Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

Breitling, which recently made watch industry news for their sale to CVC Capital Partners for a cool $873 million US, seems to be carrying on with business as usual, producing limited editions of core offerings for their devoted fans. The brand has also garnered attention in the last year for their collaboration with Tudor (as we discussed when looking at the Breitling Superocean Heritage II watches) in producing several new manufacture chronograph calibers such as the Breitling B01 (which Tudor calls the MT5813). Now, nodding toward their long-standing history with aviation, Breitling has released the Breitling Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition and the Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition. These are limited-edition blue versions of popular Breitling models produced in small quantities of 100 each and available only in Breitling boutiques.

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

Breitling’s new Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition differs from the standard model most prominently in its blue color theme with a blue "Vietnamese mother-of-pearl" dial and an individually numbered “Special Delivery Pinup Girl” engraving on the case back. For those unfamiliar with the model, the Breitling Chronomat 44 is a 44mm stainless-steel, aviation-oriented watch capable of 500m of water resistance and equipped with Breitling and Tudor's co-designed B01 caliber, a COSC-certified 47-jewel automatic movement manufactured by Breitling with 70 hours of power reserve that oscillates at 28,800bph (4Hz).

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

Second in their limited series of boutique-only offerings is the Breitling Chronoliner B04, a special version of their Chronoliner which differs from the off-the-shelf version in its inclusion of the Breitling-manufactured B04 movement, blue color scheme, and similarly individually numbered “Special Delivery Pinup Girl” engraving on the case back. The 47 jewel, self-winding, 70-hour-power-reserve, in-house-manufactured B04 movement is worthy of special mention for its capability of tracking both a second and third timezone by way of an additional red-tipped hand and a blue ceramic 24-hour bezel which has also been given the blue treatment.

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

Breitling Chronoliner B04 & Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition Watches Watch Releases

These limited-edition watches represent Breitling's dedication to adding more variety to its core offerings with manufacture movements and are consistent with their established aviation connection. With these limited-edition versions, Breitling's faithful fans are reminded that, despite having recently changed hands, the Breitling we've come to know is still going strong and continuing to move forward. The relatively high price of the two limited pieces, $9,090 for the Breitling Chronomat 44 and $9,150 for the Breitling Chronoliner B04 as shown, may also speak to the future direction of the brand as they include more manufacture movements in their releases. The Breitling Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition and the Chronoliner B04 Boutique Edition will both be available only at Breitling boutiques. breitling.com

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  • Roy Andersen

    ” … with a blue “Vietnamese mother-of-pearl” dial and an individually numbered “Special Delivery Pinup Girl” engraving on the case back … ”

    I dont like to see a bomb ready to be used, with the fun “Special Delivery” text engraved.
    I like Breitling watches, but this I do not like.

    Wonder if Breitling has Boutiques in Vietnam

    • Sheez Gagoo

      One in Hanoi.

      • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        The shop in Saigon also sells well. (As in does good bidness)

        This pretentious faux pc outrage on this thread is hilarious.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          I don’t know how they sell, I don’t care. I didn’t know that there’s a boutique in Hanoi before I googled it.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Best Breitling I’ve seen recently but the bomb on the back (“special delivery”) is a no-go.

    • Yan Fin

      It looks like Air Force fuselage art. I wonder if it means something specific. If yes, probably this 100 pieces edition already has interested customers veterans. Otherwise – agreed, no- go.

    • Mikita

      Agreed. I wonder why don’t they depict the results of the bomb drop on the watch? I mean the pieces of bodies, the leaking intestines, the torn heads. Don’t want to sound like a demagogue, and I actually like military watches as a segment, but that is too much. Everything that is connected to human tragedy, shouldn’t be presented as fun on the watch.

  • Berndt Norten

    Take a lack of political correctness from the Swiss/Euroweenies and an attempt to tap into Yankee chauvinism and military exceptionalism and this is the abomination you get. Distasteful and low class. It will sell well.

    • Saul Sloota

      The very existence of the popular B-Uhr style of watch is due to Hitler and his Luftwaffe. The ‘TAG’ in TAG Heuer is a holding company established by a Saudi arms dealer. Sorry, this caseback doesn’t even compare in my mind. My outrageometer reading is low on this one.

      • Berndt Norten

        I was just exercising my fingers on the keyboard?

      • DanW94

        You know what gets my outrageometer flying off the charts? When they put 4 ounces of potato chips in a goddamn 12 ounce bag! Where the hell are my chips! I don’t need all that f**king air! Thanks, I feel better now…..

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Kellogs does that. Huge package, big bag inside and a tiny amount of…kellogs.

