After months of waiting, Breitling’s new pilot’s watch collection, the Navitimer 8, is finally arriving in Malaysia this month after it debuted in February at Baselworld this year. Well known for their long-standing relationship with the world of aviation, Breitling named the collection after its Huit Aviation Department, set up in 1938 specifically to produce onboard cockpit instruments and pilot’s watches.
‘Huit,’ the French word for ‘eight,’ was a reference to the eight-day power reserve most of these instruments had. The department prided itself on putting all its instruments under rigorous testing, which included extreme temperatures, shocks and vibrations. Before the outbreak of World War 2, the department’s products won the approval of many military aviators and even the Royal Air Force, who ordered a substantial amount of Huit’s chronographs to be fitted into their legendary aircraft.
The new Navitimer 8 collection draws heavily from the original blueprint of the Huit’s board clocks as well as implementing the same technical features found in the first pilot’s wristwatches. With this tribute to its distinguished heritage, Breitling adds five new exquisitely designed timepieces to its family.