Introducing the Breitling Chronoliner
For a while Breitling has been renewing vintage inspired pieces. A couple of examples are the Transocean 1915 Mono-pusher Chrono and the 38mm Transocean Chrono. Its latest release, the Breitling Chronoliner, is an aviation themed watch that evokes images of its bygone air era.
When Breitling says that it drew inspiration from vintage pieces in designing this aviator, it's only natural that we focus on the favourites. The registers are at 6, 9, and 12 instead of 3, 6, and 9 and the bezel is of the 24-hour variety instead of 12, but perhaps the Chronoliner's looks are inspired by many of the older models.
The new Chronoliner is a large watch. The stainless-steel case is 46 mm wide, which is certainly modern sizing. Although, let's keep in mind that the Co-Pilot's successor (the 7650 circa '67) was around 43 mm at its largest back in the day. A few modern upgrades include a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, super-luminescent hands and markers, and a second timezone indicated by the red-tipped arrow hand.
Breitling chose to go for a solid case back on the new Chronoliner. Inside, you'll find the Breitling Caliber 24. Like many movements inside the models in the past that have been mentioned above, it's a modified ETA Valjoux 7754. Well known for its reliability, it'll beat at 28,800 bhp for about 42 hours, and it's self-winding. In addition, the Chronoliner is COSC-certified.