Breitling Aviation Chronograph 8 (BREITLING NAVITIMER 8): a tribute to one of the greatest achievements in the history of watchmaking
Breitling, known for its chronograph watches and profound aviation heritage, has launched a new aviation chronograph 8 watch series (Navitimer 8). The series is named after the number “8” to pay tribute to the Breitling “Huit Aviation Flight Division” founded by Willy Breitling, the third-generation heir of the brand in 1938 (“huit” means “8” in French meaning). This department focuses on creating cockpit timers for civil aviation and military aircraft and classic aviation watches. The word “Huit” represents the eight-day power reserve of the cockpit timer at the time.
Mr. Georges Kern, the CEO of Breitling, who took office in the summer of 2017, is very excited about the arrival of this new series. He said: “The new Navitimer 8 watch series (Navitimer 8) not only carries the profound historical heritage of Breitling, but also demonstrates our pioneering position in the field of chronograph manufacturing. While paying tribute to history and heritage, this brand new The series also heralds a more important meaning-it opens a door to the future for us and leads us to a better tomorrow.”
Navitimer 8 watch series (Navitimer 8)-reinvent the classics, imagine the future
The new Breitling Aviation Chronograph 8 watch series (Navitimer 8) brings five different watches, they continue the longest and rich aviation history of the watchmaking industry, vividly showing Breitling brand genes, as well as the first batch of cockpit timers and The technical characteristics of the aviation chronograph watch also uphold the quality assurance of the “Huit Aviation Flight Department”.
It is worth mentioning that the “Huit Aviation Flight Department” will carry out the most stringent tests and inspections on every product it builds, thus winning a high reputation. Each instrument needs to be tested by extreme temperature and vibration, and then check the timing accuracy with an oscilloscope. “Huit Aviation Flight Department”‘s meticulous attention to quality has quickly won the attention and favor of military pilots. On the eve of World War II, the department received a large order to customize cockpit timing equipment for the Royal Air Force.
Each of the five watches embodies a highly recognizable design element, conceived even into the smallest details. Breitling creative director Guy Bove (Guy Bove) was completely immersed in the watch design of the “Huit Aviation Flight Department” and provided design inspiration for the appearance of the Navitimer 8 watch series. He said: “The Navitimer 8 watch series is fully in line with our vision for the brand’s future, and it also pays tribute to the Breitling watches from the early 20th to the middle of the 20th century. From a design point of view, it combines’Huit The characteristics of the cockpit timer and the Navitimer watch (Navitimer) designed by the aviation flight department have their own unique features.”
Continue the tradition
Time-honored, brilliant again
This new series once again demonstrates the cockpit timer of the “Huit Aviation Flight Division” and the design concept of Breitling’s classic 768 aviation watch. The new dial and bezel part echoes the cockpit timer at that time; the rotating bezel and the unique triangular hands are the finishing touches of the 768 aviation watch, which is deeply loved and sought after by pilots. The strong contrast design of the luminous hands and the black dial is also a supreme tribute to the Breitling aviation tradition; this combination ensures the best readability under any lighting conditions. The uncompromising style of the early times is also shown in this new watch series.
Especially worth mentioning is the case, the bezel is engraved with classic grooves, the combination of satin frosted and polished treatment, and the clever ring strap design, these elements perfectly blend sport and elegance.
Guy Beauvais borrowed from the first batch of aviation Fake watches, including the 768 model: the use of large luminous Arabic numerals on the dial of each new aviation chronograph 8 (Navitimer 8), on the rail-style minute circle Decorated with small triangles and longer minute markers, they are all reminiscent of Breitling’s early classic watches. Other details that reproduce the classics include: the length of the hollowed luminous hour and minute hands exactly matches the dial scale, and the slanted pointer angle makes the dial more refined and shiny.
Each watch in the Navitimer 8 series has a water resistance of 10 atmospheres (100 meters). The sapphire crystal with anti-glare treatment on both sides ensures that the dial is clear and easy to read. The chronographs in the new series, depending on the model and movement, can provide a power reserve ranging from 40 to 70 hours.
