We heard the news that the replica Breitling stated a new Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 watch. The new version of the popular Breitling pilot’s chronograph features a few popular design details. See more details here.
The new stainless steel Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 has a satin-brushed finish instead of a polished one from its case to its Pilot link bracelet. This choice in finishing makes this swiss replica watches more stealth than showy. On the other hand, as its name implies, the Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 keeps on with the 44mm sized case—which is not small by any means, particularly when you consider the 16.95mm thickness of the case.
The 2018 Breitling Chronomat is provided with a choice of two dial colors. Those three dials display the small seconds, the 30-minute counter and 12-hour chronograph indicator, as well as the familiar date window discreetly placed in between 4 and 5 o’clock.
At the heart of the new Chronomat is Breitling’s in-house B01 Caliber automatic movement operating at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour and offering a 70-hour power reserve. Although the B01 Caliber isn’t new to the Chronomat collection, this COSC-certified manufacture movement is a big draw when used in Breitling’s chronographs. While this chronograph is certainly pretty, we still have our hearts set on the replica Rolex Daytona RBOW that came out earlier this year, but back to the Breitling replica.
As a robust tool watch, the Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 is water-resistant to an impressive 500 meters. There’s plenty of lume on the dial for visibility in low light and the unidirectional rotating bezel does not include numerals, but instead the characteristic rider tabs in addition to one luminous dot at 12 o’clock. Of course, protecting the dial is scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, while the caseback is solid.
Of course, the Breitling hasn’t reinvented the wheel with this new Chonomat chronograph. However, what the brand has done is take the already very famous Chronomat chronograph replica watch and toned it down with some subtle design options.
Since the replica Tag Heuer Monaco and Silverstone are always the first things that come to mind when considering vintage Tag Heuer replica watches with connections to motorsport—and likely the Siffert Autavia as well—the brand has a rich history of commemorating the world of racing through a wide range of timepieces through the ’60s and ’70s. The Tag Heuer Montreal first came to the market in catalogs in 1972, powered by boasting similar aesthetic codes to its fellow racing-centric siblings.
Though one might be quick to think its name traces its roots to the Montreal Formula One Grand Prix, that isn’t actually the case. The Canadian Grand Prix took place outside of Toronto at Mosport Park from 1967 to 1977 inclusively, before being moved to Montreal in 1978. The speculation is that the classy Montreal collection was named in celebration of the city’s selection as host of the Olympic Games, slated for 1976, even though a formal answer has yet to be uncovered, Nomenclature aside, the Tag Heuer Montreal was a racing chronograph through-and-through, though its lack of celebrity connection and relatively short production run.
From a design standpoint, there’s much to love about Montreal, especially in this specific configuration. Being powered by the hand-wound Tag Heuer Caliber 12, the Montreal has fluted pushers on the right side of the case, and a semi-recessed crown on the opposite side at 9 o’clock. As many Tag Heuer replica fans will tell you, this relocation of the crown makes the Montreal) much more comfortable to wear—especially for those who like to wear their watches a bit loose on the wrist.
The case of the Tag Heuer Montreal seen here has clearly seen a bit of wear and tear over its 44-year lifespan, though that isn’t a bad thing. Looking closely, the original radial brushing appears to be intact, and given the sharpness of its edges—most noticeable from the back of the case on either of its flanks—we can safely say this Montreal has not been polished to death by any stretch of the imagination.
The 42mm lugless case of the Montreal is just one of those prime sizes that manage to be a perfect fit regardless of how large or small its wearer’s wrist maybe. I can’t remember how many times I’ve heard people say “I love the look of vintage cheap replica watches for men, but they’re all just so damned small!” Thankfully the Montreal doesn’t fall into that category.
There’s no doubt that the TAG Heuer is still on a vintage kick with their product design, as is much of the fake watch industry of late. Having already released reissues of the Monaco, Silverstone, and more recently the Monza and Autavia, there remains much speculation about what’s to come as we creep towards Baselworld 2018. Will this be the year of the Montreal reissue? Though it would be an obscure choice, we wouldn’t rule it out either, and if it does you can expect to see at least a slight bump in the market values of offerings like this one.