Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Boeing 747

Although Breitling was founded in 1884 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, by Léon Breitling. When his grandson Willy Breitling took over the reins of the family business, the brand established strong ties with the aviation industry after he witnessed the rise of military aviation of the period. A wrist-worn device with a circular slide, that would enable pilots to conduct all essential flight calculations was created in 1952 by Willy Breitling and served as a precursor to the most iconic watch of all time, the Navitimer. Both airline captains and aviation hobbyists wore the Navitimer. After its first flight in 1969, the Boeing 747 revamped civil aviation by making long-haul travel affordable for a new generation. As Boeing delivers the 1,574th and final 747, Breitling honors the two aviation icons with a limited-edition Navitimer, the Breitling Navitimer B01 43 Boeing 747 Limited Edition.
The color scheme on the Navitimer Boeing 747 is reminiscent of the original aircraft, as evidenced by the cream dial with black subdials and red inner slide-rule scale with blue accents. The hour hands, minute hands and indices are treated with Super-LumiNova for easier reading of the dial in low-light conditions. Last year, Breitling celebrated Navitimer’s 70th anniversary by releasing an entire collection of Navitimes in three different sizes and with the return of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association) wings logo. The dial features of the new Navitimer Boeing 747 are similar in this regard, barring the 43mm x 13.7mm fixed size of this stainless steel case in the new model.
Driving the new Breitling Navitimer B01 43 Boeing 747 Limited Edition is Breitling’s Caliber 01, a COSC-certified movement with column-wheel and vertical clutch. This movement features hour, minute, date and chronograph readings and offers 70 hours of power reserve while beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Breitling Navitimer B01 43 Boeing 747 Limited Edition comes on a black alligator leather strap with a folding buckle or a steel seven-row Navitmer bracelet with a butterfly clasp. It has a limited edition run of, appropriately
Breitling is celebrating the mighty Boeing 747 with a limited-edition Navitimer honoring the jet’s game-changing legacy in air travel.

As the last of the airliners exits Boeing’s production line, the Swiss luxury watchmaker is celebrating the “Queen of the Skies” impact. The original plane, which first taxied on the runway in 1969, included two aisles and two decks, with the ability to carry double the passengers of competing jets and fly more than 5,000 nautical miles.

Today, as Boeing prepares to release its last 747, Breitling is celebrating the revolutionary jet with exactly 747 special-edition watches, dubbed the Navitimer Boeing 747.

“What better way to remember a revolutionary jumbo jet than with a revolutionary pilot’s chronograph,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “The Boeing 747 brought style to the skies, just as the Navitimer brought the spirit of aviation to style-savvy watch enthusiasts.”

The new Breitling Navitimer B01 43 Boeing 747 ’s dial mimics the aircraft’s color palette, with a cream center, black subdials and a red-and-white slide rule with blue accents. The AOPA logo reminds wearers of the watch’s heritage as a pilot’s timekeeper, while subtle “Boeing 747” iconography appears on the slide rule’s inner scale. The timepiece’s open caseback, engraved with “One of 747,” showcases the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which provides roughly 70 hours of power reserve.

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43

Wempe is launching a series of watches resulting from collaborations with brands from its portfolio. The famous jeweler will offer special limited editions of well-known watch models, which are exclusively available through Wempe’s physical stores and online shop. These collaboration pieces will form the Wempe Signature Collection. Together with Breitling, Wempe created the first timepiece in this line, the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature Collection.

