Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

Historically speaking, quartz innovations have long enjoyed a key role in Breitling's range of modern offerings – particularly as a cornerstone of the brand’s Professional line of aviation-themed watches. Now joining that collection is a brand first: the Chronospace EVO B60, fitted with Breitling’s very first in-house manufactured SuperQuartz chronograph movement – a flyback characterized with a 24-hour register, a center-minute counter, and a few neat features exclusive to the Grenchen manufactory.

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

Despite typically functioning as a more approachable price point for most Swiss brands, quartz movements have remained a realm of innovation for Breitling. Sometimes as a compelling, lower cost-of-entry alternative like the "Breitlight" Colt Skyracer, and sometimes not – like the more sophisticated Exospace B55 Connected, which marries a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement with a Bluetooth module to bring call, text, and calendar notifications to the LCD fields on the dial.

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

The new Breitling Chronospace EVO B60 sits somewhere between the aforementioned – chiefly as an ultra-accurate quartz chronograph with a few Breitling-exclusive features designed to best serve its core user base: professional pilots, and watch enthusiasts looking for a reliable tool watch that does a little more than its quartz competition.

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

On paper, the new Breitling B60 movement behaves similarly to the ETA-manufactured 251.292, which is essentially a flyback quartz chronograph – and we’ve seen this before, in the Breitling Chronospace EVO Night Mission introduced late last year. It’s a chronometer-certified, thermocompensated “SuperQuartz” movement, which is rated to +/- 10 seconds a year, compared to standard quartz movements which tend to drift up to 15 seconds in a month. However, while the B60 maintains that accuracy along with the flyback chronograph functionality, it also introduces a center-stop minute counter, in addition to a handy 24-hour counter at 9:00. Furthermore, the movement carries a lap function, which stops the chronograph hands to measure split times, then jumps the hands ahead to resume measuring the total elapsed flight or lap time.

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch Watch Releases

From a visual aesthetic standpoint, the new Chronospace has a fair bit in common with the Chronospace EVO Night Mission mentioned previously – both are housed in nicely finished, 43mm titanium cases, which measure just under 12mm thick each. However, on the new B60, the three contrasting registers are now clustered more closely to the center of the dial, which brings a little more balance to an otherwise busy presentation, toeing that fine line in a way that only Breitling can. Positioned just above the Chronospace EVO Night Mission, the Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 has a retail price of $4,830 USD. breitling.com

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  • Ranchracer

    As soon as I read “quartz” and then scrolled down to the price, I choked on my breakfast and then laughed my ass off.

    • Brosan55

      But it’s SUPERQUARTZ! ?

    • Roy Andersen

      Which one is the most expensive to produce Rolex 3135, ETA 2824 or a superquartz movement? And how big is the difference?

      The cost of the movement is a fraction of the price of the watch. And to pay several 1000 USD extra for a watch that has a (most likely) cheaper movement, just because it has a mass produced mechanical movement is … common. People are willing to do so, for some reason. A strange result of marketing.

      • Ranchracer

        I have no clue which costs more to develop, but if I had to take an educated guess, I’d say developing an in-house mechanical movement is many times more expensive than soldering some ICs on a circuit board and wiring it up to a crystal and calling it “super”. And I completely disagree with your statement that the movement is a fraction of the price. What do you think you’re paying for in a Patek, JLC, or Brequet? You’re paying for the hundreds of hours of meticulous hand working that goes into every single movement. As for paying several thousand for a watch that has a “cheaper” movement, you can pickup micro brands all day long with reliable 2824s in them for under 500 bucks.

        You wanna drop just shy of five large for a quartz watch, be my guest. There are any number of pieces available at this price point with in-house movements. And don’t get me wrong. I have nothing at all against quartz. I’ve got a box full of them that regularaly get worn, but when I’m spending this kind of money on a watch, it’s mechanical, period. You’re paying for exactly one thing with this piece. The name. If you’re cool with that, be my guest.

        • Roy Andersen

          Patek, JLC and Breguet offer watches with quartz movements.

    • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      https://www.bulova.com/collections/precisionist-watches-chronographs

      Try one of these for some real bang fer buck.

  • TheChuphta

    I’ve never seen this layout before. Am I correct in thinking that there is a running center seconds and the register at 3 o’clock is a 10 minute counter, and the register at 6 o’clock is a 60 minute counter?

    • Dr. Renato Lazarus

      6 o’clock is a running seconds because the chrono minutes are displayed centrally. And I think 3 o’clock is tenths of seconds, so after you stop the chrono that dial shows the tenths. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t spin like a foudroyante when you’re running the chrono. I think Tissot has a similar set-up.

      • TheChuphta

        Interesting. Thanks. You’d think the article would actually describe how the thing works.

        • Dr. Renato Lazarus

          Yeah they skip that part sometimes.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Does anybody really believe that Breitling still makes serious pilot watches? Even Ariel suggested the Casio (forgot the model) to an airforce officer. This is an overpriced joke of a watch. You get this superquartz technology cheaper and better from Seiko and even Certina has as so called Precidrive.

  • Phil leavell

    Super ?. I’d rather buy Seiko damasko ball engineering etc etc etc all in automatic chronograph

    • Berndt Norten

      I see your 6?? and raise you to 1??8??2??

      • Phil leavell

        Hey I read about this turd and I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes

        • Berndt Norten

          You mean the film Turk-182 ?

          • Phil leavell

            No I meant the watch the film I rate higher than the watch

  • John Stevens

    This is ridiculous considering what you could buy mechanically for the same money, you may as well buy a Bulova “super quartz” it’s just as accurate.

    • SuperStrapper

      You’ll give the HEQ nerds heart palpitations talking like that. Even if you are correct.

    • Roy Andersen

      For what I have read Bulova watches are usually much less accurate than their claim.
      And my experience with Breitling Superquartz (B73 aka ETA Thermoline 251.232) is very good. While worn it keeps perfect time, when not worn it looses about 3 sec a year.

  • Word Merchant

    I think Breitling haven’t got their pricing sorted out yet – $4,830 is clearly ridiculous – and no-one in their right mind will pay this; it needs to be at least $12-15k to lift it out of the general ‘you must be frickin joking’ watch buyers and into the ‘I was going to buy a Hublot but this is way more cool!’ audience’s idea of how much an expensive Swiss watch should cost. And of course, we need to see this strapped to John Travolta – preferably to his wrist, but I’m not the marketing expert here.

  • Pete Pete

    to say something positive: that quartz movement looks much nicer than some run-of-the-mill automatics. that said, the price is still completely insane. if you want to buy a really good quartz watch – for whatever reason – you can get a (better looking) high end quartz gs or citizen for a lot less money.

    • Although I understand what you’re saying, a “cosc” grade HEQ chronograph from Seiko or Citizen would not cost that much less than this Breitling.

      • Pete Pete

        depends on what you define as “much”. I’d say less than half is “much”. your average 9f62 gs (10 sec per year accuracy) costs around 250.000yen (around 2.300 $ us). even at list price plus tax plus import duties you’re still saving a lot of money.

        • A very nice GS indeed. But it isn’t a chrono.

  • Berndt Norten

    YCBS 1??8??2??

  • Yanko

    Price should be at least 15K. For such a wonder of the watchmaking world!

  • joe83

    Breitling need to change their name to ‘AUDACITY’, And this model should be called the “Audacity – One born every minute”
    What a joke….

  • Marius

    Let’s see:

    Should I pay $4,900 for this Breitling Chronospace quartz chronograph, or alternatively, should I purchase the $4,800 Tudor Black Bay Chronograph using the very capable Breitling B01 mechanical caliber?

    • And the Tudor doesn’t have that hideous, unfinished looking SS bezel.

    • Word Merchant

      Definitely the Chronospace… someone needs to.

  • I really do get a kick out of the “but you could buy TEN (fill in the blank) for that much money and they’re just as good!” comments (not just here, but on several other blogs and fora). Maybe, maybe not. When you consider the movement (yes, even mechanical) in any watch is a small part of what makes any watch “omigod-it’s-so-expensive” Breitling makes a damn fine watch and I’ll bet you’re getting what you pay for.

