.
The crown guards are pronounced and squared off. There are heavily grooved teeth in the ridging of the crown rather than the fine coin edging of the other Chronomats. The semi-conical pushers are replaced with durable screw down pushers. All of this adds to a more aggressive aesthetic than the modern chronographs Breitling have been producing and you would think that all of this would make it thicker but, no. The Super Chronomats are not much thicker than their counterparts measuring at 14.45mm.
The real star of the show that will have everyone talking is the ref. AB0136251B1A2. The highlight of this piece is the module that can be found on the bracelet. It’s a standalone watch powered by an ultra-thin quartz movement that can be used to keep track of a second time zone. It looks slick and adds to the already over-the-top aggressive nature of the watch. I think it might be my favourite of the bunch just for how audacious it is.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern said that the Super Chronomat is the most complex watch, in terms of manufacturing, that the brand has ever produced. I can believe that. He also said that,
“This is a watch you’ll get noticed in without having to worry about it. This watch is tough enough for every pursuit, but it won’t get in the way of your sense of style.”
I like that. You’ll definitely get noticed when you’ve got this chunker on your wrist. I’m not sure if I’d like to test its limitations though as these Super Chronomats start at $AUD 11,990 with the 18k rose gold version at $AUD 33,990. But I do believe that they can withstand some abuse, I just don’t have the kind of money to find out.
I suppose I should mention the movements too. They come with Breitling’s Calibre 01 that’s self-winding with a power reserve of about 70 hours.
These are interesting watches that may be just a bit too much for some people but just the right amount for others. They’re a worthy addition to the Breitling line. Check out the Breitling collection.