The Navitimer is Breitling’s best-known model. The brand presented the first watch carrying this name in 1952. Originally, Breitling created it exclusively for the US-based Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association (AOPA), which made it its official watch. That first edition of the watch carried the signed wings logo of the AOPA instead of any Breitling branding. The watch’s most characteristic design element has always been the slide rule bezel, allowing the pilot to perform necessary calculations during flight. In the 1950s and 1960s, almost every pilot flying across the USA wore a Navitimer. Indeed, the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 was designed and used as a veritable pilot’s tool.
Now, 70 years after its introduction, the Navitimer sees its newest execution in a slightly larger size than the original. Wempe has also opted for a completely new appearance, creating a stunning version of this classic that could even appeal to those who have ignored the Navitimer so far.
Wempe calls the 43mm diameter of this Navitimer a “medium size”. However, you must not confuse this indication with what is considered a typical unisex size for a watch today. This size designation refers to the typical size of a Navitimer. The classic Navitimers always had 41mm cases, but at that size, the load of information on the dial is heavily compacted. Both to aid in legibility and to appeal to larger-wristed folks, Breitling also offers the Navitimer in 43mm and 46mm cases. According to current standards, the latter is considered fairly big. Hence, Wempe decided on a compromise and chose the 43mm version for this collaboration.
In most Navitimer models, the chronograph totalizers and/or the slide rule have a contrasting color. For the Signature Collection, Wempe chose a uniform dial layout in indigo blue. The dial has a sunray finish that is not as shiny as many such dials. Instead, it has a silk-matte appearance. The varying dimmed reflections of this dial account for a substantial part of the attractiveness of this watch. The circular pattern at the inner portion of the recessed totalizers creates a touch of contrast.
The hands, faceted hour markers, and vintage AOPA logo plated in rose gold lend beautiful touches to the dial. They create a good contrast so that you can read the current time and measured duration comfortably. But even more, their warm tone combined with the cold blue hue create an exceptionally handsome watch face. There is even some luminous material on the minute and hour hands and at the outer tips of the hour markers. This Super-LumiNova glows green in the dark. In my opinion, a blue lume would have been more fitting, but I don’t really care. It’s still an absolute pleasure to look at this watch. This sight easily made me forget to read the time when I raised my wrist to do just that — something only true watch lovers understand.
Observing the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature Collection on the wrist, it’s almost difficult to notice anything beyond its dial. The flat, polished surface of the rim of the bezel creates a bright frame for the dial. This bezel rim has a notched design instead of the “pearl” design of early (1952–1963) Navitimer bezels. The bezel has just the right amount of free movement to comfortably set the slide rule.
The simple piston-style chronograph pushers are sufficiently restrained to not interfere with the busy dial. The signed crown appears massive, which is perfectly appropriate for a tool watch and serves its purpose well. The short lugs appear minimal but show some sophisticated finishing upon closer inspection. I find the ratio between a diameter of 43mm and a thickness of 13.69mm well balanced. The fact that this is not a thin watch preserves the impression of a tool even if it tends to appear like a dressier timepiece.
The screw-down case back reveals the movement, which makes sense in this case, even though it is a tool watch. Unfortunately, the units of this limited edition are not individually numbered. Only general information on the limitation is engraved on the case back as “ONE OF 200”.
Wempe offers two options to fasten the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature Collection to your wrist — a brown alligator strap with a steel deployant clasp or a steel bracelet with a dual-deployant clasp. The watch that I had for my review came on the strap. Deciding on the bracelet will cost you an additional €350 / US$400. Usually, I would recommend taking the bracelet because buying a bracelet separately often becomes more expensive. Moreover, many strap manufacturers are offering great leather straps at attractive prices. In this case, though, I think the bracelet makes little sense. Yes, it is a tool watch, and a bracelet is the sturdier solution. But here, it destroys the overall look. Save the money and get it on the strap.

Breitling Premier Top Time Deus II

Breitling has renewed its partnership with rebellious Australian surf-style brand and motorcycle customizer Deus Ex Machina. To celebrate, Breitling unveils the new Breitling Top Time Deus watch with design input from Deus. The base of the new watch follows the familiar pattern of the 2021 Top Time Deus edition with some design tweaks. On the dial, black gives way to sky blue on the tachymeter scale and sunken TV-set sub-dials. Notably, the new Top Time Deus edition ups the limitation to 2,000 pieces. Raising the number of units is undoubtedly in response to the original Deus being an instant sell-out at 1,500 pieces. Will the new one generate the same demand? Let’s find out.

