15 Jun 2018

BREITLING’S NAVITIMER 8

A TRIBUTE TO ONE OF WATCHMAKING’S GREATEST LEGACIES

Breitling, famous for its chronographs and its strong link to aviation, has just launched a new pilot’s watch collection: the Navitimer 8. The 8 in its name is a nod to the Huit Aviation Department, which was set up in 1938 to produce cockpit instruments as well as classic pilot’s watches for civilian and military use. At the time, Willy Breitling chose the name “Huit,” the French word for “eight,” as a reference to the eight-day power reserve offered by its storied cockpit instruments.

Georges Kern, Breitling’s CEO since the summer of 2017, is particularly excited about the new product line. “With the Navitimer 8,” he says, “we are honoring not only our rich heritage but also our pioneering role in building chronographic instruments. But while the Navitimer 8 pays tribute to our past, it also does something considerably more important. It opens the door to a very exciting future.”

 

The Navitimer 8 – Bridging the Past and the Future

The Navitimer 8 family introduces five distinct models that are worthy heirs to watchmaking’s richest aviation tradition, drawing heavily on Breitling’s design DNA and the technical features of the first board clocks and pilot’s wristwatches as well as on the Huit Aviation Department’s commitment to quality.

It is also worth noting that Huit Aviation had distinguished itself by putting its products through a series of rigorous challenges. It subjected each instrument to extreme temperatures and vibrations before checking its timekeeping precision with oscilloscopes. The Department’s commitment to quality was rewarded as it immediately attracted the attention of military aviators
and, ahead of World War II, received a large order for chronographs from the Royal Air Force.
Continuing a Great Tradition

Each of the five new models in the collection expresses a design code – conceived down to the minutest detail with a high recognition value. Guy Bove, Creative Director at Breitling who fully immersed himself in the design of the board clocks and wristwatches created by the Huit Aviation Department, described the inspiration behind the Navitimer 8’s exterior design cues as follows: “With the Navitimer 8, we wanted to create a watch that was in line with our vision for the brand’s future, but which would also pay tribute to the great Breitling watches of the early to mid-twentieth century. From a design perspective, it occupies a unique position between Huit’s onboard clocks and the Navitimer.”
Resurrecting Design Values

The new watches resurrect some of the design values of the Huit Aviation Department’s onboard clocks – especially in terms of the dials and bezels – as well as Breitling’s iconic pilot’s watch, Reference 768, with the rotating bezel and distinctive triangular pointer that made it a favorite among pilots. Just as important were the luminous hands against black dials, a combination that offered easy readability in any lighting conditions, and which also contributed to Breitling’s aviation heritage. The Navitimer 8 watches recall the uncompromising flair of that earlier era.

It starts with the eye-catching case: with the typical notches on the bezel, its contrasting satin and polished surfaces and its artfully shaped lugs, it offers – from the very first glance – a compelling blend of sportiness and elegance.

For the typography of the large luminescent Arabic numerals on the dial of each new Navitimer 8 model, Guy Bove took inspiration from the style used on the first pilot’s watch models including the Reference 768. The small triangles and the long minute markers in the so-called railway minute tracks also recall those from some of Breitling’s great early wristwatch models, as do the luminescent skeletonized hour and minute hands, the latter’s length being matched precisely to the dial’s indexing. The beveled hands add a degree of sophistication and shine to the dial.

Each Navitimer 8 watch is water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters). Their dials are all visible through sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The chronographs in the family offer power reserves ranging from 40 to more than 70 hours, depending on the model and movement.

 

A Bidirectional Rotating Bezel

The rotating bezel, which features a handy glass rim with a practical pointer, was an indispensable element of the early aviator wristwatches, both with and without chronograph. A similar bidirectional rotating bezel also distinguishes the new wristwatches. The wearer can easily measure short time intervals by positioning the pointer at the appropriate distance before or after the hands. The glass rim has a total of 60 small recessed grips: one for every minute.

The light reflected by the slanted bezel gives the watch a sporty appearance and emphasizes the subtle design.

