Breitling Navitimer 8 B01
The first completely self-developed and -manufactured chronograph movement made its debut at Breitling just in time for the company’s 125th anniversary in 2009. Its tension spring supports a ball-bearing rotor highly efficiently in both directions of rotation. When the tension spring is fully wound, more than 70 hours of power reserve are available. This guarantees that the new Navitimer 8 B01 accurately displays hours, minutes, seconds, and date, even after a weekend tucked away in the vault. As befits a sophisticated mechanism of this kind, a classic control wheel operates the three chronograph functions start, stop, and reset. At the push of a button, an energy- saving friction coupling connects the stopwatch mechanism smoothly to the wheel mechanism.
Other pioneering features include a patented self- centering system with an innovative heart-shaped lever to reset the chronograph to zero. The deliberate restriction to just 346 components ensures longevity and high serviceability. All components are finely finished and assembled according to Breitling’s strict specifications. Balance and balance spring oscillate at four hertz. This means that time intervals can be precisely timed to within one fourth of a second. Before the ticking microcosm finds its resting place in one of the eye-catching new cases with bidirectional pointer bezel, it has to prove itself for 15 days in the official Swiss chronometer test. After successfully returning from the rigorous testing laboratories of the COSC, the watchmakers assemble the exquisitely designed dial with the hands, whose length and shape are exactly aligned with the dial.
On the wrist, the precise manufacture caliber can be identified by the arrangement of the permanent second, the positioning of the 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers, as well as the clearly readable window date positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock. The distinctive design element are the three contrasting subdials that add to the unmistakable statement of top-class chronograph performance with the Navitimer 8 B01. The three circular counters are distinctly offset in color.
There is a choice between a black or blue dial in the steel models. A bronze-colored version harmonizes perfectly with the precious red gold case. Double anti-reflective sapphire glass gently curves over the front in each version. On the back, the exclusive inner workings are displayed through a transparent sapphire case back. The steel Navitimer 8 B01 features either a leather strap with a pin buckle or a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp to give a secure and comfortable grip on the wrist. The solid gold version is only available with an alligator leather strap and pin buckle. Regardless of the case material, the Navitimer 8 B01 is water-resistant up to ten bar and is sure to catch the eye.
Breitling Navitimer 8 B01
Reference: AB011713 in stainless steel and RB011713 in 18 k red gold
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01
Diameter: 30 millimeters
Depth: 7.2 millimeters
Winder: automatic with dual-acting ball-bearing rotor
Power reserve: at least 70 hours
Number of components: 346
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: ratchet wheel control, vertical coupling, 30-minute and 12-hour counter
Display: hour, minute, second, window date
Material: stainless steel or 18 k red gold
Diameter: 43 millimeters
Height: 13.97 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Case back: screwed steel, sapphire glass
Bezel: with pointer, bidirectional
Stainless steel models: Black or blue with contrasting fields for permanent seconds and totalizers
Gold model: Bronze-colored
Stainless steel models: Leather strap with pin buckle or stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
Gold model: Brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle
The price for the Breitling Navitimer 8 B01 will be CHF7,100.
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