Baselworld 2014: The Breitling Novelties

What the general public will only be able to discover tomorrow you can already discover here and now. Just click on “read more” …

 

Together with the Breitling novelties I have shown you in the last weeks, Breitling will tomorrow at Baselworld 2014 launch these four new watches:

 

The Brieling Navitimer 46 mm in a 46 mm housing and the Breitling Navitimer GMT in a 48 mm case. 

Breitling says: “We begin a new chapter in the epic saga of our famous Navitimer aviation chronograph by launching a reinterpretation of the classic model in a larger diameter, as well as a travel version featuring revolutionary user friendliness. These two new variations on a legendary watch are both equipped with chronometer-certified Manufacture Breitling movements.”

Well let´s have a look at the Brieling Navitimer 46 mm:

The Navitimer now appears in a larger 46 mm diameter that for sure enhances its presence on the wrist and accentuates the originality of its design while also optimizing its readability. The Navitimer 46 mm is also available with a blue dial featuring tone-on- tone counters. A transparent case back offers a view on the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 with 70 hours of power reserve, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). This larger-than-life timepiece is fitted with a choice between a steel bracelet and a leather or crocodile strap. For collectors this might be interesting: It also comes in a 200-piece red gold limited edition with a black dial.

 

Breitling Navitimer 46 mm

Breitling Navitimer 46 mm

Breitling Navitimer 46 mm

Breitling Navitimer 46 mm

 

And now the Breitling Navitimer GMT 48mm:

With the new Navitimer GMT Breitling has decided to think big in creating this chronograph with a traveller’s soul. The COSC-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber B04 with 70 hours of power reserve guarantees user friendliness; it is equipped with a dual zonetime system. By simply pulling out the crown and turning it forwards or backwards in one-hour increments it enables instant setting of the travel zonetime date and hour, while of course maintaining a home-time display in 24-hour mode and without losing any precision in terms of the minutes. The large-format steel case with its imposing 48 mm diameter frames a perfectly readable instrument panel. The new Navitimer GMT comes with two faces – a classic dial in black with silver counters or an all silver version and may be fitted with a steel bracelet or a leather or crocodile strap. For collectors this might be interesting: It is also available in a 200-piece red gold limited edition with a black dial.

 

Breitling Navitimer GMT

Breitling Navitimer GMT

Breitling Navitimer 46 mm & Navitimer GMT

Breitling Navitimer 46 mm & Breitling Navitimer GMT

 

 

The new Breitling Chronomat Airborne

Breitling says: “To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our flagship Chronomat model, we are launching a special series with a resolutely technical and professional look. It encapsulates the entire spirit of this legendary chronograph that has become a reference in the field of pilot’s instruments.”

As a good tale is none the worse for being told twice let me before showing you the new Chronomat quickly look back in Breitling´s history…

In the early 1980s, Ernest Schneider – to whom Willy Breitling had just sold his firm – learned that the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Airforce aerobatics team, had issued a bid for tender on their first official watch. He accordingly decided to create a brand-new aviation chronograph specifically designed for pilots’ needs. This instrument was developed in close cooperation with the squadron. All details of the construction and exterior were designed to meet the demands of aviation professionals – be it the sturdiness of the case, the profile of the lugs, the readability of the dial and the ergonomic shape of the push-pieces and crown. Won over by this chronograph, the Italian flying aces voted in its favour and the official Frecce Tricolori watch was launched in 1983.

Ernest Schneider

Ernest Schneider

Willy Breitling

Willy Breitling

Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 1983

Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 1983

 

Aware of having created an instrument enshrining the brand’s entire philosophy and mission, Ernest Schneider chose to make this model the new flagship of the new Breitling spirit. In 1984, the firm celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style by launching its mainstream Chronomat collection. Over the past three decades, this chronograph has witnessed an evolution in its aesthetic expressed through a sequence of subtle adjustments. Breitling has constantly improved its performances in terms of sturdiness, functionality, precision and reliability. In 2009, the Chronomat was the first model in the range to host the new Manufacture Breitling calibers. As the leader of the Breitling collection, it has meanwhile established itself as an authentic horological classic.

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its best seller, Breitling has created a special series reviving the design and the spirit of the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is distinguished by its satin-brushed rotating bezel equipped with four raised rider tabs serving to count off flight times, while facilitating rotation even with gloved hands. The result is an edgy, technical and sophisticated appearance. The steel case with its polished finish is available in two 41 and 44 mm sizes, while the dial comes in two versions: black with silver-toned counters, and silver-toned with black counters.

 

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

 

The case-back is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) as well as the outline of an Aermacchi, one of the ten planes flown by the Italian flight squadron. In keeping with its aeronautical vocation, the Chronomat Airborne is fitted with an ultra-sturdy strap in black military-type fabric, secured by a folding clasp. The Chronomat Airborne is powered by the Breitling Caliber 01 self-winding movement, of course chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) as all the movements manufactured or used by Breitling.

 

In a 44 mm case…

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

 

In a 41 mm case…

 

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne

 

 

 

The new Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Bentley stands for the quintessence of British chic, GMT for the dual zone-time adjustment system Light Body for the featherweight titanium case and the B04 for the Manufacture Breitling Calibre entirely developed and produced in the Breitling Chronométrie workshops.

The new Bentley GMT Light Body B04 is an invitation to enjoy a combination of comfort and elegance, efficiency and style. The new wrist sculpture is distinguished by its original and daring design featuring asymmetrical lugs, a black rubber strap, a broad bezel with a knurled motif inspired by Bentley radiator grilles, along with push-pieces built into the ergonomically streamlined profile.

The travel chronograph will convince users by its unprecedented ease of handling. All the wearer needs to do when juggling with the zone-times is to pull out the crown and turn it forwards or backwards in one-hour increments. This is achieved without any loss of precision in terms of the minutes, while the date is automatically adjusted to local time in either direction. Another appreciable source of comfort stems from the rotating inner bezel bearing the names of 24 cities and enabling at-a-glance reading of all zone-times in the 24 most important time zones around the world in relation to the one indicated by the 24-hour hand. The new Breitling timepiece is powered by the automatic B04 chronograph movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC, the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute.

 

Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04