You could not fail to have noticed men’s watches getting smaller this year, and a number of brands labeling 36mm to 39mm models as gender-neutral.
Breitling’s designers appear to have missed that memo, and have beefed up a fresh range of masculine Chronomats to 44mm and even added more timekeeping real estate to an optional steel bracelet that has a small two-handed dial showing a second time zone.
Breitling has called the 44mm models Super Chronomats, and they are not shy on the wrist.
“This is a watch you’ll get noticed in without having to worry about it,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern.
For the first time, Breitling has framed the Chronomat dial with a steel and ceramic bezel for two steel versions of the watch and an 18ct gold piece.
In steel, there is a choice of blue or black dial and bezel colourways.
The 18ct red gold model has a brown ceramic bezel.
They all have contrasting silver chronograph counters powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which provides about 70 hours of power reserve.
There are metal bracelets or rubber straps for the collection. The most striking is a steel Rouleaux bracelet showing a second time zone; a feature Breitling started offering as far back as the 1980s but retired in more recent years.
While most models in the collection use the Caliber 01 movement, Breitling has also included a piece using its Caliber 19, which adds a four year calendar date to the dial that only needs adjusting once every four years when February 29 comes round.
The Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar also comes in its own range of colours, materials and straps.