Introduced earlier this year the brand new innovation, the Navitimer 8, veered away from the familiar characteristics of a Breitling timepiece. The brands newly appointed CEO, George Kern, decided that he wanted to push the boundaries and take Breitling models out of their comfort zone. He wanted to create something that was completely new to their collection.
Lets find out more about the Navitimer 8…
The Huit Aviation Department
The heart and soul of the Navitimer 8 collection is the Huit Aviation Department which was established in 1938 by Willy Breitling, the grandson of Breitling’s founder. He recognised the strict requirements needed for timekeeping instruments whilst flying in demanding and intense environments. The Navitimer 8 pays tribute to this Department and the models within the collection are equipped with highly precise calibres that operate outstandingly even in the most demanding environments.
Whilst Pilot watches often feature large busy dials, the Navitimer 8 takes a simpler approach. The dial has eliminated any unnecessary details and only retains the essentials. The Navitimer 8 Automatic 41 boasts a clean and sophisticated dial. With a modern sunburst dial, finished with retro-looking Arabic numbers, a stunning, minimalist piece is created. The other models, even the chronographs, also have a refined look and the 3 sub-registers definitely add to the vintage style.
Breitling watches are renowned for their masculine style, with large case sizes and a sports watch aesthetic. However, the ‘macho’ look in the Navitimer 8 is not as strong as it features shortened and slimmed down lugs and a perfectly round case, allowing for a more retro effect. The case sizes are 41, 43 and 46mm, which are standard gents sizes, and the curved lugs and reduced case depth mean that the case sits more snugly on the wrist.
A Watch for Everyone
Another thing to thank Georges Kern for is the keen pricing of the collection. The starting price sits at £3,000 which is almost unheard of for the highly efficient Breitling in-house automatic movement. The extra complications, such as the Day and Date Chronograph, will of course increase the price, but they are still fantastic value. However, if it is a watch to mark a special occasion then the 18ct rose gold case and bronze dial comes in at £15,980 – which, all things considered, is still a bargain!
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