The latest Breitling chronograph is one of those rare marvels of modern horology where a brand's heritage merges seamlessly with current technology.
The new limited edition Navitimer 1884 pilot's watch combines the company's famous circular slide rule dating from 1952, a calendar featuring a pointer-type date display and twin day/month apertures dating from the 1940s, and their state-of-the-art self-winding Caliber 21 movement.
The watch also features a knockout all-black dial made using a technique called “par épargne” on a solid silver base highlighted with red accents, giving it some racy modern panache.
The model also features a special 9 o’clock small seconds subdial providing an additional 24-hour “military-time” display much favored by pilots. Issued in a 1,884-piece limited series, the watch's 46 mm case bucks the smaller-watch trend in favor of optimum dial readability.
Strap-wise it's available with a leather or crocodile strap, as well as a vintage-style steel mesh bracelet and an all new black rubber strap featuring an aircraft tire-tread motif.
Strap one on, and prepare to fly high.