Breitling Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition


Earlier this year, Swiss watchmaker Breitling launched the Navitimer 8 collection, a series inspired by the brand’s historic Huit Aviation Department. Established in 1938, the division produced onboard instruments and wrist chronographs for military and civil aviation. The watches from the Navitimer 8 range recall the design values of this division as well as Breitling’s iconic pilot’s watch, the 1940’s reference 768. Now the Grenchen based brand is proud to welcome a new member to the collection – the Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition (ref. AB01171A/G839). Limited to 1,000 pieces, this special edition will be available exclusively from online retailer MR PORTER as of June 4, 2018. From July, it will also be available in the brand’s boutiques and select authorized retailers worldwide. The price has not yet been announced.

Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition

The watch is limited to only 1,000 pieces

 

The Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition marks the beginning of a new partnership between Breitling and award-winning online retailer MR PORTER. Founded in 2011, it has quickly established itself as the main destination for men’s style, offering more than 300 leading international brands. The brand offers worldwide shipping to more than 170 countries, including same-day delivery to New York and London. In addition to the new limited edition Navitimer, MR PORTER will also offer a curated selection of 31 watches from Breitling’s iconic Chronomat, Navitimer, Professional and Superocean collections. Speaking on the new partnership, Breitling’s CEO Georges Kern expressed his enthusiasm, saying that the two brands share the same values of quality, exclusivity, and an affinity for exceptional products. For Breitling, this move represents an important step in its strategy to offer a unique brand experience to a broader audience around the world.

SCHWEIZ BREITLING AVIATOR 8 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 43 LIMITED EDITION

By teaming up with Breitling, MR PORTER is expanding its luxury watch category

 

Now onto the watch itself, shall we? The new Breitling Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case. The timepiece is water resistant to 100 meters and has a transparent sapphire case back that reveals the cutting-edge movement. The bidirectional bezel is satin-brushed and features indexes, Arabic numerals, and a highly practical pointer. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies an elegant silver dial with contrasting anthracite counters and luminescent numerals and hands. The small seconds are displayed at 9 while the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters are at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively. Completing the dial is the angled date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition

The contrasting anthracite counters make the dial very clean and legible

 

Powering the Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition is the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B01, a movement that has been regarded by experts and enthusiasts alike as one of the world’s finest mechanical watch movements ever since it was made. Like all Breitling movements, it is COSC-certified as a chronometer. Comprised of 346 components, this self-winding caliber beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. The Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition is presented on a stylish brown leather strap. The latter is secured with a stainless steel pin buckle.

 

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