Looking back to 2021, we never covered the original Deus on Fratello Watches. The team is big on Breitling, and several of our guys own one or more pieces from the Swiss brand. But to this day, the Top Time Deus is divisive amongst our group. The Rolex Milgauss-esque lacquered orange lightning-bolt-shaped chronograph hand is perhaps derivative. And the hand-drawn-effect Deus logo is probably a quirk too far. But to me, these outlandish details lift the classic ‘60s twin-register Top Time design, giving it a rebellious spin. In comparison to last year’s model, the new version tones down the blocky orange accents. It also softens the contrast, as against the off-white dial, the tachymeter is now sky blue instead of jet black.
The Top Time is a revitalized ‘60s chronograph with a round case, pump-style pushers, and twin registers. The sub-dial at 9 o’clock provides the running seconds while a 30-minute totalizer sits at 3 o’clock. Since the revival of the model range, Breitling has experimented with various finishes and colors on the Breitling Top Time Deus . Back in February, I went hands-on with the Breitling × Triumph Top Time. Of the latest releases, the ice-blue dial with black details on the Triumph is possibly the soberest launch. But the Deus brings back the adventurous side of things. However, carrying over from the Triumph model to the Deus are the steel trapezoidal hands with a slither of Super-LumiNova. I prefer these subdued hands to the blocky orange hands of the first Deus edition.
Further changes include the beige luminescent indices. Previously, the Deus had polished steel baton indices with lume dots on the outer edge of the dial. The new liberal use of lume improves readability in low light, and the central hands and indices blend more harmoniously. The sky blue in the tachymeter is a pleasing shade in combination with the off-white dial. Yet the Deus mantra, “In Benzin Veritas” (in gasoline we trust), remains where “units per hour” resides in the Triumph model. Continuing the sky-blue hue are the sub-dials with concentric grooves and color-coded red and orange accents. The stylized Breitling logo is nicely positioned, and the Top Time name now sits just below it rather than just above the Deus logo.
Luckily, the funky central chronograph seconds hand remains among all the refreshing updates. The inclusion of the lightning bolt seemingly divides our team into “love it” and “hate it” camps. But looking at the dial with toned-down elements, the shocking orange hand is even more noticeable, which is a plus in my eyes. Shrouding the striking dial is the boxy, raised sapphire glass with a glareproof treatment on both sides. The round 41mm stainless steel case without crown guards has a slight step down to the lugs. The lugs themselves protrude outward and contribute significantly to the 51.5mm tip-to-tip dimension. Along with the 14.27mm case thickness, the Top Time may be a challenging watch to pull off. It’s worth checking out and trying in person to understand the dimensions.
The solid steel case back conceals the non-in-house Breitling 23 chronograph caliber. This movement, based on the Valjoux 7753, beats at 28,800vph and delivers 48 hours of power reserve. With the snap-on case back and non-screw-down crown, the Top Time Deus is only pressure-resistant to 3 ATM. My advice, therefore, is to keep this watch above water. Affixing the Top Time to the wrist is the motorcycle-glove-inspired brown distressed leather strap with a yellow calfskin underside. The strap slots into the 20mm lug spacing and includes a matching steel pin buckle. The Breitling Top Time Deus is limited to 2,000 pieces

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature

Wempe is launching a series of exclusive watches in collaboration with well-renowned watch manufacturers to create its newest collection, the aptly named Breitling Wempe Signature Collection. The strictly limited partnership models are based off some of the most classic references in the watch world, and kicking off the series is a watch produced in partnership with Breitling via the new Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature Collection. Featuring a familiar Navitimer aesthetic dressed in blue with red gold accents, the style channels classic Breitling design with notable Wempe influences. Ticking inside the 43mm stainless steel case is the automatic manufacture caliber B01 with chronometer certification. This high-end chronograph movement is equipped with a vertical clutch and column wheel control. The movement beats behind a commemorative sapphire crystal case back and offers 100 meters of watch resistance and a power reserve of 70 hours. The Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature Collection will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces. The standard model is presented on an alligator leather strap and is priced at $9,200. The variant with a metal bracelet has a price tag of $9,600. The watch will be sold exclusively in Wempe stores and via the brand’s website.
A symbiosis of the best of the watch world. In the course of the Signature Collection, Wempe meets with renowned manufacturers and combines their iconic models with its own long-standing knowledge of expectations and wishes of their customer base.The case, in stainless steel, measures 43mm. It has a cambered AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 30 meters. Movement is the Swiss automatic Breitling in-house caliber 01 with 47 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 70 hours. It features a column-wheel and a vertical clutch and it is COSC-certified as a chronometer.
A purist design with that certain something. The Uptown by Wempe Statements bracelet is composed of twenty graphic elements in warm 18k rose gold that mesh almost invisibly. Each element of this dynamically flowing piece of jewelry is set with a brilliant-cut diamond with a total carat weight of 1.30 ct.
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Ticking inside the 43mm stainless steel case is the automatic manufacture caliber B01 with chronometer certification. This high-end chronograph movement is equipped with a vertical clutch and column wheel control. The movement beats behind a sapphire crystal case and offers 100 meters of watch resistance and a 70-hour power reserve.

The Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Signature Collection Available in a limited edition of 200 pieces. The standard model is presented on an alligator leather strap and costs around $8,500 and retails for approx. $8,850 on a metal bracelet. The watch will be sold exclusively at Wempe stores and through the brand’s website.

Breitling Avenger Chronograph GMT 45

Swiss watch company Breitling recently held one of its still-new Breitling Summit event concepts here in Los Angeles. One of the new references launched was this duo of GMT watches, the Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 (reference A32395101C1A1 or A32395101C1X1 / A32395101C1X2) and the related Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Night Mission (reference V32395101B1X1 / V32395101B1X2).

