By TLex Breitling celebrates the 30th anniversary of its flagship chronograph model, the Chronomat with a special series reviving the design and the spirit of the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph.
While the Chronomat has evolved aesthetically over the past three decades through a sequence of subtle adjustments –it has managed to retain its immediately recognizable character and style.
Breitling has continually improved its performances in terms of sturdiness, functionality, precision and reliability. In 2009, the Chronomat was the first model in Breitling's family to house their new Manufacture Breitling calibers.
And as the leading model in Breitling's collection, it has established itself as an authentic and timeless sports wristwatch – combining the brand's rich aviation heritage with luxuriousness and ruggedness owed to Breitling's exceptional build quality.
The new Chronomat Airborne is distinguished by its satin-brushed rotating bezel that is equipped with four raised rider tabs serving to count off flight or dive times, and whether or not you are wearing thick pilots or divers gloves.
Its sturdy steel case is with a polished finish; it is available in two sizes: 41 and 44mm sizes. Its dial comes in two versions: black with silver-toned counters, and silver-toned with black counters. The markers are with orange vintage-style lume.
The caseback is engraved with a special inscription 'Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire' (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) as well as the outline of an Aermacchi, one of the ten planes flown by the Italian flight squadron.
In keeping with its aeronautical pedigree, the Chronomat Airborne is fitted with an ultra-sturdy strap in black military-type fabric, secured by a folding clasp.
Its is powered by a Breitling Caliber 01 automatic high-performance movement, C.O.S.C-certified (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) chronometer.
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