With its new Breitling Chronomat GMT automatic chronograph watch the Swiss watchmaker presents its new in-house movement, the Caliber B04.
Also being a chronograph movement, the Caliber B04 shares a great number of its components, such as column wheel, a vertical coupling clutch and a guaranteed power reserve of at least 70 hours, with the last year’s Caliber B01 movement.
However, according to Breitling, this is not just a makeover, since the new movement also employs a number of new solutions, some of them (like the re-centering device for the zero-resetting hammers) patent-pending.
As always, the movement is officially certified by the Swiss COSC organization as a chronometer, which means that the device not only adheres to the strictest standards of accuracy, but is also made using top-grade components.
The watch’s other major selling point is its GMT complication.
When the second time-zone is activated, the red open-worked arrow-shaped hour hand runs in a 24-hour mode and when the owner comes back to his home town, both the main and the secondary hour hands can be set to move in sync.
As usual, the watch will be delivered in a great number of versions with different color combinations of the dials/subdials and straps that will be available in Barenia and crocodile leather, Ocean Racer and Diver Pro rubber bands and the stainless steel Pilot bracelet.
No info on pricing yet, but it will surely be quite expensive.
See also: Breitling Chronomat 01 Diamondworks
Breitling Chronomat GMT automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Breitling 04, 47 jewels, 28,800 vph, COSC-certified chronometer, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight, Geneva stripes on bridges, polished screw heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT, 1/4-second chronograph, tachometer scale on flange
Power reserve: 70 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: 18.35 mm
Case height: 24 mm
Dial: Onyx black, Metallica, Blackeye blue, Blackeye grey, Sierra silver or Metallica brown
Numerals: 24-hour second time zone scale
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Barenia leather, crocodile, rubber Ocean Racer, rubber Diver Pro or steel Pilot
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides, convex
Case back: Solid