First, a tangent about the brand’s activities. I’ve said multiple times recently that the brand has been one of the best performing luxury watch companies over the last 18 months, due to the re-energized Georges Kern and the ability for him to execute his ideas. If anything, Kern’s short time at Breitling (about two years) demonstrates the power of what you can do if a company’s financial arm allows for a CEO to spend and invest in the future, no matter the current state of global investor confidence. The good news for Breitling is that their efforts are paying off, even today.
Weeks away from the release of the first film he produced (in French), Georges Kern sits at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills with guests from around the Americas who have come to see him, his friends, and his new creations. I’ve personally never seen Mr. Kern more at ease and seemingly hopeful about the future.

One cause for Mr. Kern’s positive sentiments is that business is growing for Breitling — and in important places like the United States and China. The United States has always been a strong market for Breilting. (It is often said to be the third-largest Swiss luxury watchmaker in the United States, after Rolex and Omega, respectively.) Kern is a globalist and understands that, while local tastes and preferences differ, Breitling needs to be a global brand in every sense of the word. From a product perspective, Kern was also lucky, not only in his ability to streamline the brand’s notoriously confusing model families but also to sit on an archive of designs and styles that happen to be particularly fashionable these days.
Well-made, good-looking watches aren’t enough — and with Kern’s understanding of Hollywood appeal comes his understanding of marketing. That, blended with his more than two decades of experience in the watch industry, has allowed for him to be among the very few leading watch brand CEOs who have the courage to try new things in a global economic recession, when spirits are down and luxury seekers (who continue to exist in droves) are chasing different pleasures than the generation before them.
For instances, the next person who dons one of these Avenger Automatic GMT 45 watches might be a drone racing champion. Breitling is, indeed, adding the world of drone-flying sports into its legacy of aviation. The logic is sound, and on top of that, drone racing also appeals to new-generation computer and video gamers seeking sports and heroes relevant to them.
From a timepiece perspective, these new GMT watches are a smart release from Breitling and unlike anything I can think of in the current collection. What other time and GMT Breitling watches (without a chronograph complication) come to mind? I know they have produced GMT watches before, but I don’t think Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 has really ever had a modern GMT hit (and I am not counting the World Time since that is a different style of watch altogether).

As GMT watches, these are good looking timepieces, and the red GMT hands on both the blue-dialed standard steel version and the military-style Night Mission are extremely easy to read and not easily confused with the hour or minute hand. The 24-hour scale, on the other hand, is a bit tiny and will require good eyes. This does mean that the uni-directional rotating bezel can still be used for a 60-minute timer — which, honestly, is rare for GMT watches of this pedigree. Also, there is the case size to contend with, which will make the Avenger Automatic GMT 45 watches too large for a lot of wrists. It is entirely likely that Breitling will make more versions in smaller cases in the future.

Georges Kern also mentioned that part of his new strategy moving forward will be to release fewer watches at a time. The Breitling Summit saw the debut of just 14 SKUs. In the past, the brand produced such a healthy variety of versions for each model that consumers got choice paralysis. They did so because different tastes around the world would prompt them to produce slightly different styles. Today, brands are a lot more aware of what sells and doesn’t, while also being mindful of not saturating the consumer or news markets with too much information at a time. That is my explanation of why Breitling seems to tease a new Avenger GMT watch concept with two models that feel like a slew of others might be hiding right behind the scenes. I personally like that the brands wants people to focus on just a few styles and color treatments at a time.
For 2019, Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 retired the Colt collection and has merged it in with Avenger. The watches always looked too similar, and the new Avenger collection actually has a whole new construction but still has that iconic look and feel of a modern Breitling. The cases are 45mm-wide and have real heft to them, thanks to the wide lugs. Given the width, they feel thin at just 12.3mm-thick, and the cases are water resistant to 30 meters with an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial.

Inside the watches, Breitling uses a sourced Swiss movement (base ETA 2893, I believe), which they call their Caliber 32 movement. It operates at 4Hz with about 42 hours of power reserve and also features the date, in addition to the time and 24-hour GMT hand for a second time zone display. Breitling has each of the movements COSC-Chronometer certified.
The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 comes in steel with a combo polished and brushed case design. It debuts exclusively with a blue dial and index-style hour markers with a case that is available either on a matching blue textile (leather-lined) strap or a handsome three-link steel bracelet (my choice). Things get a lot more interesting with the Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Night Mission with its black and khaki tan themes.