As a classic pilot’s watch and navigational instrument, the Navitimer 8 is a proud member of Breitling’s most famous family of wristwatches. For these models, the brand focused on optimal readability and functionality, taking inspiration from the onboard clocks and some of its great chronographs from the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Introducing the Family

We invite you to meet the five impressive members of the Navitimer 8 collection.

 

Navitimer 8 B01

The Navitimer 8 B01 is powered by the in-house Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. The self-winding, 43-millimeter watch has a ratchet-wheel chronograph with vertical coupling and a power reserve of more than 70 hours. The display features 30-minute and 12-hour counters and a date window. The highlight of this new range, the Navitimer 8 B01, is available in stainless steel with a black or blue dial, or in 18 k red gold with a bronze dial, each with the distinctive design elements of contrasting subdials. It is presented on a stainless steel bracelet or an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle. The COSC-certified chronometer has a transparent sapphire case back.

Navitimer 8 Unitime

The Navitimer 8 Unitime was designed with international travelers in mind. The automatic wristwatch offers world-time indication through an ingenious independent hour hand that can be adjusted with the crown. At the heart of the COSC-certified chronometer is the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B35, a self-winding movement, which, with its bidirectional ball-bearing rotor and two spring barrels, delivers a power reserve of more than 70 hours. The stunning dial is available in black or silver. The Navitimer 8 Unitime has a transparent sapphire case back. The 43-millimeter stainless-steel case with a rotating bezel comes with an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.

Navitimer 8 Chronograph

The Navitimer 8 Chronograph offers 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively, along with a small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. It is accurate to a quarter of a second. The COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 13 chronometer movement is at the heart of this watch. It is wound automatically with the use of a unilateral ball-bearing rotor, delivering an autonomous running time of more than 42 hours. The 43-millimeter case is available in stainless steel with a leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet, or in DLC-coated steel paired with a leather strap with a pin buckle. The Navitimer 8 Chronograph has a solid, screwed case back.

Navitimer 8 Day & Date

The Navitimer 8 Day & Date prominently displays the day of the week and the date along with the time. The day of the week is indicated at the 12 o’clock position while the date is ideally placed at 6 o’clock. The automatic wristwatch is powered by the Breitling Caliber 45, whose bidirectional rotor winding offers over 40 hours of power reserve. The dial, in black or blue, is revealed through a double anti-reflective sapphire glass. The 41-millimeter stainless-steel case has a solid screwed back. It comes with a leather strap with a pin buckle.

Navitimer 8 Automatic

The Navitimer 8 Automatic makes a style statement. It is clearly a direct descendent of Breitling’s legendary watches from the 1930s and 1940s. Inside the stainless-steel case with its rotating bezel and pointer is the Breitling Caliber 17, which, with its bidirectional rotor winder, delivers more than 40 hours of power reserve. The eye-catching dial is available in black or blue. The 41-millimeter COSC-certified chronometer has a solid screwed case back and is offered with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a leather strap with a pin buckle.

The first completely self-developed and -manufactured chronograph movement made its debut at Breitling just in time for the company’s 125th anniversary in 2009. Its tension spring supports a ball-bearing rotor highly efficiently in both directions of rotation. When the tension spring is fully wound, more than 70 hours of power reserve are available. This guarantees that the new Navitimer 8 B01 accurately displays hours, minutes, seconds, and date, even after a weekend tucked away in the vault. As befits a sophisticated mechanism of this kind, a classic control wheel operates the three chronograph functions start, stop, and reset. At the push of a button, an energy-saving friction coupling connects the stopwatch mechanism smoothly to the wheel mechanism. Other pioneering features include a patented self-centering system with an innovative heart-shaped lever to reset the chronograph to zero. The deliberate restriction to just 346 components ensures longevity and high serviceability. All components are finely finished and assembled according to Breitling’s strict specifications. Balance and balance spring oscillate at four hertz. This means that time intervals can be precisely timed to within one fourth of a second. Before the ticking microcosm finds its resting place in one of the eye-catching new cases with bidirectional pointer bezel, it has to prove itself for 15 days in the official Swiss chronometer test. After successfully returning from the rigorous testing laboratories of the COSC, the watchmakers assemble the exquisitely designed dial with the hands, whose length and shape are exactly aligned with the dial.

