Breitling is known across the globe for its chronographs and strong links to aviation, and the world-renowned Swiss watch brand proves once again why with the launch of its new pilot’s watch collection: the Navitimer 8.
Carrying a long line of watchmaking history, the collection’s 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.
Breitling’s latest watch range includes five models, each with their very own design code, namely Navitimer 8 B01, Navitimer 8 Unitime, Navitimer 8 Chronograph, Navitimer 8 Day & Date, and Navitimer 8 Automatic.
All the models sport eye-catching case with typical notches on the bezel, contrasting satin and bezel surfaces, and artfully shaped lugs. On the dial are large luminescent Arabic numerals, small triangles, long minute markers, and skeletonized minute and hours hands. They also feature similar bidirectional rotating bezel and a handy glass rim with practical pointer, and are water-resistant up to 10 meters.
Breitling showcased the new Navitimer 8 collection, along with 60 vintage Breitling timepieces, in an exhibit during the grand launch in Shanghai.
The company’s new global CEO Georges Kern was present to welcome the over 300 guests from Greater China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
Chinese actor and director Stephen Fung, Chinese actor Yang Shuo, and Korean actor Ji-Sung also graced the festivities to share their passion for the brand.
Following the Shanghai launch, Breitling will hold similar debut events for the Navitimer 8 collection in Zurich and New York City soon.