It’s been just over two months since the Swiss brand presented a limited edition of its Chronomat 41 chronograph, and now the company with the winged B in its logo presented a new version of its 44 mm automatic chrono. Called Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 44 and limited to just 1000 pieces, the new watch bears the emblem of the Italian Air Force aerobatic demonstration team.
As usual, the differences between the original Breitling Chronomat 44 and the limited edition version are minor and restricted to visual changes here and there.
As I have already mentioned, the watch comes with its dial decorated with the three arrows (in Italian, “frecce” stands for “arrows”) painted in colors of the Italian flag: the well-known emblem of P.A.N. Frecce Tricolori.
The matt-black dial of the piece is decorated with three silver-toned sub-dials with a small seconds indicator placed at 9 hours, and the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph totalizers sitting at 3 and 6 o’clock positions respectively. Like many “real” pilot’s watches of the past, the timekeeper features a beige-colored Superluminova that covers portions of its hour and minute hands, as well as the central chronograph hand and the hour markers. Of course, the watch is also available with sky-blue dial that is nicely matched by Arabic numerals of the same color printed on the rotating bezel of the piece. If you plan to wear this piece with your blue jeans, the color match will probably look almost too good to be true. It also plays quite nicely with the color of their gorgeous Navitimer Blue Sky 60th Anniversary automatic chronograph that was revealed last month (not that I expect you to wear both watches at once, but still).
The last thing that reminds us that the watch is dedicated to the Italian flyboys is, of course, the solid back cover of the case, which is not only engraved with the unique number of each timekeeper, but also depicts ten Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN aircraft that Frecce Tricolori flies.
The screwed case-back covers the same Caliber B01 automatic chronograph movement that powers the new generation of Chronomats. Designed and built in-house, each movement is thoroughly adjusted, finely decorated and sent for testing to COSC: the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute that makes sure that the calibers comply with the strictest standards of modern horology.
Still no info on pricing*.
UPDATE ON PRICE: We have just been informed that in the United States the chronograph will be offered with a sticker price of $9,400.
Photos: Breitling / Konflikty.pl (via Wikipedia)
Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 44 Limited Edition automatic watch specification
Price: $9,400 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber B01, in-house, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 47
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 70 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 19.95 mm
Lug/Strap width: 22.00/20.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous, beige
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Black rubber band with Breitling insignia
Crystal: Sapphire, cambered, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Solid, engraved with ten Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN jets flying in formation, screwed-in