        • Lincolnshire Poacher

          In my best sententious voice.
          “They put the air in the bags to protect the product during transport”.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            That’s what the box is for.

        • Mr. Snrub

          Because the chips naturally settle to the bottom during transport and handling. It’s not practical for them to shake a bag of chips for hours at the factory and then refill it.

          The crumb problem is bad enough as it is.

    • egznyc

      Not sure about Yankee chauvinism but there is definitely a bit of the old-fashioned, traditional view of women as ornaments on display. Granted, I enjoy some attractive pinups of young nubile creatures too, but I recall seeing such a pinup with her legs wrapped tightly around a bomb in one dealership I visited (not in the U.S., though it wouldn’t surprise me to see that in my native land, either). It looked straight out of the 1940s. I am not so politically correct as to take offense but your comment reminded me of this.

      The watches themselves are a little too much going on for me, and rather expensive for that matter.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      1. No, it won`t
      2. Nothing from the Swiss sells well for the moment
      3. World changed, industry didn`t

      • Mikita

        Regarding the #2 – I see many people telling here or there that “JCB’s watches are selling well”. Personally, I’ve seen very few Hublots in the streets of any city I visit. Maybe there was any rise in the sales of TAG Hubloers or Zeniblots?..
        P.S. And what about Rolex/Omega? These were the selling powerhouse of Swiss..

        • Sheez Gagoo

          I forgot the Biver exception. I`ve seen some Hublots and lots of connected Heuers.

  • Marius

    According to this article: “…the Breitling Chronomat 44 is a 44mm stainless-steel, aviation-oriented watch capable of 500m of water resistance and equipped with Breitling and Tudor’s co-designed B01 caliber.”

    Wrong! The Breitling B01 was NOT co-designed by Breitling and Tudor. The B01 caliber has been developed, designed and is being manufactured by one brand, and one brand only — Breitling. Tudor has absolutely nothing to do with the B01 movement. Tudor was neither involved in the development, nor in the manufacturing of this caliber. The only connection that Tudor has with the B01 movement is that certain Tudor models (I don’t remember exactly which, as I’m not interested in sub-€7,000 pedestrian watches) use this caliber (a slightly less well-finished version, that is).

    • Mikita

      Absolutely right. I wonder why such mistake appeared in the article..

      • SuperStrapper

        Not defending the mistake, but the MT5813 that Tudor uses is not just a drop-in b01 that they renamed. I think the regulating components and system are all Tudor, including some silicon. The Tudor version also has a 45 minute counter.

        So, I think it could be argued that the MT5813 was co-designed by Breitling and Tudor. Not the b01.

        • TechUser2011

          But this article is not discussing the MT5813; it’s discussing the B01. The article specifically says: “… the Breitling Chronomat 44 is a 44mm stainless-steel, aviation-oriented watch capable of 500m of water resistance and equipped with Breitling and Tudor’s co-designed B01 caliber”.

          Most likely the writer of this article is a summer intern who doesn’t know much about the watch industry.

          • SuperStrapper

            Thanks for that. Now I know. Knowing is half the battle.

        • Marius

          “So, I think it could be argued that the MT5813 was co-designed by Breitling and Tudor.”

          1. What does the MT5813 has to do with this article? The article talks about the B01, not about the MT5813, and clearly states that the B01 was “co-designed by Breitling and Tudor.

          2. Breitling designed the B01 caliber long before their partnership with Tudor, and this movement was meant to be used strictly by Breitling. As a result, Breitling and Tudor didn’t “co-design” anything.

          3. The MT5813 is basically a B01 caliber with an inferior level of decoration, and fitted with a Tudor free-sprung balance wheel and a silicon balance spring. Rolex did the same when the Daytona used the El Primero movement — although the El Primero ran at 5Hz, Rolex tuned it down to 4Hz, and increased the power reserve. Yet, Rolex didn’t argue that the El Primero was co-designed be Zenith and Rolex.

          • SuperStrapper

            You mad bro?

            What does the MT5813 have to do with this article? Its a Tudor movement. But this is a brietling article. The article mentions Tudor. Everyone agrees that was incorrect to do so. I introduced the fact that the MT5813 is essentially a brietling ebauche that Tudor employs and adjusts to their needs, developed by brietling: so that rather than the erroneous comment that the b01 was co-developed by these brands, it is actually the MT5813 that was co-developed, considering it doesn’t exist without the b01. I didn’t bring Tudor into the conversation, this article did.

            For someone that continually drags off topic shit into the commentary, it’s pretty cute that you attempt to call someone else out for doing it, even though you’re completely incorrect in your accusation.