The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 is a handsome little devil in a black DLC-coated titanium case paired with a “sand” leather strap. The dial uses a mix of indexes and stencil-style hour markers, which has always made for a good look. I suppose one can criticize Breitling for being too cautious about design innovation at this stage in the brand’s operations — and you might be right. That said, Breilting today is doing a great job of boiling down the core Breitling aesthetics into very fashionable styles (even if they aren’t too original within the brand). Give it a few years and I think we will see more innovation when it comes to design from Mr. Kern. For the time being, I think he is still in the process of trying to distill the core essence of Breitling across the various brand pillars (Aviation 8, Navitimer, Premier, SuperOcean, etc…).

Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 42 Stainless Steel

While largely known as a maker of excellent pilot’s chronographs like the Navitimer and Chronomat, Breitling also has a stealthily great dive watch collection with its Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 42 Stainless Steel. The SuperOcean Heritage line is especially great, ranking among the best divers in the luxury watch industry for the past handful of years. Now, Breitling is looking to gain even more of a foothold in the space with a massive revamp of the standard SuperOcean line.

Breitling has unveiled a new version of the Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 42 Stainless Stee that’s inspired by the brand’s SuperOcean Slow Motion diver from the 1960s. While that watch was a chronograph, the new styles are standard three-hand automatics, but they feature a number of styling cues from the vintage piece, namely the high-contrast minute track, the broad indices, and the “paddle” handset. The watch also adds plenty of modern features, too, including a ceramic bezel insert, 300m of water resistance (Breitling notes the watch is also resistant to shocks, saltwater, and even sand), and power from Breitling’s Caliber 17 self-winding movement.

Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 42 Stainless Stee also made sure that everyone’s wrists and tastes are accounted for with this release — and we mean everyone. The watch comes in three metals: stainless steel, steel-gold, or bronze; four sizes: 36mm, 42mm, 44mm, and 46mm; and a ton of dial colors, including black, blue, white, green, orange, and a near-Tiffany blue — most of which are paired with various bezel and case material options. One of the standouts is the SuperOcean Automatic 42 Kelly Slater. Co-designed with the surfing legend, the watch is limited to 1,000 pieces and pairs an orange dial with a green rubber strap.

Breitling Navitimer B01 Swiss Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling has launched a new watch model that is exclusive to SWISS. The new Breitling Navitimer B01 SWISS Limited Edition will be restricted to just 700 pieces and is available for sale solely on selected SWISS routes. SWISS and Breitling have been partners for years and intensified their collaboration earlier this year to promote sustainable air travel.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is now offering its inflight guests the opportunity to acquire the new Breitling Navitimer B01 SWISS Limited Edition wristwatch. The launch of Breitling’s new watch model coincides with both the 70th anniversary of the company’s first iconic Navitimer chronograph and SWISS’s own 20th birthday.

The new model, produced in a limited edition of 700 pieces and available exclusively on selected SWISS long-haul routes, was jointly unveiled this Thursday morning by SWISS CEO Dieter Vranckx and Breitling CEO Georges Kern. The classic Breitling Navitimer aviator watch has proved hugely popular since the launch of its initial model back in 1952.
“SWISS and Breitling share the same values,” says SWISS CEO Dieter Vranckx. “Our brands are both bywords for the highest quality, and we both put a firm focus on the details. The new Navitimer SWISS Limited Edition excellently embodies all these characteristics. And I’m delighted that, to help mark our 20th anniversary, we can offer it exclusively to our SWISS inflight guests.”

Breitling CEO Georges Kern is equally pleased. “With our new SWISS Limited Edition,” he says, “we’re not just celebrating our Navitimer’s 70th birthday: we’re continuing our long-standing partnership with SWISS. Our shared Swiss roots and our passion for aviation have united us for years. And the latest version of this iconic watch marks a further milestone in our collaboration.”

