“It is fair to say that after two years of pandemic and isolation, people are always yearning for the positive things in their lives that can not only lift their spirits but also those around them, ” Breitling CEO Georges Kern said GQ. “Breitling is one of the most colorful brands in this regard, and we are resolutely optimistic.”
The new Navitimers act directly into Kern’s story. They’re lively and bold, and boast modern tweaks that match what you’d describe as classic Navitimer ethos: circular slide rule, baton indexes, chronograph trio, and bezel Notched for easy grip.
Breitling carries on a 136-year legacy of tool watches, wristwatches, and watchmaking of its own, with updated Navigators attesting to what Kern describes as “design-inspired Breitling” from our rich history and offer modern functionality and technology . “And in the brand ambassador Giannis AntetokounmpoKern has a bright new member on the cheerleading squad to boost energy levels.
Kern tells us that for Antetokounmpo, “the idea of a modern, colorful version of an iconic watch with a 70-year history is fascinating.”
The new Navitimer comes in 46, 43 and 41mm sizes. Available in two case materials: 18-karat red gold and stainless steel, with a choice of strap: semi-shiny alligator leather or a more sophisticated metal bracelet. Inside, the updated Navitimer movement is equipped with the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which offers a running time of approximately 70 hours. It also comes with a safety net that comes with a five-year warranty.
Color is where the fun is, with dials in blue, green, black, white, and bronze. The fact that the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Specialist) wings return to their original positions at 12 o’clock is a call back for OG Navitimer lovers. But new believers and longtime fans will likely agree that Navitimer’s iconic status remains strong while evolving in the most exciting way possible.
This story originally ran on British GQ titled “Breitling knows how to have fun with an icon, as the latest Navitimers demonstrate”