On the wrist, the precise manufacture caliber can be identified by the arrangement of the permanent second, the positioning of the 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers, as well as the clearly readable window date positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock. The distinctive design element are the three contrasting subdials that add to the unmistakable statement of top-class chronograph
performance with the Navitimer 8 B01. The three circular counters are distinctly offset in color.

There is a choice between a black or blue dial in the steel models. A bronze-colored version harmonizes perfectly with the precious red gold case. Double anti-reflective sapphire glass gently curves over the front in each version. On the back, the exclusive inner workings are displayed through a transparent sapphire case back. The steel Navitimer 8 B01 features either a leather
strap with a pin buckle or a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp to give a secure and comfortable grip on the wrist. The solid gold version is only available with an alligator leather strap and pin buckle. Regardless of the case material, the Navitimer 8 B01 is water-resistant up to ten bar and is sure to catch the eye.

 

NAVITIMER 8 B01

As the highlight of our new watch line, the Navitimer 8 B01 is presented in stainless steel as well as in 18 k red gold, each with the exclusive Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. With those two versions, the manufactory meets all the demands of discerning watch bearers.

The first completely self-developed and -manufactured chronograph movement made its debut at Breitling just in time for the company’s 125th anniversary in 2009. Its tension spring supports a ball-bearing rotor highly efficiently in both directions of rotation. When the tension spring is fully wound, more than 70 hours of power reserve are available. This guarantees that the new Navitimer 8 B01 accurately displays hours, minutes, seconds, and date, even after a weekend tucked away in the vault. As befits a sophisticated mechanism of this kind, a classic control wheel operates the three chronograph functions start, stop, and reset. At the push of a button, an energy-saving friction coupling connects the stopwatch mechanism smoothly to the wheel mechanism. Other pioneering features include a patented self-centering system with an innovative heart-shaped lever to reset the chronograph to zero. The deliberate restriction to just 346 components ensures longevity and high serviceability. All components are finely finished and assembled according to Breitling’s strict specifications. Balance and balance spring oscillate at four hertz. This means that time intervals can be precisely timed to within one fourth of a second. Before the ticking microcosm finds its resting place in one of the eye-catching new cases with bidirectional pointer bezel, it has to prove itself for 15 days in the official Swiss chronometer test. After successfully returning from the rigorous testing laboratories of the COSC, the watchmakers assemble the exquisitely designed dial with the hands, whose length and shape are exactly aligned with the dial.

On the wrist, the precise manufacture caliber can be identified by the arrangement of the permanent second, the positioning of the 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers, as well as the clearly readable window date positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock. The distinctive design element are the three contrasting subdials that add to the unmistakable statement of top-class chronograph performance with the Navitimer 8 B01. The three circular counters are distinctly offset in color.

There is a choice between a black or blue dial in the steel models. A bronze-colored version harmonizes perfectly with the precious red gold case. Double anti-reflective sapphire glass gently curves over the front in each version. On the back, the exclusive inner workings are displayed through a transparent sapphire case back. The steel Navitimer 8 B01 features either a leather strap with a pin buckle or a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp to give a secure and comfortable grip on the wrist. The solid gold version is only available with an alligator leather strap and pin buckle. Regardless of the case material, the Navitimer 8 B01 is water-resistant up to ten bar and is sure to catch the eye.

 

NAVITIMER 8 UNITIME: AT HOME ALL OVER THE WORLD

As the highlight of our new watch line, the Navitimer 8 B01 is presented in stainless steel as well as in 18 k red gold, each with the exclusive Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. With those two versions, the manufactory meets all the demands of discerning watch bearers.

Having time under control around the globe could not be simpler. And all that in a sporty, elegant design assembled with exclusive watchmaking expertise.

