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The Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection has landed

Navitimer 8 Automatic with blue dial and black leather strap. (PPR/Breitling)

Last month, a completely new collection was announced for Breitling – the Navitimer 8.  We’re used to seeing iterative designs, or additions to existing collections, of course.  Something completely new coming in, though, that’s a different story.  This is also the first major launch under their new CEO, Georges Kern.  These watches pay homage to the Huit Aviation department the brand had, and comprises five new models.  So, let’s see what the Breitling Navitimer 8 has in store for you.

Introducing the Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT

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Watches that allow me to see the time in different places – whether it be via a GMT complication or a true world-time function – have been my fascination of late. I could easily argue that I do not really need any complications after a seconds hand and a date display, but those ancillary time zones appeal to me, even though I do not find myself traveling as much these days as I used to. I have also not made any secret of my thoughts that most of the Breitling collection is simply too busy for a non-pilot for myself. There have been a few models that break that mold, and the new Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT seems to be in that camp.

Breitling honors aviation history with the Warhawk collection

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Breitling is announcing three new watches today that hearken back to the golden era of aviation, when planes were painted with nose art, and pilots sat strapped in behind large engines and propellers, spinning just feet in front of them. The Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk collection honors Curtiss-Wright, the aviation manufacturer.

Celebrating 60 years of the Breitling Superocean

As Victor noted in a recent discussion he and I were having (talking about Baselworld releases), this really seems to be the year of the anniversary.  Quite a few brands are celebrating milestones for various watches, and Breitling is another one to join that particular party.  For me, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Breitling’s watches.  For most of 2their aviation watches (and particularly the chronographs) I simply find the dials to be way too busy, and just not all that good looking.  Then there’s the love side of the coin, where they have classic lines and clean looks, all in a well-sorted package.  That’s where the recently announced Breitling Superocean Héritage II line up falls for me.

The Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is my co-pilot

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AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition - original vs. re-edition (left to right)

A watch like the AVI Ref. 765 1953 isn’t hard to love. Based on an original Breitling model from, obviously, 1953, this piece is everything blinged out Breitling isn’t. The face is beautifully matte, the lume is cleverly colored to suggest a bit of fading, and the whole package looks like something that the original Oceans 11 crew would wear when Frank Sinatra was still on the job.

Breitling’s Navitimer for women

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Navitimer Automatic 35 with a white mother-of-pearl dial with diamond hour markers and a stainless-steel Navitimer bracelet

The Navitimer is usually a pilot’s watch. A big, chronograph pilot’s watch. How then, could a non-chronograph in a smaller women’s watch be a Navitimer?

Breitling’s Surf Squad brings out the SuperOcean Outerknown

Breitling has a Surf Squad, a team of world-reknowned surfers who do pretty cool stuff, like ocean conservancy, or just get together for Breitling summits to surf waves. On the Squad is Kelly Slater, co-founder of Outerknown, an apparel company. It only makes sense that the two would partner on something watch-related, since one of the world’s great watch brands is working with the world’s greatest surfer.

Breitling’s new Chronomat collection is very cool – should you want one?

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Chronomat B01 42 with a silver dial and black contrasting chronograph counters

Breitling’s Chronomat line started in the early 80s, when the trend was to go quartz. They were way out there, launching a mechanical watch back when mechanicals were seen to be on the way out. This new Chronomat looks a lot like an updated version of 1984 all over again.

This new Breitling celebrates the Outerknown

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Superocean Heritage '57 Outerknown & Superocean Heritage '57 Outerknown Limited Edition (rigtht to left)

A new Breitling model looks like something Ranger Rick would wear if he could fly jets. Called the Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown, the brown and tan watch “expresses the cool, laid-back lifestyle associated with the surfing scene in Southern California and Hawaii in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Recently Released: Breitling Superocean

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Breitling is a brand that we are all no doubt aware of. John wrote about them not that long ago (seen here), but I’ve tended not to cover them that much. Not out of any personal animus with the brand, it’s just that their very aviation- and chronograph-focused just have not caught my interest, to put it bluntly. So, it was a pleasant surprise with the release news came in about the new Breitling Superocean collection.