Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44: Malaysia Price and Review

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Breitling reimagines the air, land, and sea with the new Chronomat.

Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44
The Chronomat is undoubtedly known as a Breitling classic. Unveiled by the Grenchen manufacture in 1984, the watch was made in collaboration with the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force known as Frecce Tricolori.

The chronograph was highly praised as it took into account all the wishes of the aviation team’s requests for a wristwatch that was not only equipped with a tachymetre and a scale accurate to one-hundredth of a second, but also rider tabs that improved the grip of the watch and protected the sapphire crystal. The crown and chronograph pushers are also designed to help pilots handle the watch with ease.

Despite its illustrious history, the collection has not been getting as much attention in recent years as the attention has very much been on the revamped Navitimer and Superocean lines. Which is why it came as a delightful surprise when Breitling unveiled two new Chronomats at Baselworld this year.
The first thing you’ll notice on the new Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 is the brushed finishing on its 44mm stainless steel case, a departure from its usually more bling-ed up design choices in the past.

Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44
Furthering the more subdued appeal, the Chronomat comes with dial choice of either ‘blackeye grey’ (above) or ‘blackeye blue’ (below). No unnecessary textures or messy design here but just a straight up clean and solid finishing.

Despite the 44mm case size, the black chronograph registers aren’t too huge and, along with the date window, complement the dial nicely without offering too much distraction. The watch also features the new “B” logo which, although raised some eyebrows among purists, looks pretty cool in all honesty.

Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44
A big draw for this Chronomat is the use of the manufacture’s B01 movement. Much attention was cast onto this exquisite calibre when Tudor announced its plan to use the same movement in its Heritage Black Bay chronographs. The Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 is a robust and accurate movement with a whopping 70 hours of power reserve.

Overall, both iterations stand as solid releases from Breitling. The move to take a non-blingy approach, in contrast with many of its designs in the past, was a good one. The reserved nature of the new Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 is a nice nod to its more tool-ish and rugged history. The watch has always been a large and masculine one but the brushed treatment makes it approachable without coming on too strong. A tough gentleman, we would say.

Case

44mm stainless steel

Dial

Blue or grey

Movement

COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01

Bracelet

Pilot stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph

Power Reserve

70 hours

Price

RM36,415

Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.



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