For 2023, Breitling expands its popular Navitimer collection with a pair of compact iterations. For the splashy release, the Breitling Navitimer 36 and 32 watches will be at the center of the new Navitimer – For the Journey campaign, starring Charlize Theron. Available in a multitude of metals, dial colors, and strap and bracelet choices, there’s no shortage of options for those looking for smaller and dressier versions of the Navitimer.
Both versions retain the iconic beaded bezels of early Navitimer models but forgo the chronograph complication in favor of a straightforward time-only display. Furthermore, while the Navitimer 36 does hold on to the signature bi-directional slide rule (and yes, you can use a slide rule without a chronograph), Breitling opted for a simpler minute/seconds track on the dial periphery of the Navitimer 32. Regardless of the size, both size options are comfortable on the wrist.
The cases of the larger of the two new Navitimer watches measure 36mm in diameter, 11.42mm in thickness, and 41.77mm lug-to-lug. Breitling offers these new Navitimer 36 watches in stainless steel, red gold, and two-tone steel and red gold variations. The steel models are offered with a choice of mint green, silver, and anthracite dials, all punctuated with baton-style indexes. Alternatively, the red gold and two-tone editions are furnished with white mother-of-pearl dials with diamond hour markers. In customary Breitling fashion, the watches can come with either a seven-row bracelet to match the case or an alligator leather strap in various shades like green, Bordeaux, anthracite, and brown.
Inside the latest Breitling Navitimer 36 watches is the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 17 automatic movement with around 38 hours of power reserve. Finally, the watches, which have cambered sapphire crystals protecting the dials and screw-down casebacks shielding the movements, are water-resistant to 30 meters. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an automatic smaller version of a time-only Navitimer; Sean Lorentzen wrote about the release of the Navitimer Automatic 35 back in 2020.
Moving on to the Navitimer 32, these smaller cases measure 32mm in diameter, 8mm in thickness, and 37.52mm lug-to-lug. Although the metal options of the Navitimer 32 are identical to its big sister, all of these watches come with diamond hour markers regardless of the case material. Dial choices include pink, white, or light-blue mother-of-pearl on the steel variants and white mother-of-pearl on the red-gold and two-tone designs. The pink and blue mother-of-pearl dials, which are a first for the brand, look especially lovely in person, benefitting from the organic iridescence that’s characteristic of nacre. The Navitimer 32 watches run on the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 77 SuperQuartz movement and their cases are water-resistant to 50 meters.
We’re seeing more watch brands tackle sustainability issues in a variety of ways. According to Breitling, the brand is on a mission to do better. As such, the diamonds used on the Navitimer 36 and 32 watches are lab-grown and traceable to accredited producers who have achieved the SCS-007 Sustainability Rated Diamonds Standard. Moreover, the precious metal versions use “better gold”, which is also traceable, but this time to artisanal and small-scale mines that meet the Swiss Better Gold Association’s criteria for social and environmental impact. Any of the newest Navitimer 36 and 32 watches that include “better gold” and/or lab-grown diamonds carry an Origins label as proof of product integrity.
If you’re familiar with Breitling marketing, you would have no doubt come across the brand’s various “squads,” which are groups of ambassadors from sporting, entertainment, aviation, and conservation fields, selected to be the face of select Breitling watches. Academy Award-winning actor Charlize Theron is the face of the new Navitimer 36 and 32 watches, appearing in the Navitimer – For the Journey campaign.
Commenting on the new watches and campaign, Breitling CEO Georges Kern says, “You can spot someone from across a room and know they are wearing a Navitimer. It’s just that recognizable. Charlize Theron so wonderfully represents this line because she, too, is an icon known the world over for her strength, beauty, talent, and powerful journey.”
I’m always happy to see new women’s luxury watches hit the market — the more the merrier. Breitling has consistently been a brand with a more generous offering for its women clientele, not only covering both mechanical and quartz segments but also with an assortment of sizes, materials, functions, and designs to choose from. These new Navitimers continue that path, and will likely attract new customers to discover Breitling’s abundant assortment of attractive watches. Prices for the latest Breitling Navitimer 36 automatic watches are as follows: $5,000 USD for steel and leather models, $5,300 USD for full steel models, $7,250 USD for two-tone and leather models, $9,650 USD for full two-tone models, $12,950 USD for gold and leather models, and $33,000 USD for full gold models. On the other hand, the Breitling Navitimer 32 quartz watches are priced at $4,300 USD for steel and leather models, $4,600 USD for full steel models, $5,600 USD for two-tone and leather models, $7,900 USD for full two-tone models, $9,400 USD for gold and leather models, and $22,000 USD for full gold models. For more information on the new Breitling Navitimer 36 and 32 watches, please visit the brand’s website.