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Is the Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham the Best Fashion Collaboration Ever?

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham

The new Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham is brilliant. For multiple reasons. For one, David Beckham is so closely associated with Tudor that it’s plain funny to see the Beckham name represented elsewhere in the watch industry. And secondly, this is a collaboration between a watchmaker and a fashion brand that is incredibly restrained, elegant, subtle and everything I love about wristwatches (whereas most fashion collabs tend to be on the bombastic side). I am in love.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham Breitling

Starting with the case, it’s more or less the automatic Chronomat (as opposed to the chronograph) as we know it, at the svelte size of 36mm. That’s the perfect size to appeal to both women and men in the current climate of smaller watches being popular. I’ll admit that I personally would like to see it at 38mm, even 39mm but 36 is just about the smallest I would consider. Structurally it features the characteristic elements of the Chronomat with a unidirectional rotating bezel with pronounced rider tabs and lugs that lead into a rouleaux bracelet. It’s available in either steel or 18k yellow gold, both of which have their charms.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham Steel Dove Grey

As for the dial, it’s so effortlessly elegant. It has simple, understated baton hour markers with strips of lume down the centre that pair well with similarly elegant hands. The VB logo on the seconds hand is the only visual indicator that this is a collaboration watch. Technically the colours are also an indicator of Beckham’s involvement as they match the peppermint green, midnight blue, dove grey and sand gold of the Victoria Beckham SS24 collection. An additional note is the inclusion of small lab-grown diamonds on the indexes of the dove grey edition.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham

Below the surface and protected by a solid caseback, the Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham each house the Breitling Calibre 10, an automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve. It’s a fairly standard time and date movement, boosted by its COSC chronometer certification, which ensures accuracy and reliability. The choice to have a solid caseback is another sign of design restraint because you’d expect a fashion collaboration to push for the more extravagant open caseback.

Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham Steel Peppermint
Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham

In terms of pricing and availability, there are 400 each of the three steel models at £4,700 and 100 each of the three gold ones at £23,750. Which is in a similar region to the prices of existing Chronomat 36 models in steel or gold. I think the reason I like the Victoria Beckham models so much comes down to the specific colours. There’s a depth to the blue that is captivating and while it’s not quite sage green the peppermint is in the area of that trendy shade. An unexpectedly great collab and one that. dare I say it, may just be the best fashion collaboration that watchmaking has seen.

Price and Specs:

Model: Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 Victoria Beckham
Ref: A103801A1C1A1 (stainless steel, midnight blue dial), A103801A1G1A1 (stainless steel, peppermint dial), A103801A1L1A1 (stainless steel, dove grey dial), K103801A1C1K1 (18k gold, midnight blue dial), K103801A1L1K1 (18k gold, peppermint dial), K103801A1A1K1 (18k gold, sand dial)
Case: 36mm diameter x 10.01mm thickness, stainless steel or 18k yellow gold
Dial: Midnight blue, peppermint, dove grey or sand
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Breitling calibre 10, automatic, 21 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel or 18k yellow gold bracelet
Price: £4,700 (stainless steel, midnight blue and peppermint), £4,950 (stainless steel, dove grey) or £23,750 (18k yellow gold)

More details at Breitling.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.