The original Breitling Chronomat B01 chronograph watch, the one that was equipped with Breitling’s new, totally in-house B01 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, was first revealed in September, 2009. Recently, the Swiss watchmaker has revealed a limited edition variety of the model. While being powered by the same self-winding caliber and sporting the same massive-looking body, the limited edition timekeeper offers you a more interesting combination of colors, as well as a revised case back cover. See more details after the jump.
It looks like creating a special edition of the watch was not an easy task to accomplish.
While most major watchmaking brands usually offer their timepieces in a pretty limited choice of dials, straps and color combinations, the new Breitling Chronomat B01 is one of those rare breeds that you can configure to just about any taste.
Breitling even set up its own online configurator that allows prospective customers to build their dream watch choosing one of six cases (including stainless steel, gold and even a diamond-stud steel-gold mixt,) sixteen dials with different types of chapter rings and chronograph totalizers, and thirteen straps and bracelets (including a black rubber one,) which makes for a grand total of 1248 probable versions of the watch.
However, you can still distinguish the limited edition model from the mottled puzzle of “ready-made” Chronomats.
First of all, the B01 Limited Edition is the only model that offers a combination of the Onyx black dial and Onyx black chronograph totalizers with red hands.
Secondly, the watches come with their own unique numbers engraved at the side of the polished 43.5 mm case at 9 o’clock.
Also, the new watch is the only Chronomat that comes with a transparent display caseback that offers an excellent view at its B01 manufacture movement.
The introduction of a display back, however, resulted in a significantly reduced water resistance rating.
While the base model is good for whole 500 meters of depth, the limited edition version is rated for 200 and 100 meters for stainless steel and rose gold versions respectively. Well, for all things practical, the 20 ATM is adequate enough even for a tool watch, and nobody in his sound mind will take a gold watch for a diving adventure.
The Swiss watch brand plans to limit the model’s production to 2000 and 200 units for the stainless steel and rose gold versions respectively with the steel version priced at just above $8000 USD and the one in gold bearing a lot heftier price tag of whole $39,000. If you are not a hip-hop star, the stainless steel version looks like the top choice for you.
Breitling Chronomat B01 Limited Edition automatic chronograph watch specification:
Price range: $8150 (Stainless steel) / $39,000 (Rose gold)
Movement: Breitling B01, automatic, 28,800 vph, 47 jewels, COSC-certified chronometer, in-house, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, chronograph
Power reserve: 70 hours
Case material: Stainless steel or Rose gold
Bezel material: Stainless steel or Rose gold
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.50 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Black Onyx
Hands: Steel or Rose gold
Water resistance: 200 meters for the Stainless steel or 100 meters for the Rose gold version
Strap: “Pilot” bracelet in Stainless steel or Rose gold
Case back: Sapphire