In commemoration of the very first Breitling Summit held last week in London, Breitling have introduced a brand-new collection into the fore, as well three revamped additions in all three of their lines: Air, Land and Sea.
Throwback to the 1940s, and Breitling was the envy of the watch world, introducing their first collection of classical and elegant timepieces. Fast-forward to 2018, and under the guidance of Georges Kern, Breitling have reintroduced this timeless and eclectic collection back into the fore. There’s a variety of pieces and styles available, with each model presenting itself proudly as an evolutionary piece of Breitling’s future.
Breitling and Bentley have been synonymous with quality and prestige since their historic collaboration way back in 2003. This was the first time that a watchmaker was tasked with fitting an onboard clock into Bentley’s flagship model, the Continental GT. The latest piece is a celebration of that continued and renewed partnership, and it was definitely one of the highlights of the Breitling Summit.
The Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown is another collaborative piece, this time with the sustainable clothing company, Outerknown. Their commitment to improving the environmental conditions inspired Breitling to work with Outerknown, specifically regarding the Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown’s strap, made from ECONYLN yarn, a material created from nylon waste like fishing nets found in the world’s oceans. An awesome initiative, and a very cool piece.
The final piece of the puzzle is the Breitling Navitimer 1 B03 Rattrapante 45 Boutique Edition. Quite a mouthful, I know. But this is an immensely appealing piece, to me anyway. I spent some time with the Navitimer Rattrapante a fair while ago, and still, to this day, it resonates with me. I love the rattrapante, it’s one of my favourite complications, ever. And I love the Navitimer. So, for me, it works well on every single level, horologically speaking. Now, the Breitling Navitimer 1 B03 Rattrapante 45 Boutique Edition works in the same manner, from an emotional perspective. But to me it’s a far more intriguing, intuitive and enjoyable affair. The depth of darkness throughout the piece is both striking and alluring, and it plays very much to the beat of its own drum. A beast in disguise, or is it?