As the preparation for the most significant event in the watch making industry heats up, most major watch making brands are announcing their new models that will be unveiled at Basel world 2012. One of them is a high end timepiece company Breitling that has announced a new smaller version of its Chronomat GMT model. Unlike the older available Breitling Chronomat GMT replica wristwatch that has the diameter of 47 mm, the new latest version called Chronomat GMT 44 is 3 mm narrower. The smaller diameter is supposed to increase the appeal and to provoke interest among more watch aficionados. In addition to smaller size, the new incarnation of the watch is made with the inclusion of the third time zone.
Breitling Chronomat GMT 44 Watch Still, there are no major changes to the basic functions of the Chronomat GMT. Just like its predecessor that appeared at the start of the last year, it will run on Breitling's in-house designed and constructed B04 caliber. It is the second proprietary movement that followed its initial own-made mechanism B01 that was launched two years before. Unlike most firms that decide to make simpler three hand models at the commencement of their venture with proprietary movements, Breitling decided to have a more ambitious start and made a 1/4th of a second column-wheel chronograph. The following B04 caliber, the second caliber by the brand, is based on the fist in-house mechanism. However, as a logical step forward, it was equipped with an additional GMT complication.
A HIGH-PERFORMANCE CHRONOGRAPH The fact that the Chronomat GMT is such an exceptional instrument is also because it combines this extremely practical dual time zone system with a chronograph and not just any chronograph. The brand-new Breitling Caliber 04 developed for this model is indeed derived from Breitling Caliber 01, the sturdiest, most reliable and most high-performance of all self-winding chronograph movements, entirely designed and produced within the company workshops. It features the same original architecture and the same cutting-edge characteristics, including a column wheel, a vertical coupling clutch guaranteeing high-precision activation, and an over 70-hour power reserve along with various innovative special characteristics such as the patented reentering device for the zero-resetting hammers.
Designed to provide maximum operational functionality and security, Caliber 04 is manufactured using a high-tech production-chain system revolutionizing traditional movement assembly processes. Breitling thereby guarantees the authentic reliability of its "instruments for professionals" on a large scale. As is the case for all the brand's movements, this high-performance "engine" is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest token of precision.
A POWERFUL STYLE The new Chronomat GMT is based on the powerful, unique and quintessential design of Breitling's leading model, with its imposing steel case featuring ultra-sturdy construction and water-resistant to 500 meters (1,650 ft), as well as its unidirectional rotating bezel engraved with exclusive numerals. However, its dial available in six colors with tone-on-tone or contrasting totalizes has been redesigned to give it a personality all its own. The applied hour-markers are fitted with highly original bases, inspired by Roman numerals.
It sports the same layout for its dial and its arrow-shaped second time zone hours hand is still red-tipped and open-worked. Well, judging by the photos, the lugs now seem a little bit more massive, and the rotating bezel is now satin-finished, giving the watch more rugged, professional look.
The choice of dial colors is still limited to their traditional Onyx Black, Metallica Blue, Blackeye Blue, Blackeye Gray, Sierra Silver, and Metallica Brown.
Well, that pretty much sums it up.