Breitling’s icon turns blue for the happy few
The watch brand specialising in pilot’s watches has brought out a bright blue limited edition of its famous timepiece.
Aurora may sound poetic but it’s actually inspired by a stealth reconnaissance plane produced by the US in the 1980s. Now you know, it makes total sense since Breitling is the contemporary pilot watch specialist due in part to the aviation slide rule around its models. The inspiration has created a blue that’s somewhere between midnight and petrol on the dial of the new Navitimer GMT Aurora Blue by the Granges-based brand (in the Swiss Soleure canton).
There are just 1000 of the chunky limited edition chronograph available making it even more precious to the brand’s fans. Its sporty version comes with a tone-on-tone blue rubber strap whose grooves bring to mind a plane’s landing gear.
There’s a quartet of hands in the centre of the blue dial framed by an ivory chapter ring: wide, silver and luminescent for local time and minutes; metallic and red-tipped for 24-hour local time; all red for the chronograph seconds. The current seconds tick down in one of three hollowed blue counters at 9 whilst the chronograph counters lie at 3 and 6 (minutes and hours respectively). The low-key date appears in a white-on-blue display at 4.30.
The 48mm steel case is topped by a rotating bezel and houses the in-house self-winding Breitling B04 calibre. The powerful high-frequency movement is COSC-certified and fuels both the aforementioned functions and the 70-hour power reserve.
Price: 8,450 CHF (blue rubber strap)
By Sharmila Bertin