By Kien Lee
Breitling's Navitimer watch is one of the most recognizable timepieces on the planet. Its legacy began in 1952 as a tool watch for pilot, and over the last 70 years it has become a must-have on collectors' lists.
Now Breitling has expanded its universe of offerings, introducing new sizes for the Navitimer that extends its iconic timepiece to a whole new demographic. With the 36 mm and 32 mm case sizes, the Navitimer now comes with pops of pastel, mother-of-pearl, and traceable precious materials complemented by the model’s distinct beaded bezel to create timepieces.
Charlize Theron and Misty Copeland join Breitling in launch of new Navitimer 36 and 32 in New York City
The campaign for the Navitimer 36 and 32 stars Academy Award-winning actor Charlize Theron who shares the personal journey that took her from remote South Africa to the international A-list. Theron’s NAVITIMER – FOR THE JOURNEY campaign is part of an intimate series told by Breitling’s brand ambassadors in their own words.
The Navitimer Automatic 36 - bedazzled with jewellery
The 36 mm Navitimer retains its signature beaded bezel and iconic circular slide rule, and is now offered in three chic metallic dial colors of mint green, silver, and anthracite. The dial features baton indexes, or with a white mother-of-pearl dial set with round-cut “better diamonds” - these diamonds are lab-grown and traceable to accredited producers who have achieved the SCS-007 Sustainability Rated Diamonds Standard. Similarly, the full-gold version and gold bezel on the duo-tone are crafted in “better gold”, traceable to artisanal and small-scale mines that meet the Swiss Better Gold Association’s criteria for social and environmental impact.
All watches in the line that feature better gold, better diamonds, or both, carry the Origins label, a marker of their precious materials’ product integrity.
The Navitimer 36 is powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 17, providing three-hand time and automatic winding.
The Navitimer 32 - for a flawless style
This dazzling new interpretation of the classic aviation watch forgoes the slide rule in favor of a simplified dial design suited to its slim diameter.
The 32 mm timepiece is offered with mother-of-pearl dials in powdery pink and light-blue — a first for Breitling — along with classic white. As with the larger 36, the 32 features "better diamonds" across the line as well as "better gold" on the full-gold version and on the bezel of the duo-tone. They all carry the Origins label.
The power behind this watch comes from the Breitling Caliber 77, a supremely precise SuperQuartz™ movement that, as with all of Breitling’s quartz calibers, has the added distinction of being COSC-certified. It also features a 50-meter (5-bar) water resistance, impressive for a watch this size.
Charlize Theron for NAVITIMER – FOR THE JOURNEY
Breitling celebrates this significance in the NAVITIMER – FOR THE JOURNEY campaign. It stars the Navitimer Squad, made up of basketball superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, principal dancer Misty Copeland, aviation pioneer Bertrand Piccard—and now, Academy Award winning actor Charlize Theron, the face of the new Navitimer 36 and 32.
“My journey has always been about being up for any challenge,” says Theron. “I travelled from South Africa to Los Angeles when I was quite young and both that physical journey and the journey of being open-minded and ready for new experiences has served me well personally and professionally.”
I’ve learned that I’m braver than I think I am. I don’t want to take a role that doesn’t keep me up at night or leave me sitting in my trailer panicked an hour before I have to go out and perform. That’s the beauty of this path I’m on. It’s the thrill of the unknown. It’s that one day you get a call that changes your whole life."