March 28, 2014
Breitling‘s most iconic and famous model is the Navitimer. I’ve reviewed the Navitimer 01, which included for the first time the in-house manufacture Calibre 01 movement.
For 2014, Breitling makes two small, but important, changes to the already legendary model. First, the Navitimer gets an extra large version. The 46 mm cased model results in a larger timepiece that allows it to be more wearable over a pilot’s jacket and in keeping with some modern wristwatch tastes and trends.
Also, the Navitimer 46mm now includes a transparent case back to showcase the Calibre 01 movement. A limited edition of 200 pieces is also available in red gold.
Second, the Navitimer GMT manages to add a 24 hours second timezone while retaining the patented instrument-inspired busy dial that makes the Navitimer so unique. The additional texts for the 24 hours indices barely intrude on the busy dial; an additional red arrow hand gives quick indication of the hometime at a glance.
The GMT model comes in at a hefty 48 mm and uses the Calibre 04 in-house movement that allows quick adjustments of the hour hand (forward and backward) while traveling. Like the new 46 mm model, this one also includes a transparent case back and comes in a red gold limited edition of 200 pieces.
Finally, like all Breitling watches these new Navitimers are C.O.S.C. certified and can be customized with a variety of strap options such as calf or croco leather, rubber bands with different clasp or tang buckles. There is also a blue dial variation to the two new models. We will be sure to do hands on review of these new models and include prices once we get a chance to handle them live. breitling.com