            Actually, let me do this in your preferred format:

            1. Firstly, you love dicks.
            2. Secondly, your cocklust is unwavering.
            3. Thirdly, you literally cannot stop sucking dicks.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Now now Strapper, that was a bit uncalled for. You’r better than that.

          • SuperStrapper

            I most certainly am not.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Oh , ok then.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Told you.

          • Shinytoys

            hahahahahaha….

          • Mark1884

            C’mon SuperStrapon…….. We don’t need to go there.

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Word Merchant

            I love those ‘British beach in brief heatwave’ photos.

          • Word Merchant

            Tudor are definitely falling in my estimation – they were on the hallowed Word Merchant Can Do Little Wrong At The Price list. They will soon not be…

            The was it/wasn’t it co-designed movement question, the odd and dull Italy-only special edition, the underwhelming and clumsy new Chrono that I’ve tried so hard to love but can’t, and finally signing up David ‘Spiteful Bimbo’ Beckham so soon after his petulant rants about OBEs and charity work, all show a company where the idiots are getting their way. A bit sad.

        • Mikita

          Yes, but the article is about Breitling and it’s B01 movement which was developed before any relation to Tudor. I was just surprised to read that “it wasco-designed”.

      • Marius

        Why such mistakes happen is quite simple and straightforward.

        You see, until very recently, Benjamin Lowry (the author of this article) was washing cars in Nice. In fact, just two weeks ago I was driving from my hometown Monte Carlo towards the airport in Nice to pick up some friends. Suddenly, I realized that my Aston Martin DBS was dirty, and I immediately stopped at a car wash. Sure enough, Benjamin Lowry was there, and please keep in mind that he wasn’t the manager of the car wash. No sir, he was the apprentice of the apprentice. I’m somewhat surprised to see him write about watches, although the salary paid by ABTW is probably inferior to his remuneration from the car wash, so you can’t expect a Walt Odets-level of knowledge.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          How many friends can you get in a DBS? I have claustrophobic attacks just looking in the back of it.

    • Simon_Hell

      Tudor paid ABTW to have that misinformation inserted.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      You are, AS ALWAYS, 100% correct and another failed ABTW writer has been proven completely wrong and a disaster as a watch writer. Why aren’t you in charge of this blog at this point? Everybody with a brain recognizes that you know more than Adams and his staff does about watches. You are why people show up here. This situation is a complete joke. Is it any wonder this blog is falling like a meteor from its past ratings and is no longer, by any measure whatsoever “the most popular watch blog”? It’s not even in that league any more thanks to Adams’ navel gazing and meddling with the posts of the main attraction to this blog: the commenters.

  • SuperStrapper

    That Chronoliner is tasty. (Had one for lunch).

    Both contain stellar movements.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    A wee bit of sick came up when i saw this. This is the most tasteless piece of s–t i have seen in a long time from the over crowded vietnamese mother-of-pearl dial to the completely tasteless bomb carrying pin up girl. Un………………believable. Someone needs slapped for this.

    • Chaz

      Are you kidding? MISOGYNY is Breitling’s entire MARKETING CAMPAIGN nowadays.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Have you seen the new Andersen Genève erotic watches?

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Seemes like the Swiss want to please some Trump voters. Bill Clinton has his **** sucked on an Andersen, Breitling want to catch some Kentucky clientèle and Panerai hopes to sell to Purdey loving hunters.

  • Saul Sloota

    Like Megyn Kelly with a nuke…

  • DanW94

    Love that Chronoliner. Would definitely wear it. Prefer this B04 movement sub-dial layout to the normal Chronoliner iterations which have the 7754 6-9-12 sub-dial layout.

  • Simon_Hell

    The Chronomat is beautifull, a classic Breitling, however even though it doesnt look that way in these fake photos, the thing is more polished, reflective and shiny than a Jamaican pimp’s front teeth. If the steel was mate and brushed, I’d buy it today.

    Oh wait…what the fuck is that thing on the back plate. You’re kidding me right?

  • Joel Schumann

    What kind of cultural relevance do we want to see from watch brands, again? A homage to an US led homicide? Why not an WTC engraving showing some dude on his way down, having jumped from a window, and a “Happy days in New York” tag line?

    I have been to Cambodia and Laos a few times (not Vietnam). For your information, there are still children stepping on the odd mine there.

    I like to give Breitling the benefit of doubt – I like to think they send the proceeds to one of the organizations for instance… I don’t understand it doesn’t even register on the mind of the “reviewer” who rambles on about jewels and power reserve. Business as usual.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      You’r avatar is perfect for this nightmare of a watch.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        It isn`t a nightmare of a watch. Just the back kils it.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          The front is awful as well. The whole thing is just a waste of mass.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            No, it’s a beauty.

    • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      Apparently this time piece will not be chosen for your “safe-space.’

  • Jesus, people….it’s just a watch. I think the B04 is fantastic-looking.

    • Chaz

      I agree. But not 44mm fantastic.

      • They do wear much smaller than their size would suggest.

        • homieliu

          Agreed, especially the navitimer and chronoliner. And FTR, I really don’t like it when someone says the size is too big without trying it on, just based on the data.

      • Shinytoys

        44’s a walk in the park…try it on for size.

    • SuperStrapper

      Agreed. Tudor really came through on their end of the movement’s development.

  • Kuroji

    Not sure why, but I kind of love this Chronomat. Must be the alligator strap.

  • Mark1884

    I think the Chronoliner looks fantastic.
    Has no one heard of “nose art” from military aircraft??
    “Special Delivery” was painted on a B-25 Mitchel bomber in WW2. Breitling has a long history with military aircraft, and “nose art” has been part of Breitlings advertising. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7944cbeb25b4619d26dc98a48ab9e6e244fbca6475c4d7402d8798958473323a.jpg

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    To shiny, and too macho for my tastes. I’m English and I had all my confidence beaten out of me in the school dormitory.
    I like tool watches, I’m just not keen on Blingy tool watches.

    • Mikita

      Yeah, I fully understand you. In Belarus people talk quiter than in any other country of the world and wear clothes of white/black/brown/grey palette. People’d consider you’re calling them out if you wear such watch. Some will run away, others will start a fight with you. Ladies may think you are gay. That’s why most people I know wear all-black Tissots.

  • Saul Sloota

    Would it be hypocritical to ask you cocksucking fucksticks to watch your language?

    • Did your first post have a hint of Bad Santa 2 or was that just my idea?

  • Now I understand, and greatly appreciate, why Hodinkee moderates it’s comments sections so vigorously. I wish ABW did as well. The level of discourse in this thread is childish and offensive.

    • Saul Sloota

      I apologize. I actually agree with you (not about Hodinkee so much), I was just trying to make a point. I’ll clean it up.

    • first catalysts

      Is it because ABtW consistently reads as a series of advertorials — necessitating a need for the trenchant discourse posted below?

      All about respect, maybe.

  • I was a bit surprised at myself for immediately liking the Chronoliner, not because it’s a Breitling, but because it’s a Breitling produced within the past 5 years that I didn’t immediately think looked like a cartoon.

    And after reading some of the comments that claim “offense” because it features a piece of WWII nose art, I like it twice as much. I suppose I’m just not that big a fan of the Axis Powers.

    • Mr. Snrub

      Why be a fan of either?

      The only country that fought with honor was Finland.

      • Mark1884

        Sorry, I do not agree with that.

        • Mr. Snrub

          I can respect that.

          • Mark1884

            Well……… maybe you just don’t know enough about American history or the heritage of Breitling.

  • Mark1884

    I am surprised by some of the comments here.
    Breitling is NOT making a political statement with this watch.
    Breitling is NOT endorsing the bombing of anyone.
    Breitling is NOT trying to please any specific group of voters.

    Are we really that politically correct, that something like this offends so many??

    Folks, this is just a watch. The art on the case back was NOT designed by Breitling. The art is just that…… military vintage art, thats all. No hidden message here.

    This type of art work can be seen in Breitlings advertising for many years.
    I want to buy this watch just for the art work!!
    End of transmission.

  • BNABOD

    For fuck sake some people really need to back off the social justice / war is bad Kool Aid.
    This is a watch, see it tells time , the old fashion way and the watch has a vintage appeal to it . Pinup art is part of history so suck it up. we and many others have dropped bombed in various places from planes. Don’t buy the watch if it offends you so much but for most of the folks commenting on this that are in Europe guess what these planes and their ever so distasteful art is what saved your ass.

    • Shinytoys

      you do have a point, we didn’t win those conflicts with harsh language and a feather…

  • Shinytoys

    Tudor and Breitling together = and uber cool watch! I like it, a lot !!

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I like the idea of having a watch that has a mass destruction bomber pin-up picture homage on the back. It makes me feel powerful.

  • Pete L

    I am a sucker for blue dials and love the Chronoliner particularly.
    I know they are sharing technologies now (BO1 now in the Tudor BB Chrono etc) but I was under the impression that Breitling designed this BO1 movement in-house? It has been in the range for many years now since well before any mention of the Tudor partnership so don’t think it can be called a joint design. Actually not sure they could call it an in-house calibre if that were the case!