The Breitling Navitimer — introduced in 1952 and distinguished by its signature function, an aviation-inspired circular slide rule bezel — has become a pillar of the Breitling watch brand and a favorite of pilots around the world. This year, Breitling introduces another limited-edition model to the Navitimer family, with an all-new black-and-brown dial and gold-toned hands.
The Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 mm) Limited Edition has a 46-mm stainless steel case and features a bidirectional bezel inscribed with a circular slide rule, an instrument that enables pilots to make critical calculations such as fuel consumption, distance traveled, and rate of climb/descent. The “Panamerican black” dial, with hollowed-out brown subdials and ringed by an inner bezel in the same brown color, is the product of Breitling’s sophisticated “par épargne” process applied to a silver base. The hands and the winged Breitling logo at 12 o’clock are gold-toned, while the central chronograph sweep-seconds hand is in bright red, balanced by a counterweight shaped like the Breitling “anchor B” emblem. The classical tricompax design includes subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock — for chronograph minutes, chronograph hours, and running seconds, respectively — along with a date window at the 4:30 position.
Inside the case ticks the Breitling Caliber 01, a manufacture movement with automatic winding, an integrated 1/4-second chronograph function, and a 70-plus-hour power reserve. Outfitted with 47 jewels and oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it has been, like all Breitling watch movements, chronometer-certified by the Swiss testing agency COSC. A domed sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides, covers the dial, while another sapphire pane in the back of the case shows off the movement. Limited to just 1,000 pieces, the Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 mm) Limited Edition is offered on a steel bracelet, two types of leather straps, or a rubber Navitimer strap with an aircraft tire-tread motif. Price: $9,720.