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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

High flying: Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori LE watch

Earlier this month, Breitling and the Frecce Tricolori met at the Italian air base in Rivolto to reaffirm the longstanding partnership and to reveal a new Chronomat 44 bearing the flight team's livery, along with a limited edition featuring the same design.

Among the many exceptional squads that are associated with Breitling, the Frecce Tricolori – the Italian airforce aerobatics team – holds a place of its own. In 1983, Breitling was chosen by the "tricolor arrows" to design their official watch. In doing so, Breitling worked closely with pilots in order to create an authentic aviation chronograph. A year later, in 1984, based on this ultra-functional, original and elegant watch, the brand launched its famous Chronomat which has since become its star model and has recently been reinterpreted.

Now, 30 years on, Breitling is creating a special version of the Chronomat 44 for the Frecce Tricolori duly customised in the team colours.

Forhigh-flying feats and aviation enthusiasts, Breitling is also offering a 1,000-piece limited edition with the same exclusive design. Its black dial (like the original 1983 model) bearing silver-toned counters with red hands is distinguished by the team logo emblazoned at 12 o'clock. Three arrows in the red, white and green colors of the Italian flag are topped with the inscription "P.A.N Frecce Tricolori" (P.A.N. standing for Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale).

The caseback bears the engraved silhouette of the ten Aermacchi aircraft composing the squad. The sturdy steel case and the bezel with black rubber-encrusted numerals feature satin-brushed tops and polished sides. Water-resistant to the exceptional depth of 500 metres, (1,650 ft), the watch houses Manufacture Breitling Calibre 01, a high-performance chronograph movement developed and produced by Breitling, and chronometer-certified by COSC. It is available with a choice of wristbands, one of them a new black rubber strap with an embossed Breitling signature.

The Frecce Tricolori Chronomat 44 and the limited edition were presented during a special event organised at the patrol's Rivolto airbase in north-east Italy. It was attended by team pilots, a number of Breitling guests, along with members of the military, leading personalities and key representatives of the national press.

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