Breitling’s Navitimer 8 Unitime awakens memories of a watch line which made its debut in 1951 and caused quite a stir even then. The new universal wristwatch for 2018 caters once more to globetrotters, cosmopolitans and, of course, business people who need global time-related information. And as you would expect, the experienced traditional manufacturer has considerably expanded the functional spectrum compared to its 67-year-old forerunner.

Highly intelligent mechanics developed in-house make mastering the 24 standard time zones a breeze. The hour hand can be moved forward or backward step by step via the crown when traveling across time zone borders. The window date at 6 o’clock follows automatically, while the minute hand remains in place. As a result, it takes just an instant to set the respective
local time. If you position the city that represents the current time zone at 12 o’clock, the counterclockwise rotating 24-hour ring in combination with just as many cities indicates what time it is around the globe. This is made possible by an intelligent differential system and a sophisticated connection between this city ring and the innovative automatic movement. Of course,
Breitling has patented both. The no less elaborate winding and pointer positioning systems are protected by two more patents.

The 36.6-millimeter wide and 7.8-millimeter deep B35, with its four-hertz balance frequency, occupies an exceptional position in what is now an extremely wide range of exclusive manufacture calibers. This extraordinarily functional movement is Breitling’s first in-house development without a chronograph. After fully winding the two barrels by the dual-acting ball-bearing rotor, more than 70 hours of power reserve are available.

Of course, each piece undergoes the 15-day accuracy and reliability test at COSC that Breitling demands of all mechanical timepieces before being installed into its striking steel case.

The rotatable glass rim with a total of sixty notches provides a range of valuable services while underway across the world. If you want to be constantly aware of the remaining flight time during long-distance flights or avoid a parking fine, all you need to do is turn the pointer in front of either the hour or minute hand. It’s the simplest possible way to have any remaining time in full view at all times. On the other hand, you can also move the pointer to the scheduled arrival time of the aircraft and immediately determine how accurately the onboard computer calculated it as soon as you land.

Any moisture or wetness encountered at home or while travelling do not harm the wristwatch, which is available with a black or gray dial. The water-resistant case with its 43-millimeter diameter, the front double anti-reflective sapphire glass, and the transparent sapphire case back can withstand pressure of up to ten bar. In short: Breitling presents the ideal companion in
every respect with its Navitimer 8 Unitime.

 

FUNCTIONAL AND CLASSIC: NAVITIMER 8 CHRONOGRAPH

There is no doubt that the chronograph is among the most fascinating extra functions in mechanical wristwatches. Breitling is a traditional specialist in this field and offers its customers several models to choose from.

Chronographs are more popular than ever. Breitling fully understands this fact in every respect. The manufactory understands the importance of a function to precisely time short or long intervals while at the same time maintaining an expressive look. The new Navitimer 8 Chronograph is aimed at price-conscious customers. Its outer qualities, that is the design code with all its expressive facets, the elaborate case, dial and pointer details, and the outstanding manufacturing quality are in no way inferior to those of its more illustrious counterpart manufactured with Breitling Caliber 01. This chronograph makes no compromises when it comes to reliability and precision either. The Breitling Caliber 13 automatic movement built into the interior of the case has served well in 45 years of short-term timekeeping. A three-dimensional switching mechanism controls the stopwatch start, stop, and reset functions. An oscillatory mechanism, proven over more than one hundred years, establishes the connection between the movement and the stopwatch mechanism. The four-hertz balance frequency mechanism allows stopwatch timing to within one fourth of a second. The 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers are arranged in a vertical line, while the small seconds hand is located at 9 o’clock. Other features of this robust wristwatch: weekday display, window date, at least 42 hours of power reserve, and accuracy officially certified by the COSC.

Breitling offers this timepiece with a monochrome dial in black or blue featuring striking Super-LumiNova® luminescent numerals and luminescent hour and minute hands.

The convex double anti-reflective sapphire glass gives an undisturbed view of this carefully tuned ensemble. A version made of DLC-coated stainless steel is also available in addition to the classic stainless steel case with a 43-millimeter diameter. Whichever version you choose, the case withstands water pressure up to ten bar. The back consists of solidly screwed stainless steel. You can choose between a leather strap with a pin buckle or a stainless steel strap to match the design of the case.