The new Breitling Navitimer B01 SWISS Limited Edition incorporates the typical design details of the iconic Navitimer chronograph but is also unique in its own right. The sleek anthracite dial with its black chronograph counters is deftly accented with red elements echo SWISS’s hallmark red. The back of the watch bears an engraving of the SWISS logo and the inscription ‘ONE OF 700’ to confirm its limited-edition status. And the open caseback draws its inspiration from the engine of a Boeing 777-300ER.
Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling has launched a new watch model that is exclusive to SWISS. The new Navitimer B01 SWISS Limited Edition will be restricted to just 700 pieces and is available for sale solely on selected SWISS routes. SWISS and Breitling have been partners for years and intensified their collaboration earlier this year to promote sustainable air travel.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is now offering its inflight guests the opportunity to acquire the new Breitling Navitimer B01 SWISS Limited Edition wristwatch. The launch of Breitling’s new watch model coincides with both the 70th anniversary of the company’s first iconic Navitimer chronograph and SWISS’s own 20th birthday. The new model, produced in a limited edition of 700 pieces and available exclusively on selected SWISS long-haul routes, was jointly unveiled this Thursday morning by SWISS CEO Dieter Vranckx and Breitling CEO Georges Kern. The classic Breitling Navitimer aviator watch has proved hugely popular since the launch of its initial model back in 1952.

“SWISS and Breitling share the same values,” says SWISS CEO Dieter Vranckx. “Our brands are both bywords for the highest quality, and we both put a firm focus on the details. The new Navitimer SWISS Limited Edition excellently embodies all these characteristics. And I’m delighted that, to help mark our 20th anniversary, we can offer it exclusively to our SWISS inflight guests.”

Breitling CEO Georges Kern is equally pleased. “With our new SWISS Limited Edition,” he says, “we’re not just celebrating our Navitimer’s 70th birthday: we’re continuing our long-standing partnership with SWISS. Our shared Swiss roots and our passion for aviation have united us for years. And the latest version of this iconic watch marks a further milestone in our collaboration.”

The new Breitling Navitimer B01 SWISS Limited Edition incorporates the typical design details of the iconic Navitimer chronograph but is also unique in its own right. The sleek anthracite dial with its black chronograph counters is deftly accented with red elements echo SWISS’s hallmark red. A small aircraft also features on the central second hand. The back of the watch bears an engraving of the SWISS logo and the inscription ‘ONE OF 700’ to confirm its limited-edition status. And the open caseback draws its inspiration from the engine of a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS and Breitling have been official partners since 2016, bound by a passion for aviation and an uncompromising commitment to quality and precision. Earlier this year the partners intensified their collaboration in the sustainability field. Breitling now purchases sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for all its people’s business travel on SWISS flights. This makes Breitling the first SWISS corporate customer to commit to using SAF for all such business travel. By doing so, the company has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions generated through such travel activities by 80 per cent. Breitling also offsets the remaining CO2 emissions from such travel via investments in high-quality climate protection projects. In committing to using SAF, Breitling is not only significantly reducing its own carbon footprint: it is also making a vital contribution to promoting sustainable air travel.

Breitling Endurance Pro Premiers de Cordée

Il est clair que le « charity business » a tendance à se propager d’une façon inconsidérée dans des domaines pas toujours justifiés… En revanche en certaines occasions, il trouve parfaitement sa place. C’est le cas du partenariat entre la marque horlogère Breitling et l’association Premiers de Cordée.
Créée en 1999, cette association a pour vocation d’aider les enfants hospitalisés, avec pour objectif, le sport à l’hôpital.

L’association déploie régulièrement de nombreuses animations sportives dans le cadre du programme « Sport à l’Hôpital » avec l’aide de sportifs de haut niveau auprès des enfants qui se trouvent dans les établissements de soin. Breitling Endurance Pro Premiers de Cordée

Le sport véhicule des valeurs fortes dont la portée est universelle : cohésion, solidarité, combativité et respect.
L’objectif est multiple : faire vivre des moments magiques à des enfants malades pour les sortir de leur quotidien, mais surtout, miser sur le sport pour leur transmettre les valeurs d’entraide, de respect et d’exemplarité.

Il y a plus de vingt ans, des athlètes de haut niveau font un pari fou : introduire la pratique sportive auprès de ceux qui en sont le plus éloignés : les enfants malades et/ou en situation d’handicap.

L’idée est aussi belle que simple et efficace : transmettre les bienfaits du sport, ses valeurs de cohésion, de combativité et de respect directement sur les lieux de soins, principalement dans les hôpitaux.

Breitling Endurance Pro Premiers de Cordée est né de ce désir, celui du partage. Depuis, chaque année, l’association initie au sport plus de 8.000 enfants malades grâce à une équipe de 150 bénévoles et éducateurs sportifs.
Plus qu’une association, Premiers de Cordée est une authentique famille qui oeuvre aux côtés de grands champions devenus leurs ambassadeurs comme l’ancienne patineuse artistique Nathalie Péchalat, le rugbyman Maxime Médard, le handballeur Thierry Omeyer, la cycliste Marion Rousse ou encore, le coach Arsène Wenger.

