The new Breitling Chronomat B01 42 easily ranks among the more important watch releases of the year. Amidst a global pandemic and canceled events, for example Breitling Replica Roadshow presentations, we had been looking forward to seeing the very new Chronomat face-to-face. This moment, at last, has come along with a fast comparison with the brash Chronomat 44!
To get a rundown on the whys and hows behind this — honestly, timely — upgrade to some Breitling staple, browse our introduction news post here. Now, let’s focus on our first in-the-metal impressions.
First Time On Your Wrist — Could It Really 42mm?
First, the newest Breitling Chronomat B01 42 feels way larger, than I had anticipated, judging by the 42mm designation in its very name and also from Breitling’s press release pictures. The 2020 Breitling Exospace B55 Connected is beautifully proportionate across every surface and detail, which is a property that can trick even the trained eye of seen-it-all watch lovers into anticipating something more streamlined.
We may say that in full confidence: The Chronomat 42 wears considerably bigger than most other watches out there which promise to be 42mm-wide. We’d urge you to test it and see how it fits before making up your mind on it. Those enthusiastic about Breitling’s big, bold, and unapologetic layout DNA — something that has been watered down considerably by Georges Kern and the new management that took over the brand but a few decades back — will probably rejoice in how the Chronomat hasn’t been turned into a petite vintage-retro chronograph. More on that comparison soon.