The aviation-themed classics is ready for another takeoff, this time rocking the split-second complication and a red gold case.
Few names in the watch world can rival the global respect and historical significance of Breitling Navitimer. This successful aviation-inspired design was more or less left untouched for decades, and still seems to be as fresh and classy as ever. With a three-eye layout, a fluted bidirectional rotating bezel, and a trademark circular slide rule in contrasting color, – this image is simply timeless. And when red gold of the 45-mm case, hands, and indices goes against the brushed gray dial with black sub-dials and a white outer ring, Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante becomes a perfect example of pure-blooded luxury.
The in-house automatic caliber B03 comes with one of the most prestigious complications in watchmaking – the rattrapante or split-chronograph. You can stop one central seconds hand, and the other would continue to measure its period, so you’ve got an option of tracking two events simultaneously. This time even the logo is playfully divided: the B counterweights the red chronograph hand, while the anchor sits on the split-second hand. The COSC chronometer-certified column wheel and vertical clutch movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback and has a power reserve of 70 hours.
Aside from a namesake rattrapante function, the Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante features central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9, a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a matching date window at 4:30. The piece comes on a black alligator leather strap and promises only basic 30-meter water resistance, so be sure not to take it to the swimming pool.
Feb. 06, 2020