Comme le souligne Edouard d’Arbaumont, directeur général de Breitling pour l’Europe du Sud « Le sport a toujours été une composante majeure dans l’histoire de Breitling. Le sport, ce n’est pas simplement les champions et les grandes compétitions. Le sport, c’est aussi une idée du collectif et de la générosité ».

Les actions menées par Breitling Endurance Pro Premiers de Cordée pour aider les enfants malades et en situation d’handicap sont remarquables et Breitling a souhaité s’engager auprès d’elle pour l’aider à poursuivre ses programmes d’initiation au sport dans les hôpitaux. Un engagement fort et juste.
Résultat : en 2021, le partenariat annuel avec Breitling a permis à l’association de récolter au total 290.000 euros dont l’objectif est d’initier les enfants malades dans les hôpitaux à la pratique sportive.

Cette année encore, la maison horlogère suisse maintient cette mission et annonce la poursuite de son partenariat avec cette association française dont elle partage la philosophie et le combat.

Pour poursuivre sur sa lancée après le lancement d’une Superocean aux couleurs de l’association en 2021, Breitling proposera cette année une montre Endurance Pro en série limitée et numérotée de 250 pièces aux couleurs du logo de Premiers de Cordée.

Une partie des recettes des ventes sera reversée à l’association. En plus d’un soutien financier, Breitling organisera de nouveau un dîner exceptionnel le lundi 14 novembre à La Samaritaine pendant lequel sera tenue une vente aux enchères par le commissaire-priseur Stéphane Aubert, de la Maison Artcurial, partenaire de cet événement.
Le menu de ce dîner unique sera préparé par son Squad de Chefs Juan Arbelaez, Denny Imbroisi et Julien Duboué.

Breitling Premier Heritage B21 Chronograph Tourbillon Willy Breitling

As a brand, Breitling is arguably best known for its fairly purpose-built tool watches such as the Navitimer and Superocean; however, there is also an entirely more refined side to Breitling’s catalog. Originally conceived during the height of World War II by Willy Breitling and officially launched in 1943, the Premier collection marked a significant departure from the various utilitarian timepieces that were primarily used by pilots and engineers during the era. Brought to life by Willy Breitling, who was the President of the brand at that time, the Breitling Premier collection offered an elegant and refined design that still retained all of the same functionality that had made the brand’s tool watches famous among aviators and other professionals who required a wristwatch with precision timing capabilities. The latest new release from Breitling is the Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 series, which consists of a trio of ultra-premium chronographs with precious metal cases, and each of the three models pays tribute to a different one of Breitling’s founding fathers.
Named after the company’s original founder, the Léon Breitling model features a solid 18k red-gold case fitted with a silver dial and brown alligator strap that features a matching red-gold fold-over clasp. Meanwhile, the Gaston Breitling version, which is named after Léon’s son, who served as the company’s President after him, swaps out the red-gold case for one made from 18k white gold and pairs it with an anthracite dial and a black alligator strap fitted with a clasp made from white gold. Lastly, the version named after Willy Breitling, who was Gaston’s son and the one responsible for bringing the Premier collection to life, receives a solid platinum case with an admiral blue dial and the same black alligator strap that appears on the Gaston Breitling edition.
Despite their differences, all three of the new Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 watches feature the same overall case design with its round profile and signature rectangular chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown at the 3 o’clock location. The cases themselves measure 42mm in diameter by 15.25mm thick, with 22mm lugs and an overall lug-to-lug distance of 50.03mm. Protecting the dials are cambered Sapphire crystals with an anti-glare treatment on both inner and outer surfaces, while the reverse side of the watches are fitted with screw-down exhibition style casebacks, which are fitted with large domed sapphire crystal display windows that offer a view of the inner workings of the self-winding movement that powers the trio of watches.
Similar to the cases, all three of the new Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 watches feature the same dial design, despite appearing in different colors. With a single 60-minute counter sitting at the 6 o’clock location and a tourbillon prominently displayed opposite it at 12 o’clock, the dial of the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 offers a perfectly symmetrical layout, which further plays into its refined overall aesthetic. Indicating the time are polished Arabic numeral hour markers (a signature trait of the Premier collection) and a set of syringe-shaped hands that appear in a metal tone that matches the case. A tachymeter scale is subtly printed along the dial’s periphery, while both the hour and minute hand receive Super-LumiNova inserts for added legibility in low-light conditions.
Powering all three versions of the Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 is the brand’s Caliber B21 automatic movement, which is produced in collaboration with the famous Swiss movement manufacturer La Joux-Perret. Running at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) and offering users a power reserve of approximately 55 hours, the Breitling Cal. B21 features a column wheel-controlled design with a horizontal clutch, and in addition to being a COSC-certified chronometer, the Cal. B21 features both its skeletonized oscillating weight and tourbillon crafted from contrasting solid gold.
As a trio of watches that pays tribute to the three most important individuals from the company’s history, the Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 is positioned as an ultra-premium option within the brand’s catalog, and with solid gold or platinum cases and a tourbillon-equipped chronograph movement, the new models certainly live up to that title. Both of the 18k gold versions (Léon and Gaston) are accompanied by an official retail price of $57,000 USD, while the Willy Breitling edition and its solid platinum case is priced at $67,000 USD. Additionally, despite their exclusive nature and luxurious case materials, none of the three Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 watches will be produced as limited editions, where production will be capped at a specific number. That being said, considering that all three of these tourbillon-equipped watches cost more than twice the price of most other solid gold Premier chronographs, it can only be assumed that production of these new models will be rather limited simply due to their ultra-premium positioning within Breitling’s overall lineup. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.

