Seventy years after the creation of the famous Breitling Navitimer, the Grenoble watchmaker has reinvigorated the iconic collection.
And Breitling didn’t just unveil a single new interpretation, at Watches & Wonders 2022 the luxury watchmaker unveiled an all-new collection of watches – a full range of Navitimers in three sizes, two case materials and 13 different dials. .
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Navigation Timer or “Navtimer”, was created by founder Willy Breitling in the early 1950s, becoming one of the luxury watchmaker’s most beloved creations.
Boasting a chronograph function and a rotating slide rule around the bezel that simplified air calculations, the trusty timepiece was the favorite flight tool of civilian, professional and military pilots. Breitling has even partnered with the “Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association” to create a trademark design adorning the watch with its winged crest logo.
There’s no doubt that the new 2022 iterations are instantly recognizable as members of the Navitimer family, but with a younger, contemporary feel. Key design details stay true to the historic piece, while new elements bring the collection into the modern era.
This redesign, focusing on color, style and inclusive appeal, marks a new phase in the Navitimer’s journey, one that combines Breitling’s modern aesthetics and values with its historic watchmaking expertise to create a updated identity for the iconic watch that launched it. everything.
Sticking with the famous script, you’ll still find the familiar circular slide rule, stick indices, a trio of chronograph counters and a notched bezel.
The most notable update is a new movement inside, an in-house Breitling Caliber 01 with a healthy 70-hour power reserve. There’s also a new date function at 6 o’clock and the new collection features a host of new dial colors, likely a nod to the collector market.
The original Navitimer was designed with a 40mm case. The new collection caters to a wider audience spread across 46mm, 43mm and 41mm cases – all in stainless steel except for an 18k rose gold in each size.
Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, a myriad of new dial colors include a blue, silver, mint green, black, copper, ice blue, emerald green and panda black dial. With black or white sub-dials with bright red chronograph hands, there’s no denying that these are beautiful, eye-catching watches.
All references feature a new movement inside, Breitling’s COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. An automatic version of the movement that was used in the Breitling Navitimer Re-Edition 2019, it runs at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of up to 70 hours. .
The watches all sit on an alligator leather strap, although it’s possible to pair a strap with a matching case instead.
A wonderful reworking of the iconic Breitling Navitimer, this new collection retains historic design cues while adding practical modern flourishes – perfect for purists and a revived target audience.
The new range costs between AU$12,090 and AU$52,000 depending on specification.
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