AUTOMATIC PILOT MODE
Breitling’s great classic is now available in a limited edition of 1000 pieces blending a deep black and copper-ivory tone.
The brand based in Granges in the German-speaking canton of Soleure in north-western Switzerland, and a major specialist in technical watches, has issued a new version of its Navitimer 01. A reliable and efficient instrument enjoying a solid reputation for over 60 years, Breitling’s flagship model is a must-have for pilots and anyone who loves flying. The new Navitimer 01 Limited Edition chronograph, available in 1000 pieces, renews with the aesthetic and technical codes that have brought success to its predecessors, especially the famous circular aviation slide rule adorning the dial.
The solid steel case is 46mm in diameter and features a rotating notched bezel. It houses the Breitling 01 calibre, an automatic winding mechanical movement, certified as a chronometer by the COSC, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, like all the movements made by the firm from Granges. It has a power reserve of 70 hours and drives the hour, calendar and chronograph functions.
The wide chapter ring is strongly angled and hosts the famous slide rule, coloured white on a dark brown background with touches of red, which pilots find so indispensible. It encircles a black face where the markings on the chapter ring are extended. These markings are completed by an hour rim with markers topped by luminescent squares and a precise minute track. At the centre, a set of gilded hands coated with phosphorescent material display the hours and minutes, while the seconds are shown in a counter at 9 o’clock. The date is displayed in white on a black background at 4.30. As for the chronograph function, the seconds run at the centre, while the minutes and hours are shown in two counters placed at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively. These three counters are set back, lightened and tinted dark brown, like the chapter ring.
This Navitimer 01 Limited Edition is available with a leather, crocodile or black rubber strap or a steel strap with seven rows of links.
Price: 8050 CHF (with leather strap)
By Sharmila Bertin