Breitling has released a pair of new timepieces in its Chronoliner and Chronomat 44 collections, each limited to 100 pieces and available exclusively in Breitling houtiques worldwide. Here’s what you need to know about two aviation-inspired timepieces that take the “wild blue yonder” seriously: the Breitling Chonoliner Bo4 Boutique Edition and Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition.
The Breitling Chronoliner B04 is the latest iteration of Breitling’s “flight captain’s watch,” and a follow-up to the Blacksteel version introduced last year. This watch’s all-blue livery houses, for the first time in the Chronoliner collection, Breitling’s in-house, COSC chronometer-certified Caliber B04, which powers the watch’s array of pilot-friendly functions, including a 1/4-second chronograph for measuring flight times and a triple timezone display to keep track of the times in various time zones whilst in flight. (Previous models have been equipped with the ETA Valjoux 7750-based Breitling 24 caliber.) The second time zone is indicated by a red-tipped hand on a 24-hour scale around the blue dial, while a third time zone, also in 24-hour mode, can be read on the notched, bidirectional rotating bezel, also in blue, with silver counters. The chronograph counters are at 3 and 6 o’clock, small seconds are at 9 o’clock, and the date is at 4:30. The watch’s 46-mm steel case is water-resistant to 100 meters, features on its back a rendering of a vintage pin-up with a “Special Delivery” inscription, and is mounted on a specialized, case-matching blue rubber strap that evokes the mesh design of Breitling’s steel Aero Classic bracelet. The price is $9,150.
The other boutique edition hails from Breitling’s Chronomat series, the Swiss brand’s leading collection. The timepiece has a 44-mm steel case that is water-resistant to a dive-watch-worthy 500 meters and is powered by another in-house, COSC-certified movement, Breitling Caliber B01, with an integrated chronograph function and a 70-hour power reserve. Its signature features are the striking blue dial, made of Vietnamese mother-of-pearl, and — like the Chronoliner — its engraved caseback with the image of the “Special Delivery” pinup girl and the number of the edition, from 1 to 100. The crown and the chronograph push-pieces are both screw-locked for secure usage; the tricompax dial layout has chronograph subdials at 3 and 6 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, and a date window at 4:30. Here again, a blue strap, this one of leather, echoes the dial’s azure hue and completes the package. The Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition retails for $9,090.