The 42mm Chronomat, which was renewed last year, is now available with the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Japan Edition Black Mother of Pearl, which uses the MOP dial, which has already gained popularity in Japan. So far, Breitling Japan has introduced a Japanese limited model of MOP dial almost every year, and among them, Chronomat using black MOP dial is very popular.
The basic specifications are the same as the base Chronomat B01 42, and the rouleaux bracelet revived in the current model is iconic. It features a rider tab, a brand logo without wings, and a dial tone with a limited number of colors. The same applies to the see-through back, and you can see the in-house Cal.01 from the back. The price is 1,166,000 yen (tax included), and of course it will be sold only in Japan, and it is already possible to purchase and make reservations.
I was wondering if it wasn’t for me this year. The reason is that the Super Chronomat was just announced last month ( see Introducing Breitling Super Chronomat 2021 New ), and the limited edition MOP dial is also at Breitling’s other pillar collection, the Navitimer. This is because it just appeared in December last year (” Introducing Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Black Mother of Pearl Japan Edition 2020 New” ).
Personally, I think the Black MOP dial looks good on the Chronomat. The MOP itself is rarely used in men’s models, but Breitling, which has many male fans, has done it, and it has a strong impression that it has become a popular model. And the MOP dial, which is already assertive, should have a minimalist design as a whole.
The Navitimer MOP limited model felt novel when it was installed for the first time, and it is also powerful as a product. However, for me, the red chrono needle on the MOP dial seems to be a little toe-match, and I am still attracted by the design of this chronomat.
The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 believes that it has taken the collection to the next era by gaining a new (or rather revived) personality of the rouleaux bracelet. Isn’t the MOP dial, which is a slightly authentic approach, more attractive if it is a watch that has evolved more modernly?
In the current model, the Chronomat is no longer just for men, and there is a depth of design that allows you to make more use of these dial expressions. Many Chronomat fans already have one MOP dial model, but I would love to see the finish of this unit after the new generation.