A Look Back at Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - frontThe iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014. The watches have quickly become popular timepieces and are now widely available.

The original Breitling Chronomat — conceived as an aviation chronograph watch for the Italian  Frecce Tricolori aerobatics team — was designed with the needs of professional pilots in mind. The sturdiness of the case, the ergonomic shapes of the lugs, crown and chrono push-pieces, and the readability of the dial all contributed to making the Breitling Chronomat the flagship of Breitling’s collection. It was also the first of the Breitling watch families to contain the brand’s in-house Caliber in 2009. For the model’s 30th anniversary, Breitling has launched a special series of the Breitling Chronomat that recalls the look of the original Frecce Tricolori Chronomat. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is available in two case sizes (41 mm and 44 mm in diameter) and two dial colors (Onyx black and Sierra silver).

Breitling Chronomat  41 Airborne - Onyx black dialBreitling Chronomat 41 Airborne - Sierra silver dial

The Breitling Chronomat watches are distinguished by their satin-brushed rotating bezels, equipped with four raised rider tabs that make it easier to rotate even while wearing gloves and enable the wearer to count off flight times. Other new features include the rubber-inlay indices on the bezel and the cream-colored, luminous indices on the dial. The stainless steel case has a polished finish. The models with Onyx black dials have silver-toned subdial counters and the ones with silver dials have black subdial counters. The caseback is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (“Special 30th Anniversary Edition”) and the silhouette of an Aermacchi, one of the 10 planes flown by the Italian flight squadron. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is fitted with a sturdy, military-style fabric strap, secured by a folding clasp. It contains Breitling’s manufacture chronograph Caliber BR01, which boasts automatic winding and a COSC chronometer certification. The Airborne models will launch in the U.S. in June, Breitling says, and the prices will range from $8,030 to $9,060.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - front
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - angle
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - caseback