Breitling Celebrates 140 Years of Aviation and Space Legacy with New Releases

by | Jun 21, 2024 | Style

Breitling, a name synonymous with precision and innovation in timekeeping, is celebrating its 140th anniversary with a series of new releases that honour its rich heritage in aviation and space exploration. The renowned watchmaker has unveiled the Navitimer GMT and Automatic 41, alongside a limited-edition self-winding Cosmonaute, highlighting the brand’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

A Legacy of Innovation

Breitling’s history is marked by numerous groundbreaking achievements. This year, the brand is commemorating its 140th anniversary by highlighting its significant contributions to timekeeping across air, land, and sea, as well as its strides in sustainability. Central to this celebration are two iconic timepieces: the Navitimer and the Cosmonaute.

The Navitimer, introduced in 1952, was the first wristwatch for pilots to feature a chronograph and a computational slide rule, revolutionising aviation timekeeping. The Cosmonaute, a 24-hour version of the Navitimer, holds the distinction of being the first Swiss wristwatch to journey into space, worn by astronaut Scott Carpenter during his 1962 Mercury mission.

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The New Navitimer GMT and Automatic 41

In continuing its legacy, Breitling has introduced updated versions of the Navitimer. The new Navitimer GMT and Automatic 41 combine the iconic design of the original with modern enhancements, featuring a 41-mm size that makes them versatile for everyday wear.

These new models retain the Navitimer’s signature look, but without the chronograph, resulting in a more streamlined dial. The GMT features a central 24-hour scale, while the Automatic boasts a clean, uncluttered face. Both models are enhanced with a notched bezel and alternating polished and brushed finishes, offering a dynamic visual appeal.

Available in a range of colours including black, blue, silver, ice blue, and green, these watches come in stainless steel or 18k red gold, with a two-tone option for the Automatic. The gold versions adhere to the Swiss Better Gold Association’s standards for responsibly mined gold, reflecting Breitling’s commitment to sustainability.

The Limited-Edition Self-Winding Cosmonaute

Breitling is also celebrating its space heritage with a new limited-edition Cosmonaute. This 24-hour timepiece, limited to 250 pieces, features a self-winding chronograph movement, the Breitling manufacture calibre B12. Encased in 18k red gold with a deep green dial and golden numerals, this watch combines elegance with a storied history.

The caseback of the Cosmonaute reveals the B12 movement through an open design, showcasing intricate craftsmanship. Each watch is engraved with “One of 250” and a tribute to its historic journey into space.

Erling Haaland Joins the Navitimer Campaign

Erling Haaland for Breitlig
Erling Haaland

Adding to the excitement of the anniversary, Breitling has introduced football superstar Erling Haaland as the latest member of the Navitimer Squad. Haaland joins a prestigious group including basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, explorer Bertrand Piccard, and actor Charlize Theron in the “NAVITIMER – FOR THE JOURNEY” campaign.

Haaland, a Breitling ambassador since 2022, expressed his enthusiasm: “I’m super proud to be representing Breitling’s icon. People are going to be surprised this year when they see how many ‘firsts’ Breitling has under its belt. It’s been a gamechanger in so many ways.”

Looking Ahead

As Breitling marks its 140th year, the brand continues to honour its pioneering spirit while looking forward to innovations. The Navitimer GMT and Automatic 41, along with the limited-edition Cosmonaute, embody Breitling’s blend of heritage and modernity, making them perfect for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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Check out the Breitling website here for further information on the new Navitimers.

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