Breitling and Bentley have launched a stylish new collaborative Chronomat chronograph, in celebration of their ongoing brand partnership. The multi-purpose sports watch is one of six new Breitling Chronographs for 2020.
First introduced in 1984, the Breitling Chronomat has become iconic. A mechanical timepiece, introduced when quartz timepieces were at the height of their popularity.
The 1984 original was hailed as the ultimate sports-chic watch of its era, often cited as the watch that put Breitling back in touch with its heritage. 40 years on, this latest iteration continues to celebrate this legacy.
It boasts a 42-millimetre stainless steel case with a green dial and black contrasting chronograph counters. The stainless steel Rouleaux bracelet, complete with butterfly clasp, features a ‘Bentley’ engraving round the transparent sapphire caseback. The two brands are now 17 years into their partnership.
The 1984 Chronomat was hailed as the ultimate sports-chic watch of its era. Elements of the original remain in today’s design…
“Both Bentley and Breitling share illustrious heritages which have been the bedrock of future world-leading technological and design developments for our brands,” says Adrian Hallmark, Bentley chairman and CEO. “From the onboard technology which defines Bentleys as the ultimate luxury grand tourers, to the passenger environment that maximises comfort and unrivalled luxury, our new range of models all derive inspiration from our history while driving our vision forward into the future. The new Chronomat Bentley exemplifies this commitment to honouring our authentic values while creating a new and enduring icon for today’s modern customers.’’
Inspired by the Frecce Tricolori watch, developed and launched in 1983 in collaboration with the Italian aerial squadron of the same name, the Chronomat celebrated Breitling’s centenary and marked the return of the mechanical chronograph synonymous with the brand.
Along the way, it’s found plenty of new admirers, from aviators to adventurers.
Elements of the original remain in today’s design. The signature rotating bezel is highlighted by rider tabs, which both protect the crystal and 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.
Each timepiece in the 2020 collection is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, an in-house mechanical movement that delivers a power reserve of about 70 hours. Like all Breitling watches, the Chronomats are COSC- certified chronometers, and are water-resistant to 20 bar (200m).
The Chronomat BO1 42 Bentley retails for £6,650.