The legendary Breitling Navitimer is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and the brand has just launched a redesigned collection featuring a range of bold colors and sizes.
A comprehensive update to the Navitimer product lineup. Since Georges Kern took over the brand, Breitling has continued to launch its iconic Navitimer Pilot’s Chronograph with several updates, including the addition of a complete sub-series called the Navitimer 8.
This year, the prayers of old-school Breitling fans will be answered by the 2022 edition of the Navitimer B01 Chronograph Collection. Not one, but the range has 14 models in three different sizes – 46mm (4 models, 3 SS + 1 RG), 43mm (6 models, 5 SS + 1 RG) and 41mm (4 models, 5 SS + 1 RG) 3 SS + 1 RG)), both equipped with the Breitling B01 column-wheel chronograph movement. And all are available in two metals – a luxurious red gold, and a very functional stainless steel. The collection is actually a bit complicated, as the watch can be had on a semi-shiny alligator strap or on a 7-link metal bracelet.
This collection might be something for every Navitimer fan. Keep the old slide rule. Of course, its use remains as complex as ever. But now the movement is the superior B01 Automatic Chronograph. With the exception of the high-intensity red gold version in each size, the other 11 are available in stainless steel and available in a variety of dial colors. From blue to green to copper and of course black and white. And comes with a black sub-dial or a white sub-dial. Obviously, the money-making model will be the 43mm, as George has invested 7 watches in the collection. This makes sense, since 46 might be considered a bit large these days, to allow enough room for a complicated dial, keep in mind the slide rule, 43mm is correct. 41 for those who prefer smaller wholesale watches.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Breitling Legend watch, the brand has launched a redesigned collection featuring bold colors, enhanced shapes and incredible journeys.
For 70 years, Breitling Original Pilot’s Watches have been loved by pilots and fashionistas alike. Worn by astronauts in space and the largest star on Earth, it is Breitling’s most iconic timepiece. Today, Breitling pays homage to this legend with a new aviation chronograph that captures its most classic functions while improving it with modern refinements.
“We don’t use the word ‘icon’ lightly,” said Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “The Aviation Chronograph is one of the most recognizable watches of all time. It is on collectors’ lists of the greatest watches of all time. Originally a tool for pilots, today it is important to everyone who owns this timepiece on their personal journey. people have profound meaning.”
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Even its inventors couldn’t predict what kind of phenomenon aeronautical timing would become. In 1952, Willy Breitling developed a wrist-worn chronograph with a circular slide rule, allowing the pilot to perform all the necessary flight calculations. Two years later, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest pilot club, announced the design as its official timepiece. With the winged logo of the association at 12 o’clock, the “Navigation Timer” – or Navitimer – was born.
Navitimer has grown with the booming civil aviation industry. Beloved by airline captains and aircraft enthusiasts alike, it even entered space on the wrist of astronaut Scott Carpenter in 1962 as a 24-hour timepiece that distinguishes day from night . Not only pilots are attracted by the irrepressible beauty of the watch. Celebrities of the day, such as Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, Jim Clark and Graham Hill, were their big fans, proving that aviation chronographs have both style and style. function.
The Evolution of Breitling’s Iconic Modern Retro Style
To create the new Navitimer, Breitling retained the most recognizable aspects of the icon design code. From a distance, this is unmistakably an aviation chronograph, with its round slide rule, stick hour markers, three counters and a notched bezel for easy grip. However, up close, its modern sophistication is loud and clear.
The flat slide rule and domed crystal create the illusion of a more compact form. Alternating polished and brushed finishes give metallic elements a lustrous yet understated quality. A slim profile on the oscillating weight enhances the view of the open caseback of the COSC-certified Breitling in-house Caliber 01. The movement is backed by a five-year warranty, offers around 70 hours of power reserve, and allows the wearer to change the date – now visible through a concealed window in the subdial at 6 o’clock – at any time.
The fashion watch is available in a variety of sizes (46, 43 or 41 mm), two case materials (stainless steel or 18 karat red gold) and a choice of straps (semi-shiny alligator or seven-row metal bracelet). Modern colors of blue, green and copper define its updated dial options. If there’s one feature sure to spark nostalgia, it’s the return of the AOPA wing to its original position at 12 o’clock.