In March, Breitling made waves in the watch world when they unveiled the sophisticated and understated red gold model of their Chronoliner. Limited to 250 pieces, the $30,000 timepiece was touted by the watchmakers as embodying the ‘vintage spirit’ of the flight captains who originally wore the model.
Now, just five months later, Breitling have stripped the gold detailing from the model and taken their classic Chronoliner to a darker place – literally. The Breitling Blacksteel is the latest iteration of this iconic timepiece and it is a no-nonsense, monochromatic paragon of cool.
Featuring all-new black livery, the steel case of the triple timezone chronograph is coated in a high-resistance carbon-based treatment. With satin-brushed surfaces to contrast the shiny, ultra-hard and scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, Breitling have added depth to what could have been a flat and dark watch.
White and silver indications stand out clearly against the new black background – ensuring a legibility that is essential in the watch of an aviator.
The back of the case features the stylised dual planes that were longtime the Breitling signature, and the rubber Aero Classic strap echoes the design of traditional steel mesh aviator bracelets.
Mechanically, the £6,300 Chronoliner Blacksteel combines two functions pilots and globetrotters find invaluable: A Chronograph to measure flight times, and a triple timezone display to keep you prompt and punctual wherever you may find yourself. Adding to its versatility, the timepiece is also water-resistant to 100 metres.