In an airborne launch 14,500ft above the Swiss countryside, Breitling CEO Georges Kern revealed the 14 new Navitimer references, which include 41mm, 43mm and 46mm case sizes in both stainless steel and 18ct rose gold.
“We don’t throw the term ‘icon’ around lightly,” says Kern. “The Navitimer is one of the most recognizable watches ever made. It’s on collectors’ lists of the greatest watches of all time. What began as a tool for pilots has gone on to mean something profound to every single person who has had this timepiece along on their personal journey.”
All versions use Breitling’s COSC-certified B01 automatic chronograph movement – which offers a 70-hour power reserve – and cover a range of dial colors, from soft metallic pastels, to sunray brushed blue and green and both panda and reverse panda configurations.
While the 2022 watch is instantly recognisable as a Navitimer changes have been made, including flattening the famous slide rule ring running around the edge of the dial and using a domed crystal, which both serve to lend the watch a more compact appearance. A smaller winding rotor also gives a better view of the movement and the AOPA wings return to their traditional position on the dial, sitting above the Breitling logo.
The 2022 Navitimer collection is available now via Breitling, with prices starting at $9,000 USD.
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