Thursday, August 18, 2016

Breitling Chronoliner Blacksteel

The Breitling Chronoliner is now available in a new version teaming its high-tech ceramic bezel with a black steel case, along with a matching dial and rubber strap.

After the steel model and the red gold limited series, Breitling now introduces this triple timezone chronograph, inspired by a watch from the 1950s-1960s, in an all black new livery accentuating its original and timeless style. The steel case is coated with a high-resistance carbon-based treatment. Its satin-brushed surfaces create a subtle contrast with the shiny, ultra-hard and scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. The dark touch continues on the dial featuring tone-on-tone counters, as well as on the original rubber strap picking up the design of the steel mesh Aero Classic bracelets.
The white and silver indications stand out clearly against the black background, in keeping with the finest traditions of aviator watches, while this optimal legibility is reinforced by the luminescent-coated oversized hands and hour-markers. The case is water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft) and its back bears a depiction of the stylized planes that were a long time Breitling signature.
To set off on a long haul flight around the world, the Chronoliner combines the two functions most useful to pilots and globetrotters: a chronograph to measure flight times and a triple time-zone display to juggle with the time around the world.
The second time-zone in 24-hour mode (useful for distinguishing between day and night) is indicated by a red-tipped central hand, while the bidirectional rotating bezel with its star-shaped cut-out that facilitates handling, serves to read off a third time-zone, also in 24-hour mode. All these functions are precisely and reliably powered by a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).

Available now, the watch is priced at £6,600 on a black steel bracelet and £6,300 for the rubber strap.

Technical details
Movement
Breitling Caliber 24, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels

Functions
1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers
2nd time-zone in 24-hour mode on the dial
3rd time-zone on the bezel
Calendar

Case, dial and strap
Black steel with ceramic bezel
Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft)
Bidirectional rotating bezel
Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides
Diameter: 46 mm
Dial: Black
Strap: Rubber Aero Classic

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