Two-way rotating bezel
Regardless of whether the watch has a chronograph function, the rotating bezel with practical indicator time markers and an easy-to-operate glass outer ring are indispensable and important elements in early pilot watches. A similar two-way rotating bezel is also a major feature of this new product. The wearer only needs to rotate the hour markers on the bezel to the appropriate position before or after the hands, and the short time interval can be easily calculated. There are 60 grooves in the ratchet-type rotating outer ring, and each groove represents a minute scale.
The inclined bezel design can refract light, creating an unparalleled interaction between light and shadow, which not only gives the watch a more sporty appearance, but also highlights the beauty of the ratchet outer ring.
The new Navitimer 8 watch series combines classic pilot watches and aviation instruments, adding to the most famous watch series in the Breitling family. The new watch draws inspiration from the cockpit timer and the most outstanding Breitling chronograph of the 1930s and 1940s, and is committed to pushing the readability and functionality of the watch to the extreme.
Here we will introduce you to the five impressive members of the Navitimer 8 watch series.
Aviation Chronograph 8 B01 (Navitimer 8 B01)
The Navitimer 8 B01 uses Breitling’s self-made 01 movement, 43 mm diameter, and is equipped with a self-winding chronograph movement. This movement is equipped with a longitudinal clutch system and provides more than 70 hours of power for the watch. store. The dial is equipped with 30-minute and 12-hour cumulative timers and date display. As the focus of the series, the Navitimer 8 B01 is available in stainless steel with a black or blue dial, or in 18k red gold with a brown dial. The dial and chronograph sub-dial are available The colors are in sharp contrast. The watch can be paired with a stainless steel bracelet or a pin buckle alligator strap. This COSC-certified watch has a transparent sapphire back.
Navitimer 8 Unitime (Navitimer 8 Unitime)
The Navitimer 8 Unitime was designed with the needs of international travelers in mind. This self-winding watch displays the world time with a simple and independent hour hand, which can be adjusted by rotating the crown. The watch is equipped with a self-winding B35 self-winding movement of Breitling certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (COSC). It is equipped with a two-way ball-bearing oscillating weight and two barrels, providing the watch with a power reserve of more than 70 hours. The color of the dial is eye-catching and is available in black or silver. The Navitimer 8 Unitime uses a transparent sapphire back. The 43 mm stainless steel case is equipped with a rotating bezel and a pin buckle alligator strap.
Navitimer 8 Chronograph
The Navitimer 8 Chrono graph is equipped with 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively, and a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, with a timekeeping accuracy of 1/4 second. This watch is equipped with a Breitling calibre 13 certified by the Swiss Official Astronomical Observatory (COSC). It uses a one-way ball-bearing oscillating weight to automatically wind and has a power reserve of more than 42 hours. The 43 mm diameter is available in stainless steel with a leather strap or stainless steel bracelet, or diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated stainless steel with a pin buckle leather strap. The Navitimer 8 Chronograph has a solid screw-in back.
Aviation chronograph 8 week calendar watch (Navitimer 8 Day & Date)
The Navitimer 8 Day &Date can display the time, day of the week and date in a panoramic view. The 12 o’clock position of the dial displays the day of the week, and the 6 o’clock position is used to display the date. The power engine of this watch uses a Breitling 45 movement that rotates in both directions and has a power reserve of more than 40 hours. The black or blue dial can be seen through the double-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The 41 mm stainless steel case has a sturdy screw-in bottom and is equipped with a pin buckle leather strap.
Navitimer 8 Automatic (Navitimer 8 Automatic)
The Navitimer 8 Automatic has a distinctive style. This watch follows the design style of Breitling’s legendary watches in the 1930s and 1940s. The watch is equipped with a rotating bezel and classic hands; in a stainless steel case with a rotating bezel and hour markers, a Breitling 17 movement with two-way revolving windings, with a power reserve of more than 40 hours. The striking dial of 41 mm diameter is available in black or blue. This COSC-certified watch has a solid screw-in bottom and can be equipped with a stainless steel bracelet or a pin buckle leather strap.