After he unexpectedly left IWC and joined Breitling as the new CEO , Georges Kern was under the radar… We were all trusting that the main curiosity will come out of the Grenchen-based production. What’s more, today, here THEY come. For sure, it’s not a watch but rather a full collection named the Breitling Navitimer 8, which we acquaint with you today. Five distinct models, five unique presentations, five distinct developments, one altogether new idea. There was a great deal of discussion about what Kern was going to launch… The appropriate response is a pilot watch, clearly. Let’s investigate Kern’s debut.
Don’t be tricked by the “Navitimer” for the sake of this new collection. Truth be told, it hasn’t got much in common with the famous pilot watch. At any rate, don’t consider the new Breitling Navitimer 8 collection as an expansion of the current “Navi” collection, however as a free and new offer from the pilot-arranged brand. Don’t be terrified however, as the Breitling Navitimer 8 is consistent with its beginnings and stays an apparatus watch, an instrument for route. It is profoundly enlivened by aviation and by the past of the brand, which is extremely consoling indeed.
Inspiration – The Breitling 8
To make the Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection, the brand has been looking at its legacy and past collections, yet not just of watches. To be sure, if Breitling is known essentially for its pilot watches – Navitimer, Montbrillant, Chronomat – it was likewise a production of installed aviation instruments. The “Breitling Huit Aviation Department” was established in 1938 by Willy Breitling to give installed timekeepers and other dashboard instruments to military and common aviation. The name of this department was picked to review the eight-day power save offered by locally available clocks.
The clocks created by the Huit Aviation Department were likewise recognized by their lightweight cases and their simplicity of establishment and the Department was additionally answerable for the improvement of Breitling’s wrist chronographs for aviation use. With WWII quick drawing closer, the Huit Aviation Department received a huge request for installed chronographs from the Royal Air Force for its military aircraft. The new Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection is roused by these onboard timekeepers and dashboard instruments.
Dials, lists and bi-directional currency edge bezels found in the Navitimer 8 Collection are roused by these “Breitling Huit Aviation” tickers, just as Breitling’s pilot’s watch, Reference 768. Arabic numerals, radiant and painted dull dials for extra differentiation, profoundly scored bezels, enormous brilliant hands… All of that is in the vein of these antique installed instruments. However, the Breitling Navitimer 8 is an advanced collection, which takes motivation from, rather than simply replicating, these old models.
Five watches are presented in the Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection, one programmed (time and date), one Day Date, one Unitime (world time), one programmed chronograph (Valjoux-based) and one with the in-house chronograph type B01, the lead of this new line-up.
The Breitling Navitimer 8 B01
The Breitling Navitimer 8 B01 is the leader model and was saw on Breitling’s and Kern’s Instagram accounts not long before the official dispatch. This watch is the embodiment of the collection and gives a complete outline of the new flight way at Breitling. The 43mm Navitimer 8 B01 is a genuine instrument ish pilot’s watch, with its solid steel case, brushed completions, bi-directional coin-edge bezel, a turned around panda dial (white counters on a black dial), its mushroom chronograph pushers, its profoundly differentiated dial… to put it plainly, all that you would anticipate from an aviation watch.
This Navitimer 8 B01 is furnished with the brand’s in-house chronograph, a cutting edge programmed development, with incorporated design, section wheel, vertical grip and a 70h force save. It is, obviously, chronometer-guaranteed by COSC. Shown first on a leather lash with a dark dial, the collection additionally comprises forms on metallic wristbands (with a focal cleaned connect) just as a blue dial rendition and a red gold model with a bronze dial. Costs for this model will begin at CHF 7,100 (steel on leather) and the watch comes with a 5-year ensure (like the remainder of the collection).
