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2000 Neuchâtel

Since its launch in 1952, Breitling’s Navitimer has become an icon. While making an icon evolve is always a tricky exercise, that didn’t stop Breitling from taking on the challenge, unveiling a new, fresh and modern collection.

For the Swiss brand, this update comes as their most important launch since the CVC Capital Partners Funds acquired the brand in 2017. For the 70th anniversary of the Navitimer collection, Breitling wanted to take the iconic model to a new dimension: more modern, more colorful, and more urban. In short, the Navitimer collection opens in the same way as the brand has done since 2017 to universes other than just aviation.

“From flight tool to icon”: The slogan does exactly what it says in the tin. The Navitimer, which has won over pilots with its performance since the 1950s, has since opened to a wider clientele. And as the brand likes to repeat, the Navitimer has been beloved by aviators and tastemakers in equal measure.

Since 2017, the brand has emerged from its archives and has brought to light numerous documents to highlight its history and demonstrate that the natural world of Breitling goes far beyond aeronautics. This in-depth work that allows the company to expand its clientele is always at the center of management’s concerns. This is why, today, the collection most intimately linked to aeronautics is also undergoing a rejuvenation that should allow it to reach a wider, younger and more urban clientele.

Modern-Retro Style
To create the new Navitimer, Breitling preserved the most recognizable aspects of the icon’s design code. From a distance, this is unmistakably a Navitimer, with its circular slide rule, baton indexes, trio of chronograph counters, and notched bezel for easy grip. Up close, however, its modern refinements come through loud and clear.

A flattened slide rule and a domed crystal create the illusion of a more compact profile. Alternating polished and brushed finishes give the metal elements a lustrous yet understated quality. A slimmer silhouette on the oscillating weight enhances the open-caseback view of the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. This movement is backed by a five-year warranty, provides approximately 70 hours of power reserve, and allows the wearer to change the date—now visible through a discreet window in the subdial at 6 o’clock—at any time.

The watch comes in a range of sizes (46, 43, or 41 mm + 2 models 3 hands automatic 35 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 in shades of blue, green, and copper define its updated dial options. And if there is one feature sure to spark nostalgia, it’s the return of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) wings to their original position at 12 o’clock.

Price: from USD 9,100



A specialist in watchmaking journalism, Michel is the founder of The Next Hour. Fascinated by the fundamental issues related to communication and social networks, convinced that watchmaking still has a very large audience to capture beyond the circle of connoisseurs, he launched The Next Hour to chart a course and make this medium a fun and informative meeting place of quality. Michel is also a member of the Cultural Council of the Fondation de la Haute horlogerie and a member of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Academy.