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The Breitling Chronomat Collection at Banks Lyon

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Banks Lyon is an official stockist for Breitling, a Swiss brand launched in 1884 in Saint-Imier. Since then, the watchmaker has been creating watches that are innovative, precise and durable – and which are chronometer-certified, adding to their accuracy and popularity.

Breitling watches are known for their connection to aviation and the military, which means they’re also practical and technologically advanced.

Many of the brand’s pieces are sporty and functional as well, and the Chronomat collection is a stunning example of this. Dependable and stylish, Breitling Chronomat watches are the perfect choice for many “men and women of purpose, action and style”.

A Brief History of Breitling

The brand is one of the last Swiss watchmakers to remain independent and most movements used are developed and manufactured in-house.

Since 1884, Breitling has consistently delivered some of the world’s best wrist chronographs. The company passed from Léon Breitling to his son, Gaston, in 1914, and, in 1915, he released one of the world’s first wrist chronographs with a separate push-piece above the crown.

In the 40s, Breitling added a circular slide rule to the bezel of models that were used by aircraft pilots, which later became the Navitimer watch – this has been one of Breitling’s most famous and sought-after collections.

In the following decades, Breitling continued to manufacture high-performance, technical watches. In 2017, the company became a part of CVC Capital Partners and Georges Kern became CEO.

The Breitling Chronomat Collection

To commemorate the company’s centenary, Breitling launched the Chronomat collection in 1984. The name is a portmanteau of ‘chronograph’ and ‘automatic’ and refers to the self-winding mechanical movement of the watches in the line.

The watches were easily recognisable by their bezel riders and their automatic chronograph calibre. The design of the collection was inspired by a timepiece Breitling developed the year before for Frecce Tricolori, an Italian flying squadron.

Technical and fashionable, the Breitling Chronomat range was the choice of watch not only for pilots but also for people who wanted a reliable companion for land and sea adventures. The model’s tachymeter propelled the watch into further popularity because it attracted the attention of Formula 1 teams who sought a high degree of precision, style and functionality in one piece.

According to Georges Kern, “The 1984 Chronomat occupies a very important place in our modern history. It was the watch that boldly proclaimed Breitling was staying absolutely true to its roots. When much of the industry focused their efforts and energies on quartz watches, the Chronomat reminded the world that Breitling had essentially invented the modern mechanical chronograph.

“The message resonated and the brand prospered. The Chronomat Collection is a fitting tribute to the amazing watch that, more than any other, put us back in touch with our heritage.”

The Chronomat is comfortable to wear, robust and equipped with functions like a diver’s bezel and a chronograph, as expected of the brand. But many features and details tell the Chronomat apart from watches in other Breitling collections. For example:

  • Their sport-chic aesthetic
  • A modern-retro look
  • A signature rotating bezel
  • Two rider tabs at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock
  • A Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp
  • A water resistance that varies from 100 to 500 metres

The collection also comes in many different sizes, colours, dial options and price. You can get a model with stainless steel, another with a black dial and silver counters, another with gold and diamonds, and so on. We’re confident you’ll find the right piece for you in this collection, as its variety appeals to a range of tastes and preferences.

The Chronomat line is suitable for anyone who wants an impressive, yet subtle, watch and who wishes to take the piece everywhere they go, be it the ocean, the hiking trails or even the office.

Breitling Chronomat Red Arrows Limited Edition

We stock many Chronomat watches at our stores, so don’t hesitate to speak to us for more information on these amazing watches. In the meantime, why not consider the Breitling Chronomat Red Arrows Limited Edition watch?

A gorgeous watch that showcases the partnership between Breitling and the RAF Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s Aerobatic Team. The model honours every Red Arrows display pilot who has flown and served in the team and, to further celebrate the special relationship the brand has with the team, the watch also comes with a special commission Ettinger leather watch roll.

A bold, durable and well-rounded model on a 42mm stainless-steel case and blue dial, featuring the iconic 9 red arrows in the 12 o’clock position. The stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp and the sapphire crystal further add to the robustness of the piece.

The watch is powered by the in-house (and COSC-certified) Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 and is water-resistant up to 200 metres.

This sophisticated model can be purchased from Banks Lyon for £6,900 or from £103.50 per month at 0% finance, so order today if you’re interested, as it’s only limited to 160 pieces.

The sturdy, precise and high-performance Chronomat collection is a favourite among watch enthusiasts and it’s easy to see why with the many features it offers. For more information on any of the models we stock, contact us on 07395 875 175 (WhatsApp) and we’ll be happy to help.