Quick facts: 43mm x 13.97mm case – steel or red gold – dark or blue dial (steel), bronze dial (gold) – 100m water safe – Caliber B01, in-house, programmed – chronograph with date – 70h force save – COSC-ensured – leather lash or steel arm band – straightforward case back – from CHF 7,100, accessible in May/June 2018
The Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic
The second model in the Breitling Navitimer 8 collection – and the most straightforward of all – is a programmed time and date form. More modest, at 41mm and rather thin at 10.7mm, it praises all the credits of the collection, which means huge Arabic numerals, mallet hands and a mint piece edged bezel. The bezel is as yet bi-directional with a three-sided marker, to time occasions. Here once more, a few choices will be accessible – blue or dark dial, steel wristband (completely brushed) or leather tie. An extra black DLC-covered tempered steel rendition is likewise included, called the “Black Steel”.
Inside the case is a programmed development, Caliber 17 – an out-sourced development dependent on an ETA or Sellita engineering (25.6mm and 40h force hold). However, this development is COSC-certified.
Quick facts: 41mm x 10.74mm case – steel or DLC-covered steel – dark or blue dial – 100m water safe – Caliber 17, programmed – time and date – 40h force hold – COSC-confirmed – leather tie or steel wristband – strong case back
The Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph
The Breitling Navitimer 8 collection comprises a subsequent chronograph offer, proposed to be more available than the B01 variant, and outfitted with a development dependent on the programmed Valjoux 7750 design (here named type 13). The Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph can be effectively recognized by its 6-9-12 format and its monochromatic dials (no turned around panda style here). For the rest, it is as yet dependent on the bigger case, at 43mm in diameter.
The development is, just like the situation with all the models in the collection, COSC-confirmed, and the Navitimer 8 Chronograph includes the bi-directional currency edge bezel and is 100m water safe. It will be accessible in different styles, including dark or blue dials, leather lash or steel wristband, lastly a “Black Steel” adaptation with DLC-covered case.
Quick facts: 43mm x 14.17mm case – steel or DLC-covered steel – dark or blue dial – 100m water safe – Caliber 13, programmed – chronograph with date – 42h force hold – COSC-affirmed – leather tie or steel wristband – strong case back
The Breitling Navitimer 8 Day-Date
The model that was least expected in this Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection includes a Day-Date show. In light of a similar design as the programmed model, it adds a semi-roundabout window at 12 o’clock for the sign of the day and a window at 6 o’clock for the sign of the date. The watch keeps a serious adjusted showcase however and has similar visual and specialized ascribes as the remainder of the collection: 100m water obstruction, bi-directional bezel, huge Arabic numerals and brilliant hands.
The Breitling Navitimer 8 Day-Date will be accessible in four forms, all in steel, with a decision of a dark or blue dial, just as a leather lash or a steel wristband. The development, type 45, depends on an ETA engineering and is COSC-certified.
Quick facts: 41mm x 11.19mm case – tempered steel – dark or blue dial – 100m water safe – Caliber 45, programmed – time and day-date – 40h force save – COSC-confirmed – leather tie or steel arm band – strong case back
The Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime
Last yet not least is the Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime, the world-time release of this collection. This model contrasts from the remainder of the collection severally. In the first place, it is the just a single accessible with a silver dial (however no blue dial). Second, it shows a fascinating complication, and this showcase depends on an in-house development, the type B35. While we might have expected a development dependent on Tudor’s engineering (recollect the Tudor/Breitling Mechanical Alliance ), the Unitime depends on another development, which was Breitling’s first in-house advancement without a chronograph. It highlights two barrels for a 70-hour power hold and a dual-acting metal roller rotor.
The dial shows the 24 primary time regions and the hour hand can be moved forwards or in reverse bit by bit through the crown when traversing time region borders. The date window at 6 o’clock propels consequently, while the moment hand stays set up. The Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime seeks after a similar vein as the remainder of the collection, with a 43mm width, steel cases, leather tie or steel wristband choices, COSC-accreditation and 100m water resistance.
Quick facts: 43mm x 14.38mm case – treated steel – dark or silver dial – 100m water safe – Caliber B35, in-house, programmed – time, date and world time – 70h force save – COSC-confirmed – leather lash or steel wristband – sapphire case back
Prices of all models will be added soon. More subtleties on www.breitling.com .