Breitling Chronomat Jet Team American Tour
If Breitling is known for anything, it’s dedication to the world of aviation. The brand has pioneered a number of high performance pilots’ watches, of which the Chronomat is one of the best known and most popular. This piece dates its history back to 1942, and has since undergone a number of evolutions and upgrades—becoming the first watch produced entirely in-house by Breitling in 2009 with the introduction of the B01 calibre.
But Breitling’s passion for the skies doesn’t stop with watches. Sponsored by the brand since 2003, the Breitling Jet Team is exactly where to turn when it comes to daring display of breath-taking aerobatics. The team is the largest civilian aerial acrobatics squad in the world, made up of a selection of highly skilled, professional pilots and seven L-39C Albatros aircraft. Their death-defying repertoire includes formation flying, synchronised manoeuvres and opposition passes—and this year, the team has been putting on its final American tour.
To mark the occasion, Breitling has released two limited edition versions of their enduringly popular piece: the Chronomat 44 Breitling Jet Team American Tour Limited Edition and the Chronomat GMT Breitling Jet Team American Tour Limited Edition.
Numbered to 500 and 250 pieces, respectively, the watches feature the bright yellow highlights prominent on the aerobatics team’s aircraft and both are presented in the iconic blacksteel case, which measures 47mm on the wrist. The onyx-black dial is decorated by the eye-catching logo of the jet team just below 12 o’clock, while on the reverse side, the caseback exhibits the flying eagle logo of the team’s American tour.
The Chronomat 44 is powered by the automatic 01 calibre, while the Chronomat utilises the B04 movement, with a crown-adjustable second time zone. Both movements are certified by COSC.