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PostSubject: Re:    Icon_minitimeFri Oct 19, 2012 3:59 pm

I read an interesting article on WatchTime.com regarding a comparison of the Breitling Chronomat B01 and the IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph. It is a great read, so I wanted to pass it along. Below is an excerpt of the article, two comparative photos and al link to the original article.

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Heaven & Earth: Breitling Chronomat B01 vs. IWC Big Ingenieur Chrono


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For the longest time sports-watch brands like IWC and Breitling didn’t produce their own chronograph movements, either. But things have recently changed at these two companies: at the 2009 Baselworld watch fair, Breitling introduced its long anticipated in-house movement, the B01, and the first and only watch model to contain this movement, fittingly named the Chronomat B01. IWC presented its Big Ingenieur Chronograph at Geneva’s SIHH watch fair in early 2009, with an in-house movement that debuted in 2007 in the company’s Da Vinci chronograph.

The Chronomat B01 faithfully follows the Breitling pilot-watch tradition. Its contemporary design includes functional details like a rotating bezel as well as other design elements that are purely decorative. An extreme attention to detail is evident on the dial, whose central element is a square with its edges defined by the center points of the three subdials. The ridged patterns in the subdials change according to which half falls within this square area: outside the square, the pattern is radiating circles; inside, it is vertical ridges. The hour-counter subdial at 6 o’clock is divided into quarters. The hands on the subdials incorporate the square shape, and the quarter-hour markers on the bezel are also square. Even the angular typography of the numerals on the subdials and bezel (with its square “zero”) reinforce this bold style. The three different numeral fonts add interest, but in this case, more restraint would have made a stronger overall statement, and the font style of the numerals on the bezel takes some getting used to. Generally speaking, though, we liked the design of the Chronomat B01 very much.

The IWC watch makes an even sturdier overall impression due to its larger diameter. All the numerals are executed in the same type found on other Ingenieur models. The standout features of the Big Ingenieur Chronograph’s dial are the subdials located at the top and bottom, with a silver ridged structure that sets them off from the rest of the black main dial. A geometric pattern fills the inner section of the dial. Luminous coating is applied deep within the grooves of the silver-colored markers, whose shape reflects the elongated hour and minute hands. The Ingenieur case has rectangular pushers that are neatly integrated with the crown guard and bezel.

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PostSubject: Re:    Icon_minitimeSat Oct 20, 2012 12:59 pm

What A BATTLE ! 46145 Amazing watches Vito ! It really always seems impossible
to pick which watch is better with these kind of comparisons. ..It is still great to see
though ! Smile Thanks very much for finding this !

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