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The History Behind the Breitling Navitimer Watch When Collide with the Dream of Flying in the Blue Sky

The world is always contradictory. For example, how many people who like wearing navitimer watches have never stepped into the cockpit? How many flight enthusiasts or private jet owners flying in the sky have not yet owned a real Navitimer watch? In order to alleviate this contradiction, I will only tell the the History Behind the Breitling Navitimer Watch When Collide with the Dream of Flying in the Blue Sky.

Breitling Navitimer World 46 MM Wristwatch

The professional Navitimer watch brand Breitling’s original circular flight slider, known as the “Navitimer Computer”, enables pilots to complete all flight-related calculations easily and quickly. Therefore, it is widely sought after by pilots and flight enthusiasts.

With the development of the world aviation industry, pilots need accurate and reliable instruments to assist safe flight.

As early as 1936, Breitling joined hands with the Royal Air Force to become its designated supplier and as the official watch of the World Association of Pilots (AOPA), and had a long-term and close cooperation with the international aviation community. To this end, the circular flight slider is designed to be a precision instrument that can help pilots complete all the calculations required to develop a flight plan and perform navigation. It is characterized by the design of the three most commonly used distance units in aeronautics: the “statutory miles”, “km” and “nautical miles”, as long as a number on the outer ring scale is aligned with one of these signs. The corresponding values of the other two units of the number can be read at a glance, which is unanimously favored by aviation professionals.

In 1952, Breitling assembled the circular flight slider onto the watch, named “Navitimer”, an abbreviation for “navigation” and “timer”. This sophisticated chronograph has many functions, and its basic principle is not complicated. It is a simple multiplication and division operation through the relative rotation of the inner and outer two scale circles, and thus derives many flight practical functions, such as average speed, flight distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, conversion of kilometers and miles or nautical miles, and even related calculations in daily life.

Today, this Navitimer World watch with a circular flight slider adds a new practical feature to its unique features–a dual time zone display with two hour hands in the center of the dial, respectively indicating the local time and domestic time by 12-hour time system and the 24-hour time system. Even in a complex and ever-changing space environment, pilots can easily identify day and night. The time zone of the world’s major cities is engraved. It is also a large model in the aeronautical chronograph series, with a large diameter of 46 mm, while maintaining excellent wearing comfort.

How to Use the Flight Slider:

  1. The Breitling movements have passed the rigorous Swiss Offical Chronometer Control (COSC), “100% ProduceChronometer Watch”,
  2. [Multiplication of two numbers] If 12×7 is to be calculated, the outer ring scale 12 is rotated to the position corresponding to the inner ring scale 10, and the outer ring value 84 corresponding to the inner ring scale 7 is the result of 12×7.
  3. [Dividing two numbers] To calculate 120÷4, simply rotate the outer ring scale 12 (=120) to the inner ring scale 40 (=4). At this time, the inner ring scale 10 corresponds to the outer ring. The value 30 is the result of 120÷4.
  4. [Distance Unit Conversion] To convert 1800 miles into kilometers or nautical miles, simply rotate the outer ring scale 18 (ie 1800) to the red circle of the inner circle (STAT). At this time, the inner circle is red. The outer ring value 29 corresponding to the reference scale (KM) means 2900 km of conversion, and the outer ring value of the inner circle red nautical reference mark (NAUT) is 15.6 nautical miles.

Whether it is an airplane or a flying watch, or both, or neither, it is meaningless. What is important is that we all have a heart of “flying”.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green Extends the Relationship Between Breitling and Bentley, Opening a New Chapter in the Future

A Roll of Proud History, a Personal Feeling

Breitling has an indissoluble bond with the automotive industry for many years. Its airborne on-board timer, introduced as early as 1931, is also designed for use in car dashboards. Not only that, there is a personal feeling between Bentley and Breitling that dates back 70 years. Inventor of the second far-sighted independent timing button, the third generation of the brand’s founder, Willy Breitling, also a loyal owner of Bentley. Since the late 1940s, it has often been seen that this fashionable watchmaker drove one of his many Bentley cars between Geneva and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Bentley Goes to Le Mans

Bentley is not only known for its luxury road cars, but also has a brilliant history of racing. Between 1924 and 1930, the famous “Bentley Boy” once won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Moreover, this success does not stop just in the past. In 2003, Bentley returned to Le Mans and took another runner-up. At this year’s world-renowned endurance event, Breitling was not only fortunate to be the main sponsor of the Bentley team, but also created a limited edition “Bentley Le Mans” chronograph to celebrate the event.

Breitling and Bentley: both Elegance and Luxury

Breitling has long been known for its sturdy “professional wristwatch”, but it has also created many elegant and luxurious watches with a wider audience. On the occasion of Breitling and Bentley’s intensive exploration of how to write a new chapter in partnership, these two classic brands are looking forward to sharing all kinds of sophisticated new products with all the friends, and once again making a self introduction to the eyes of exquisite people around the world.

Breitling is proud to announce a new chapter in cooperation with the famous British luxury car manufacturer Bentley. The cooperation between the two brands began in 2003. At the time, Breitling was the first watch manufacturer to design a car timer for the Bentley flagship Continental GT.

Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, is excited to continue his collaboration with Bentley. He said: “Bentley and Breitling have a highly consistent value. Both brands are known for their quality, performance and excellent design, and they are able to create a strong historical heritage in their respective fields. It is even more gratifying to write a new chapter on the history of the relationship.”

While celebrating the long-term relationship with Bentley, Breitling announced that it will add the Bentley Special Edition to its existing core product line, rather than just launching a separate Breitling for Bentley. Among the various extraordinary watches that are planned to be launched, the first one to be launched is the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Steel Green AB0118A11L1X1. With an amazing 70-hour power reserve, this watch features the Breitling flagship homemade 01 movement and is unobstructed through a unique transparent back with a metal Bentley logo. The series of timepieces also have the engraving seal of the word “Bentley”, which was inspired by the 1929 Bentley “Blower” instrument panel with supercharged power.

Exquisite Dial

This watch has a striking British racing green dial with a matching British racing green leather strap or steel bracelet. The two sub-dials in sharp contrast to the dial are at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and the date window is at 6 o’clock.

Special Meaning

Bentley will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, and Breitling plans to launch a special limited edition timepiece to pay tribute to the history of its partners’ century-old luxury car manufacturing.

In 2002, Adrian Hallmark, the Bentley sales and marketing director, signed a cooperation agreement with Breitling on behalf of the brand. He has become the chairman and CEO of Bentley. He said: “The long-lasting cooperation between Bentley and Breitling is a brilliant example. It shows us how the two brands that are cherishing each other make the two sides in a reliable way. The performance is icing on the cake. As the 100th anniversary celebration approaches, we certainly have to commemorate the success of the past, but more importantly, we must look forward to the future with enthusiasm for innovation. We have the same technology and exquisiteness as we do with Breitling. Craftsmanship and pioneering spirits will undoubtedly add confidence to our path ahead.”