Montbrillant Légende is another high-class timepiece with nostalgic styling that is executed in harmony with the aeronautical spirit that played a big role in the history of this prestigious watchmaker from Switzerland. The overall look, especially the appearance and layout of the dial of this chronograph with automatic mechanical caliber, shows a high influence of the 1940s. It features smooth and flowing lines and has a slide rule bezel that is very useful to aviators, which is not a real surprise, considering the fact that the Montbrillant series originates from the super collection of Navitimers.
Breitling Montrillant Légende is a timepiece that is quite eye-catching and notable, not only for its appearance, but also for the shear dimensions. It had the generous diameter of 47 mm and the matching thickness of 15 mm. With a bracelet included, the watch weighs exactly 224.4 g (about 7.9 oz.), so it would be fair to say that it is not a piece you will wear without even noticing it on your wrist. There are two options for the material of the case. The first one is stainless steel, whereas the other one is a combination of steel and 18 K rose gold. As it has been said before, the timepiece includes a bidirectional rotating bezel with a slide rule that can be used for computation and is especially useful for aircraft pilots. The rear end of the case is also made from metal and is screwed in. It has a conversion scale that includes all of the major aeronautical weights and measures, which facilitates all the required calculations even further .The face of the model is protected with cambered sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment.
Inside the chunky circular metal case, this model from the Montbrillant lineage has a self-winding mechanical Breitling B 23 movement (base movement ETA Valjoux 7753) that is also used on several other models. It has 25 jewels, runs on the high frequency of 28,800 vph. and includes a power reserve that lasts for at least 42 hours.
A Horizontal Layout of the Chrono Sub-Dials
One of the most interesting features of this timepiece is certainly its dial that includes 1/100th of an hour counter at its center which gives it quite a distinctive style. That nostalgic look of a modern classic is also visible due to the use of subsidiary chrono counters that overlap with the 1/100th of an hour display, as well as with the spindle-shaped hour markers, the selected type of hands and with the old company’s logo. The final detail in the stylish assembly is the date aperture that sits at the very bottom of the dial.
There are not that many options for dial color that Breitling made available for this model. The steel version is made with a black dial and a white slide rule (the outer ring is in the contrasting color for all versions). The models that include cases made from the combination of steel and rose gold offer a bit more dial colors. Apart from the black dial, it is also possible to get the ones that have a white or a bronze dial. Each of the versions of Breitling Montbrillant Légende is paired up with a beautiful 7-row Navitimer bracelet.
Montbillant Légende Limited Edition
The Swiss watchmaker from Grenchen also has a slightly different version of this timepiece that is produced in a limited edition. The horizontal chrono totalizers, which are in a way a give-away of the use of Breilting B 23 caliber, are in this instance accompanied with the 12-hour chrono sub-dial that sits at the bottom of the dial. For this reason, the date display is moved and rests between four and five o’clock positions. The limited edition of Montbillant Légende is also available with the case made from steel or with the combination of steel and gold. Both of the versions are made in a series that includes 1,000 pieces.