Breitling Chronomat B01

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Breitling Chronomat B01

For the first time in 126 years Breitling created their very own chronograph movement.  The Chronomat B01 will be the first watch to use it.  To have an in-house chronograph movement is to be among only a few luxury watch companies with such capabilities.  Even companies like Rolex have used other watch manufactures for their chronograph movements.  For years the Daytona was made with a Zenith movement.  Because a chronograph is so complicated it is common for companies to turn to cheaper, mass produced chronographs for their watches.  Breitling has finally decided to create their own, thus introducing the Caliber B01 automatic chronograph movement.

The Chronomat B01, like most Breitlings, combines impeccable design with improved functionality.  Things like the rotating bezel add beautiful craftsmanship along with real life uses.  As you can see from the picture above, if you look hard enough you will notice a square on the dial.  This just adds to the already noticeable expertise that went into designing this watch.  Even the sub dials are separated into sections for easier reading.

With a 43.5 mm case the Breitling Chronomat B01 makes a statement.  It is not too big or too flashy but it will draw attention.  This watch is a perfect size for a generation who is obsessed with large watches.  Also added to the watch is a shock-absorbing escape wheel.  This ensures accuracy in case of turbulence or physical blows.

According to the April 2010 edition of Watch Time magazine, the Breitling Chronomat B01 beat out the new IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph 89 – 86 with all areas of watchmaking being considered.  Scoring basically identical scores in each category the difference came down to overall value.  The Breitling on rubber retails for $6,800 while the IWC is selling for $13,500 with a crocodile strap.

Only time will tell if switching to an in-house chronograph movement will pay off for Breitling.  But what we do know is Breitling has made drastic efforts to compete with the likes of luxury watch companies such as Rolex and Patek Philippe.  Making their own chronograph will add to a long list of credibility backed by over 125 years of experience.  The Chronomat B01 combines flawless design with remarkable accuracy to create one handsome watch.

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