An addition to the new models introduced before the upcoming Baselworld 2018 came from Breitling. The new model Breitling Navitimer 8 B01, which is inspired by the brand’s vintage models, is the first product that was designed under the management of the brand’s new CEO –George Kern.
George Kern has been resigned from Richemont Group last July and surprisingly became the new CEO of Breitling. The first model introduced after Kern seems to make a promising start before Baselworld.
The new Breitling Navitimer 8 B01 is offers retro inspired design details. The name, Breitling 8, comes from the Huit Aviation Department (huit meaning "eight" in French) that Breitling arranged in the 30s to manufacture onboard chronographs for aviators. At the time, the name referred to the highly efficient eight days of power reserve of the instruments.
The model comes in a stainless steel case measuring 43mm in diameter and 14.5mm in height. The case is equipped with a vintage style coin edge rotating bezel and it is water resistant to 100 meters.
The dial of the new model is designed in reverse Panda style with white sub-counters over black background. The date display is located between 4 and 5 o’clock and equipped with a white font over black background date disk.
The new model is powered by the manufacture Caliber B01. 46 jewels self-winding movement beats at 4Hz and offers 70 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The movement is also COSC certified.
Breitling Navitimer 8 B01 comes on a black alligator strap that is secured by a stainless steel buckle. The MSRP is 7,100 CHF.