The Italian-based brand has recently released a new version of its last year’s Altanus Elite Chrono Sport (ref. 7916B-01) quartz-powered chronograph.
Designed with the iconic Breitling Navitimer series of “aviator’s” chronographs in mind, the new Altanus Elite Chrono Sport comes equipped with a neat-looking slide rule on the bezel flange.
Operated via the notched rotating bezel, the slide rule lets you easily convert miles to kilometers and back.
Of course, the complication is here mostly for decorative purposes, since your mobile phone will probably do the calculation faster and with greater precision (and, let’s be honest, you can always do a rough conversion in your own mind without even using a calculator.) However, it fits the watch nicely and certainly makes it more entertaining to look at.
Although the Elite Chrono Sport features a standard tri-compax dial layout, it is equipped with a single 30-minute chronograph counter, which is placed between 9 and 11 o’clock. The sub-dial at 12 o’clock, which is usually reserved for a 12-hour chronograph totalizer, is replaced with a simple calendar display.
The display comes courtesy of the Swiss-made ISA caliber 8171-202 quartz movement.
Built on 3 jewels and featuring metal gold plating, the little engine offers a 0.2-second chronograph accuracy as well as split time functionality. Only 25.60 mm in diameter, the movement leaves just enough dial real estate for the slide rule to live in perfect harmony with the sub-dials. Surprisingly, it doesn’t look cluttered or too big: it is just of the right size for such a large watch.
What you should probably know about the mechanism is that it’s listed by the manufacturer as “Swiss Made/Far East Assembly” with the latter part probably being the most important here: when a company starts cutting costs on assembly, this certainly raises a whole bunch of red flags for yours truly.
Of course, the XXL-sized timekeeper may not be for everyone, so, if you will manage to find the Elite Sport online, do yourself a favor: print the photo of the watch in its exact size and try it on your wrist. When it comes to large timepieces, you can never be too sure.
As for the price, it is currently offered at $600, which seems to be a bit too expensive for a watch that is powered by an ISA caliber that is assembled somewhere in China: there are a lot of nice alternatives offering similar styling, but at least powered by true Swiss made calibers made by ETA or Ronda.
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Altanus Elite Chrono Sport (ref. 7916B-01) specification
Movement: Quartz, ISA Caliber 8171-202, 3 jewels, 25.60 mm in diameter, 3.70 mm in height, Swiss Made/Far East Assembly
Movement decoration: Metal gold plating
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, 30-minute chronograph
Power reserve: 57 months
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 46.00 mm
Case height: 10.00 mm
Dial: White, Black or Blue
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Satin-brushed stainless steel bracelet with shiny inner links and double safety clasp
Back: Solid, screw-down