Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36: Singapore Price And Review

Breitling harnesses girl power.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36

It’s called the Chronomat Automatic 36 but it might as well be christened ‘Chronomat Ladies’. Because that’s exactly what it is—a Chronomat for the fairer sex. Hot on the heels of the new Chronomat collection, launched just in April this year, Breitling has turned its attention to women once again with this very agreeable collection, fronted by an equally electric 'Spotlight Squad', comprising thespians Charlize Theron and Yao Chen, and ballerina Misty Copeland. But more on that later.

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To be clear, there are actually two new sizes launched for the ladies—32mm and 36mm. For the purposes of this review, we’re looking at the 36mm version, which runs on the COSC-certified self-winding Breitling Calibre 10 with a power reserve of 42 hours. The 32mm version is powered by the SuperQuartz Calibre 77 with battery life of up to four years.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36

While sports luxe was a category very much pioneered for men in the 1970s, the Chronomat Automatic 36 now offers women that same proposition, in a variety of executions as well. And with coloured dials being very much a thing this year, the new range is totally on point (or en pointe, if you’re Misty Copeland). Available in white, blue, copper, or mint green, the dials are kept simple and straightforward with baton indexes and a date display at six o’clock.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36

For added diversity, there are also bi-colour options and diamonds around the bezel, if bling is your thing. But as it is with the men's variants, the star of the show really is the iconic Rouleaux bracelet, reinterpreted with a sleeker aesthetic. A butterfly clasp allows for seamless integration and gives you that perfect fluid wrist roll for social media. Like the cases, the bracelets come in steel and bi-colour options, as well as a full 18K red gold version.

Having tried it on, the 36mm case sits very nicely on the wrist. It’s neither too dainty for a sports watch, nor too large to wear to a formal dinner. The Rouleaux bracelet also feels really comfortable on the wrist and, thanks to the ‘roller’ links, offers a nice slinky fit.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36

Spearheading this new collection are the three squad members we mentioned earlier. Charlize is, of course, already a member of the Cinema Squad, and now Breitling has rounded up the new Spotlight Squad with inclusive additions Misty Copeland and Yao Chen. Together with Charlize, all the ladies are highly involved in causes ranging from the fight against HIV/AIDS, to helping youth in post-conflict countries and raising awareness of the plight of refugees around the world.

Breitling Spotlight Squad

If ever there was a collection that screamed ‘girl power’, this would be it. CEO Georges Kern explains the inspiration for this collection as the Breitling woman herself: “A woman of purpose, action, and style who’s at the top of her game.” Inspiring words, indeed, for a truly inspired collection.

Case

36mm stainless steel

 Dial

White, blue, green, copper

 Movement

Self-winding Breitling Calibre 10

 Bracelet 

 Rouleaux

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

 Power Reserve

42 hours

 Price

From S$6,690

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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".


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