Last month, a completely new collection was announced for Breitling – the Navitimer 8. Â We’re used to seeing iterative designs, or additions to existing collections, of course. Â Something completely new coming in, though, that’s a different story. Â This is also the first major launch under their new CEO, Georges Kern. Â These watches pay homage to the Huit Aviation department the brand had, and comprises five new models. Â So, let’s see what the Breitling Navitimer 8 has in store for you.
The first one in the lineup is theÂ Breitling Navitimer 8 B01, which is a chronograph with some classic good looks. Â It also features an in-house movement (the Caliber 01) with COSC certification, which has the ratchet-wheel chronograph, as well as a power reserve of 70 hours. Â This is offered in stainless steel in a black or blue dial, on a bracelet ($8.350) or strap ($7,600), or in an 18k red gold case and bronze dial ($20.850).
Next up we would have theÂ Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime, which looks very much like like the world-timing watch that it is. Â It also falls closest to what I would consider the “modern Breitling look” which is to say it’s got a whole mess of text on it. Â Fortunately, it’s just on the chapter ring, which really is about the only way you can do this particular style and implementation of world time. Â Here, you’ve got the Caliber B35 allowing you to set the hour hand independently, and either a black or silver dial set into the 43mm case. Â Here, opting for the strap will set you backÂ $8,500, or you can go for the bracelet atÂ $9,250.
Heading back over to chronograph land, we’ve got the Navitimer 8 Chronograph. Â This has a bit more of a modern feel (as compared to the B01. Â Rather than the Caliber 01 movement that the B01 has, we instead have the Caliber 13 movement (only for those without triskaidekaphobia). Â Once again, we’ve got a 43mm case, either a blue or black dial, and the choice of a bracelet ($6,200) or a leather strap ($5,420).
And now we get to the part of the new Navitimer 8 collection that appeals more to me. Â The first of these two models is the Day & Date, which I can only presume folks will quickly resort to calling the Day-Date (just don’t call it that at your AD). Â Powered by the Caliber 45 automatic movement, you’ve got a good-sized day window up at 12 o’clock, and the date display down at 6 o’clock. Â In between that, you’ve got nothing that you don’t need – just a crisp and clean dial, easy to read in black or blue dial. Â Here again, you’ve got the choice of a strap ($4,070) or bracelet ($4,650).
Rounding things out, we come to where, in my book, I’ve saved the best for last – the Navitimer 8 Automatic. Â It’s “just” a simple three-hander with date display, but what a lovely way that they’ve implemented it here. Â While you might miss it at first glance, there is a rotating bezel present on the 41mm case, which would allow you to mark a time out as needed. Â Here, you’ve got the Caliber 17 doing the timekeeping, and the dial available – as with the other models – in blue or black. Â On the strap, you’ve got the most affordable option atÂ $3,850, or you can opt for the bracelet atÂ $4,450.
In my book, this is a particularly solid outing for the new collection, and I do like what we’re seeing here. Â There’s a little bit of something for everyone, from simpler complications up through chronographs, cleaner dials to simpler, vintage looks to more modern, steel to PVD or gold finishes. Â In the past, I’ve found myself drawn to the simpler vintage styles from Breitling, but I have quickly become a fan of the new Navitimer collection. Â breitling.com