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Words Felix Bischof 
and Alexandra Zagalsky

BREITLING NAVITIMER 8 SUPER 8 B20 AUTOMATIC 50

New boss plays on historic ties with aviation

WITH NEW CEO Georges Kern at the helm of Breitling, things are changing for the Swiss house. The new boss, who previously held the top job at IWC, has pledged to make more of the brand’s rich ties with aviation, focusing on pilot watches and on-board instruments from the 1930s and ’40s.

This mighty 50mm ‘Super 8’ watch, with notched bidirectional and rotating bezel, is a nod to one such vintage piece that would originally have been strapped to the thighs of WW2 bomber pilots. Unusually, the prominent screw- locked crown is positioned on the left side of the case – it was designed this way to allow for easy adjustment during a flight. While the Super 8 is not a chronograph, a red triangular pointer on the inside flange of the rotating bezel can be used along with the hands to monitor elapsed time.

The watch has divided opinion because of its large size and absence of a stopwatch, but it’s certainly a brave move on Breitling’s part. It signals a new chapter in the brand’s rich history of aviation timepieces, and this alone makes it quite the landmark release. The Super 8 is available in titanium with a green dial, or steel with black dial.

 

 

IWC BIG PILOT’S WATCH ANNUAL CALENDAR

Released to celebrate IWC’s anniversary and limited to 150 models, its newest addition features a large, 46.2mm stainless steel case, blue lacquer-finish dial and rhodium-plated hands. Fitted with an exhibition caseback displaying movement and the Jubilee medallion inlaid rotor, the watch also boasts an annual calendar complication. Keeping track of month, date and day of the week in US-format, it requires one annual adjustment each February.