Since its inception in 1884, Swiss watchmaker Breitling has carved out a permanent place for itself in the luxury accessories market. Renewed for its precision- made chronometers, superior aesthetics and premium price tags, Breitling has become synonymous with sophistication, class and cutting-edge technology. With 2019 seeing the brand revisit some classic faces from the past, as well as putting a contemporary twist on last year’s catalog, it’s time to take a look at which of this year’s offerings are most worthy of splashing your cash on.
10. Breitling Avenger Blackbird
Offering impeccable performance and functionality, the Breitling Avenger has a masculine, military- inspired style and an impressive array of functions. The light, durable titanium case is accompanied by a dial with excellent legibility and an anthracite strap in a comfortable, durable fabric. The unidirectional rotating bezel with rider tabs offers precise recording of flight and dive times, making it easy to see why this year-on-year favorite is such a hit with pilots and sports professionals.
9. Breitling Super Avenger
If you’re looking for a big, bold timepiece, the Breitling Super Avenger may be just the ticket. With a case diameter of 48mm and excellent readability, the Super Avenger manages to combine excellent performance with an elegant style. A traditional favorite among pilots, the Avenger offers unrivaled reliability and robustness, with inbuilt shock resistance, water resistance to 300m and a chronometer-certified self-winding chronograph caliber. Style-wise, the 2019 model comes with the option of a black, blue or grey dial, and a choice between a durable rubber strap or an equally hardy metal bracelet.
8. Breitling Navitimer World
Featuring a timeless design, a mile-long list of functions and a sleek, compact body, the Navitimer World is a classic timepiece that makes the perfect addition to any traveler’s arsenal. The brown leather strap with crocodile pattern is offset with a tang buckle clasp, while the sapphire-crystal dial window is completed with a silver dial and round clock face. Features include an automatic self-wind movement comprising of 25 hand placed jewels, a 42-hour power reserve, a chronograph and date display, and GMT and slide rule features. Other noteworthy additions include a water resistance depth of 300 meters and a scratch resistant surface.
7. Breitling Exospace B55
Fans of technology will love the Breitling Exospace B55. Combining the accuracy of analog timekeeping with precision instrumentation, the Exospace B55 features a SuperQuartz movement with a range of smartphone enabled, Bluetooth compatible functions specially designed for pilots and yachtsmen. The design is sporty, bold and sturdy, while in terms of functionality, we’re looking at an electronic tachymeter, a ”countdown/countup“ system, and a “chrono flight” and “chrono regattaare” device for recording flight times.
6. Breitling Colt Skyracer
Versatile, sleek and lightweight, the Breitling Colt Skyracer may be one of the cheapest watches in the 2019 Breitling catalog, but don’t mistake the low price for low quality. Featuring exceptional functionality, COSC chronometer-certified, thermocompensated caliber Breitling 74 SuperQuartz movement, a sturdy brushed polymer case with excellent resistance to scratches and corrosion, a comfortable rubber strap, a highly legible dial, and a no- nonsense, sporty design, the Colt Skyracer is a solid choice for anyone looking for a durable, reliable and comfortable timepiece.
5. Breitling Cockpit B50 Black Titanium
Featuring an exclusive SuperQuartz caliber with both analog and digital displays, flyback functions, a perpetual calendar, two alarms, a countdown timer with alarm, an electronic tachymeter, and a ”countdown/countup“ system, the Breitling Cockpit B50 Black Titanium has more functions than you’ll know what to do with. Frequent travelers will be pleased with Breitling’s use of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which allows the easy conversion of time zones. In terms of design, the watch features a durable orange strap with folding clasp and a large, legible clock face. If you like the sound of the timepiece, you’ll need to be quick… as Watchuseek notes, 2019 production is limited to an exclusive batch of 213 pieces.
4. Breitling Superocean II
Marketed as the classic dive watch, the Breitling Superocean II is, as Watch Ideas notes, built for durability. With 1000m water resistance, a scratch proof blue/black dial with luminescent features and excellent readability, a bi-direction bezal with rubber insert and a Cailber 17 ETA 2824 self-winding movement, the Superocean II has all the design features you could possibly want from a premium timepiece.
3. Breitling Navitimer 01 Blue Dial
It might be one of the costliest options in the 2019 Breitling line, but for consumers looking for an elegant timepiece with exceptional accuracy and functionality, the Breitling Navitimer Chronograph is money well spent. The legendary heirloom grade chronograph features a self-winding automatic officially certified chronometer movement, a stainless-steel case, aurora blue dial with tachymeter scale and index hour markers, luminescent stainless- steel outlined hands for enhanced legibility, and a stainless-steel bracelet with fliplock buckle. Frequent flyers will appreciate the red-tipped central hand, which can show the time of any destination, and the case-back engraved with the time zones of all major cities. With a stylish black alligator or leather strap, the Breitling Navitimer 01 Blue Dial is one of the best examples of what happens when style meets function.
2. Breitling Navitimer 806
The 2019 Breitling Navitimer 806 re-edition faithfully reproduces the design of the original 1959 Navitimer, with a matching stainless-steel case, identical dimensions, and the same Breitling inscription on its dial. Like the original, this classic aviation watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09 and features a black dial with tone-on-tone small second, 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters. The only difference between the re-edition and the original is increased water resistance and a Super-LumiNova coating for durability. With such close attention to detail, the Navitimer 809 is guaranteed to appeal to fans of vintage timepieces. As Esquire notes, “This one’s going to fly”.
1. Breitling Chronomat B01
Featuring a polished steel and rose gold strap, a striking black dial and an 18ct rose gold and stainless-steel case, the Chronomat B01 is a thing of beauty indeed. The luxurious aesthetics are equally matched by its impeccable functionality… with water resistance to a depth of 500m, a chronometer certified, column-wheel chronograph movement with a power reserve of 70 hours, accuracy to a maximum deviation of -4 and +6 seconds, an easily legible clock face, second time zone display, a unidirectional rotating bezel with 240 ratchets and, last but not least, Kif shock absorption, it’s easy to why the 2019 edition of this elegant timepiece is set to be a mainstay among air squadrons, sports professionals and watch enthusiasts the world over.