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.

On-board chronographs and instruments for pilots, Breitling catalog, 1941.

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.

Navitimer 8 Automatic

The Navitimer 8 Automatic makes a style statement. It is clearly a direct descendent of Breitling’s legendary watches from the 1930s and 1940s. Inside the stainless-steel case with its rotating bezel and pointer is the Breitling Caliber 17, which, with its bidirectional rotor winder, delivers more than 40 hours of power reserve. The eye-catching dial is available in black or blue. The 41-millimeter COSC-certified chronometer has a solid screwed case back and is offered with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a leather strap with a pin buckle.

Navitimer 8 Day & Date

The Navitimer 8 Day & Date prominently displays the day of the week and the date along with the time. The day of the week is indicated at the 12 o’clock position while the date is ideally placed at 6 o’clock. The automatic wristwatch is powered by the Breitling Caliber 45, whose bidirectional rotor winding offers over 40 hours of power reserve. The dial, in black or blue, is revealed through a double anti-reflective sapphire glass. The 41-millimeter stainless-steel case has a solid screwed back. It comes with a leather strap with a pin buckle.

Navitimer 8 Unitime

The Navitimer 8 Unitime was designed with international travellers in mind. The automatic wristwatch offers world-time indication through an ingenious independent hour hand that can be adjusted with the crown. At the heart of the COSC-certified chronometer is the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B35, a self-winding movement, which, with its bidirectional ball-bearing rotor and two spring barrels, delivers a power reserve of more than 70 hours. The stunning dial is available in black or silver. The Navitimer 8 Unitime has a transparent sapphire case back. The 43-millimeter stainless-steel case with a rotating bezel comes with an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.

Navitimer 8 B01

The Navitimer 8 B01 is powered by the in-house Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. The self-winding, 43-millimeter watch has a ratchet-wheel chronograph with vertical coupling and a power reserve of more than 70 hours. The display features 30-minute and 12-hour counters and a date window. The highlight of this new range, the Navitimer 8 B01, is available in stainless steel with a black or blue dial, or in 18 k red gold with a bronze dial, each with the distinctive design elements of contrasting subdials. It is presented on a stainless steel bracelet or an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle. The COSC-certified chronometer has a transparent sapphire case back.

Navitimer 8 Chronograph

The Navitimer 8 Chronograph offers 30-minute and 12 hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively, along with a small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. It is accurate to a quarter of a second. The COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 13 chronometer movement is at the heart of this watch. It is wound automatically with the use of a unilateral ball-bearing rotor, delivering an autonomous running time of more than 42 hours. The 43-millimeter case is available in stainless steel with a leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet, or in DLC-coated steel paired with a leather strap with a pin buckle. The Navitimer 8 Chronograph has a solid, screwed case back.

Tengku Muzhaffar Petra
Watches and Culture Editor