I love machines, great and small, and much of the excitement for me of jetting off to foreign climes has always been the experience of flight. With a dash of old-world charm and a modern movement inside, Breitling returns to one of its core territories — aviation — with the new Super Avi B04 Chronograph GMT 46.
Dial into GMT and, for now, set your imaginary course for global pursuits with an entirely new family of military pilots’ watches designed to celebrate the distinctive identities of four legendary flying machines.
Where the Navitimer taps the realm of civil aviation of the 1950s-1970s, the Avi honours the brand’s roots as well as three spectacular flying machines from the 1930s and 1940s.
In the 1930s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation department established its reputation with pilots for its precision cockpit clocks, and in 1953 in wearable format with the Ref. 765 AVI. This pioneering pilot’s watch is the inspiration for the company’s Super AVI Collection: a stainless steel “Vought F4U Corsair” with blue dial; steel or 18K red gold “P-51 Mustang” (black dial); steel “De Havilland DH98 Mosquito” (black and white dial); and “Curtiss P-40 Warhawk” (green and white dial).
With true aviator style and technical specifications, they feature a ¼-second chronograph, 12-hour totalisers, and bold, 30-minute sub-dials. Large Arabic numerals are also a traditional feature, as is an oversized crown.
The self-winding manufacture Breitling B04 movement also tracks mission time and local time using the 24-hour marking on the inner bezel and the red-tipped GMT hand. And you can track a third time zone using the rotating bidirectional bezel. This COSC-certified movement also provides 70-hours of power reserve.
These throwback editions start at R177,900. See breitling.com or contact Breitling Boutique Sandton 011 883 2286.