Breitling’s new Chronomat GMT lets you adjust instantly to the time and date on your arrival while maintaining a 24-hour home-time display without losing any precision in counting the minutes. Equipped with the new Breitling Caliber 04, entirely developed and produced within the company workshops, the Chronomat GMT is a special chronograph offering a smoothly functional dual timezone system. Find pricing, arrival dates and wallpaper inside.
To ensure user friendliness, Breitling’s watchmakers and engineers have developed a differential system – for which a patent has been filed – serving to disconnect the local hour hand from the gear train when changing timezone. This operation thus has no effect on the precision of the watch, nor on the performance of the chronograph.
The new Breitling Caliber 04 developed for this model is derived from Breitling Caliber 01, entirely designed and produced within the company workshops. It features the same original architecture including a column wheel, a vertical coupling clutch guaranteeing high-precision activation, and an innovative patented recentering device for the zero-resetting hammers. As is the case for all the brand’s movements, this movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
The sturdy case is water-resistant to 500 meters (1,650 ft) and offers a unidirectional rotating bezel. The dial is available in six colors with tone-on-tone or contrasting totalizers. The triangular openworked red-tipped hand points to home time on a 24-hour graduated scale partially covered by the inner bezel. The luminous home-time hands and hour-markers enhance readability day and night.
The new Chronomat GMT is equipped with two central hour hands. The first matches the minute hand and runs over a 12-hour scale, while the second is tipped with a red triangle and runs in 24-hour mode. When the user is in his home country, the two hour hands move in a perfectly synchronized manner.
To adjust the 12-hour hand to local time, the user simply pulls the crown out to position 2 and turns it in either direction by the number of notches corresponding to the number of hours composing the time difference. The date display is indexed to this 12-hour hand and changes automatically if required, both backwards or forwards. The red-tipped hand keeps track of home time on a 24-hour basis.
Entirely made in Switzerland, the Chronomat GMT may be teamed with a choice of various straps and bracelets offering a variety of styles and uses: the classic touch of Barenia or crocodile leather, the sporty spirit of rubber straps, and the sturdy steel Pilot bracelet.
The price on the Pilot bracelet is $9470. Look for the Chronomat GMT to begin arriving at retailers in May/June.
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Breitling Caliber 04, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding,
high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 47 jewels. Over 70-hour power reserve. 24-hour 2nd timezone display. 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar
Steel. Water-resistant to 500 m (1,650 ft/50 bars). Screw-locked crown and pushpieces. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides.
Diameter: 47 mm.
Onyx Black, Metallica Blue, Blackeye Blue, Blackeye Gray, Sierra Silver, Metallica Brown.
Barenia leather, crocodile leather, rubber Ocean Racer (perforated), rubber Diver Pro (with raised central ridge)/ Pilot.