Finally, the handy rotating bezel with its pointer offers real added value. Clearly perceptible, it can remind you of any upcoming appointments or the expiry of your parking meter.

 

NAVITIMER 8 DAY & DATE: CLEARLY INFORMED

As the highlight of our new watch line, the Navitimer 8 B01 is presented in stainless steel as well as in 18 k red gold, each with the exclusive Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. With those two versions, the manufactory meets all the demands of discerning watch bearers.

Quintessence on the wrist: The Breitling Navitimer 8 Day & Date displays the day of the week, the date, and the time. Precision, reliability, functionality, and a strong look characterize this wristwatch.

Let’s be honest: many office workers look at the dial of their wristwatch at regular intervals throughout the day. The date is also very often the focus of interest, as well as the time. That is why there is still a heated debate about the significance of this indication. The same can also be said about the day of the week – maybe not to quite the same extent, but it is still significant.

This is why we also give it a very prominent place on the new Breitling Navitimer 8 Day & Date. You could even say that it crowns the black or blue dial of this typical pilot’s wristwatch in the style of the 1930s and 1940s. A wide cut-out on the dial guarantees perfect readability of the name of the weekday, which is written out in full, using large black capitals on a white background.
On the opposite side, in the south so to speak, the window date is no less perceptible. This arrangement gives the dial a pleasant symmetry, with the hands for hours, minutes, and seconds rotating in the center. The automatic Breitling Caliber 45 movement with four-hertz balance frequency, officially tested for accuracy, serves as the driving force. Its ball-bearing-mounted
rotor clamps the mainspring barrel in both directions of rotation. It has over 40 hours of power reserve when fully wound. A 41-millimeter stainless steel case with double anti-reflective sapphire glass, screw-on crown, and screw-down back provides protection up to ten bar water pressure. As a reminder of the Huit Aviation Department, the new Navitimer 8 Day & Date also has a rotating bezel with a practical pointer, which can be used to mark the time of an important event, for example the departure of a flight. The approaching hour or minute hand will reliably ensure that you are never late again. This model comes with a supple leather strap with a pin buckle – nothing more is required for the perfect companion on your wrist.

 

NAVITIMER 8 AUTOMATIC

Purist par excellence: Breitling takes us back to its legendary wristwatches from the 1930s and 1940s with the new Navitimer 8 Automatic.

Breitling’s new wristwatch is the ideal expression of its continuing history as an internationally recognized manufacturer of precise, robust, and extremely reliable timepieces for aviation. In this sense, the Navitimer 8 Automatic has links to exemplary onboard clocks and an expressive pilot’s wristwatch, which made history from 1940 onwards. The Reference 768 underlined the comprehensive expertise that the Huit Aviation Department has consistently demonstrated since its founding in 1938 with its crystal-clear readability, perfect usability, and reliability under any circumstances. Naturally, this version of the Navitimer 8 Automatic is also packed with positive features. It appeals to timekeeping purists who only want to read hours, minutes, seconds, and the date off their blue or black dial. The chronometer certification is a guarantee of precision, which must be passed by every single Breitling Caliber 17 without exception. The maximum running deviation tolerated is between minus four and plus six seconds in a 24-hour period. This makes this 41 millimeter chronometer with a ball-bearing rotor winding on both sides, over 40 hours of power reserve, and four-hertz balance frequency 99.99 percent accurate in a day consisting of 86,400 seconds.

Breitling manufactures its case with convex, double anti-reflective sapphire glass, a screw-in crown, and a solid screw-in base made of stainless steel. You can choose between a leather strap with a pin buckle or a stainless steel strap. A black DLC-coated version with a leather strap is also available. Whatever your choice, the case withstands water pressure up to ten bar.

Finally, the bezel with 60 small notches replaces a chronograph by moving the pointer in front of the minute hand at a certain distance, thus allowing the remaining time to be set for a certain event – completely straightforward and simple. It definitely doesn’t get any simpler and more practical than that.

 

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