For BREITLING, the name Montbrillant naturally conjures up pictures of the time and place of its first great chronograph factory, perched on a sunny hillside overlooking the Swiss watchmaking city of La Chaux-de-Fonds. It is there that the ingenious inventions of the Breitling family were born, including the most important, the second return-to zero pushbutton, and the most famous, the circular slide-rule created in 1942.
Today, the Montbrillant spirit shines as brightly as ever with the launch of the MONTBRILLANT EDITION special series. Making an exception to its usual rule, and governed by a concern for authenticity, BREITLING has chosen to equip this chronograph with a mechanical hand-wound movement. Dubbed Caliber 48, this mechanism is distinguished by its two-counter configuration featuring a 30-minute totalizer, and its meticulously cut-out date window at 6 o’clock. In harmony with the same approach, the medallion motif on the back of the watch is a reproduction of the Montbrillant factory built by Léon Breitling in 1892.
Like all BREITLING “wrist instruments”, the MONTBRILLANT EDITION chronograph is officially certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Whether in steel or in a limited series of 250 in rose gold, it is fitted exclusively with a black dial.