Breitling Super Chronomat B01 44

Having re-launched the Chronomat collection this time last year (with 32, 36, and 42mm models), Breitling is now following up with the full-fat option, the new Super Chronomat in a whopping 44mm case. That new size spans several new versions, including one with the UTC module bracelet, a version in 18k red gold, and a pair of references using Breitling’s uncommon Four-Year Calendar. The physical manifestation of “large and in-charge”, the new Breitling Super Chronomat is classic Breitling and a knowing nod to the brand’s long-standing dominance in the world of super-sized pilot’s chronographs.
For Breitling, tool watches are a core competency. And I think they are at their best when the brand isn’t afraid to be itself, with bold displays, bright colors, polished surfaces, baroque crowns, rider tabs, ana-digi layouts, and distinctive high-quality bracelets. The results don’t always fit my wrist, but the brand has an incredible history in sport watches and the return of the Chronomat speaks not to their postmodern legacy, but to something more modern. Born in 1984, the original Breitling Super Chronomat was a 39mm tribute to the era’s fascination with fast-flying jet aircraft. Based on a design created in 1983 for the Italian Jet Team Frecce Tricolori, the Chronomat spoke to the era of Top Gun (1986) and when the Blue Angels started flying the McDonnel Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (also 1986).
As a boy born in this era (also 1986), the peak of my social calendar was attending air shows – and some of my earliest memories of cool watches were imprinted on the grounds of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Funky Citizens, stoic Seikos, plenty of Rolex, and, of course, big brash Breitlings.

New for 2021, the Super Chronomat takes that original ’80s design and lights the afterburner. Versions available include the Super Chronomat B01 44 in black or blue (you can pick rubber, steel, or steel with the super rad UTC module), the B01 chrono in 18k red gold with a brown dial and bezel (again, your choice of bracelet or rubber), and the Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar in either black or blue/two-tone (same option of rubber or steel).
The pure chronographs (which have B01 in their name) are 44mm wide, 14.45mm thick, have display case backs, 200 meters of water resistance, and house Breitling’s B01 automatic COSC-certified chronograph movement with a column wheel and a vertical clutch. The bezels use ceramic inserts (the first time on a Chronomat) and the rider tabs at three and nine are swappable, allowing the bezel to be used for elapsed time or count down (this is a feature common to the original Chronomat).

As for the Breitling Super Chronomat Four-Year Calendar, sizing remains at 44mm but thickness is up a hair to 14.55mm. Water-resistance is down to 100 meters, and this calendar-packed Chronomat uses Breitling’s Caliber 19 movement. Based on an ETA 2892-A2, the Caliber 19 has been seen in several past models from Breitling and it uses a module to offer not only a chronograph but also a calendar movement that accounts for everything except leap year.
As with most complicated calendars (especially those packed into sport watches), there’s a lot going on in terms of dial design, and most of the sub-dials are running double duty to keep track of both a 12-hour chronograph measure and day, date, month, and moon phase. It’s an uncommon calendar execution, but I get the appeal, offering most of a perpetual calendar without all of the cost. To be clear, the Caliber 19 (which is sometimes identified by Breitling as the 1461) is not an annual calendar (which requires adjustment… annually). Rather, as the name suggests, the Four-Year Calendar would only need to be adjusted for Feb 29th.
Functionality aside, while I know that the 44mm sizing will be too big for my tastes (I will forever be more of a 40mm Aerospace kind of guy) the Super Chronomat looks good, but more importantly, it looks like a proper big Breitling.