    If it’s too expensive for you (I can’t afford it, but it’s not all that expensive in the grand scheme of quality Swiss watches, for crying out loud) go buy the latest “bang for your buck” microbrand-du-jour that “punches above it’s weight” and marvel at its surprising “fit and finish.”

    • Phil leavell

      I’m glad you don’t mind paying for steak and receive peanut butter by all means please buy this I-PASS

    • “Fora”, how proper!

  • Jason Mirabello

    these articles always lose me at Quartz

  • If you’re going to go battery-powered, you might as well go Ani-Digi. The Aerospace EVO in titanium on a bracelet is $3K street, has 10 X the functionality, and doesn’t look like every single other “pilot’s chrono” out there.

    • Kuroji

      The Aerospace doesn’t have chrono pushers, and most people don’t like the AnaDigi look.
      Maybe Chronospace Military.

    • I actually agree with both you and Kuroji below — I love ana digis and alternate between wearing the aerospace and the chronospace. The hardest thing about using the aerospace is changing the time — you have to turn the crown in a very specific speed/way to change only the time and not the minutes — whereas in the chronospace you press the chronograph reset button and it takes you from hours to minutes to seconds so when you turn the crown you only change that part of the time.

      On the aerospace in order to turn back the time you turn the crown fast in the “winding” direction. In order to advance only the time you have to “unwind” the crown fast. To get the speed right I use my thumb under the crown and “flip” it towards the unwind position. That’s the only way it works without advancing the minutes as well!

      • Breitling will be happy to know you just talked me out of any future purchase of the EVO. I loathe overly-complicated button sequences. It’s bad enough my dive computer requires at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering to understand the manual. I’ll take a closer look at the military.

  • Roy Andersen

    B60 vs B73 – show us the differences

  • Larry Holmack

    As we say in Texas, ” They’re mighty proud of that watch, now aren’t they?’

    • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      A Lotta hat in that. Do they give ya a buckle to go wit it?

  • Mikita

    The only high end quartz watch I’d go for would be GS 9F. Funny, but no other brand can make a shutter-free second hand movement.

    • Greg Dutton

      I agree, but would add that the Citizen A10 movement delivers a similarly-exacting experience.

    • Ranchracer

      And just to clarify, the GS is NOT a quartz movement. It’s a fully mechanical movement (the hands are turned by gears that are powered by a good old fashion main spring) who’s rate is regulated (compared against and adjusted in real time) by a quartz crystal.

      • Ulysses31

        Grand Seiko is a high-end sub-brand of Seiko, which offers watches with fully mechanical, Spring-Drive (9RXX) and fully quartz-powered (9FXX) movements. Not all GS branded watches are Spring-Drive.

        • Ranchracer

          I realize that (I own one), but the context of the original comment referenced a GS as a quartz.

      • Mikita

        True. That must be the reason behind such smooth ticking.

  • Yan Fin

    Not even natural rubber strap!

  • Phil leavell

    This hot off the presses Breitling has decided to re-introduced vintage inspired Heritage style Pilots watch on a steel bracelet photos of been obtained and the price tag is yet to be determined but it’s said to be close to $125 000
    This watches inspired the biplane era. Yes those wild young men in their flying machines https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75aa49b6899d2f4ef0cb5da32b078cd1e27482e0f65a34fca705b722dd587778.png
    Hang on I’ve just been handed a memo this watch is also going to be available in a SmartWatch version people are flocking to throw down there money to secure piece before its released https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20d1487eab638b486b018cebfd63eddd1e6aee57717c802f48db8dbc040f4b20.png

  • Raymond Wilkie

    The bezel totally ruins the look of the watch. Cheapens it…………..

  • WINKS

    To be found on Jomashop in 2 months at 65% discount.

  • Phil leavell

    Come on really 5 geez for a courts watch.
    About a week ago for 2G’s that Alex cutacockoff was nicer