Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 Watch Hands-On

Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 Watch Hands-On

One of the peruser comments on my anecdote about the best ten women’s watches of BaselWorld 2018 was incredulous of the bling factor in a portion of my decisions (with all due respect, these were the “showpieces” of the occasion, and I was unable to forget about them), commenting that the ladies watch enthusiasts with whom he is familiar would prefer to have an extraordinary men’s watch. All things considered, this post is for him. Or on the other hand more direct, the Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 is for him, or his female companions. It is a downsized, somewhat upgraded adaptation of a famous men’s watch from Breitling with an extraordinary development, a lively look, and vintage styling – something you don’t see that frequently on a women’s watch.

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Breitling’s redo, painstakingly turned out in the course of recent months by new CEO Georges Kern and CVC Capital Partners, does exclude another women’s assortment – not yet. It does anyway incorporate the first of what are probably going to be more modest forms of the upgraded men’s models. The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 was roused by a Navitimer from the 1950s called the Reference 66, a three-hand watch. The nonappearance of chronograph sub-dials makes the dial cleaner than the cutting edge Navitimer , yet the consideration of a slide rule makes it less so than the much-praised Navitimer 8, presented in the fall. The beaded bezel, which is fairly embellishing in my view, brings some relief from the specialized look of the slide rule and the red-tipped seconds hand. It contains the Breitling automatic Caliber 17 (an ETA 2824-2 base) with COSC chronometer affirmation and a 40-hour power reserve.


To help patch up the Breitling assortment, Kern got Guy Bove, who, as inventive chief at Chopard for as far back as 10 years, was instrumental in dispatching that company’s L.U.C assortment of premium watches with in-house developments. Prior to that, he worked for Kern for a very long time at IWC, a better quality, yet less obvious games watch brand claimed by the Richemont Group. Bove’s brief was to refresh Breitling’s line to incorporate cleaner, more contemporary plans, however to take motivation from the files (Breitling was established in 1884). “The thought isn’t to change old watches once more,” says Bove. “I consider it to be as taking crude fixings from more established models and utilizing them in new plans.” Not those fixings made the cut. Fans were stunned when Breitling presented the Navitimer 8 without the slide rule, a characterizing highlight since the 1950s. It wasn’t that the slide rule was considered outdated; indeed it was excessively current. The new plan was motivated by ready chronographs created by Breitling during the 1930s and 1940s, a period before slide rules.

The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38mm size is a sweet detect that works for the two people, and brands are progressively putting out unisex watches in that size. The 38mm Panerai Luminor Due , presented in January at SIHH, is another extraordinary one that comes to mind. Furthermore, coincidentally, when I got back from the adornments shows in Las Vegas, I can report that gems is going a similar way. I saw a ton of rings, wristbands, and pendants that could work for – and are expected to be worn by – either ladies or men. This unisex pattern requests to what exactly is being portrayed as the “more sex liquid” millennial age, yet even those of us who are more seasoned and don’t relate to that definition or with recent college grads at all can discover a great deal to appreciate in the unisex idea, particularly those of us ladies who love men’s watches.

The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 has a date window at 6 o’clock, a truly pleasant additional capacity for a regular watch. The dial on the steel model is either dark or blue, with coordinating gator ties with lively white top sewing. There is additionally a steel rendition with a 18k red gold bezel and a beige dial with an earthy colored gator lash. The beaded bezel in gold and applied gold markers make this form resemble a completely extraordinary watch – one that is dressier than past Navitimers, regardless of the slide rule. Truth be told, I believe it’s probably pretty much as dressy as what most ladies truly need in a day watch. Notice different brands – it truly is conceivable to make a ladies’ watch without over-distinguishing it by layering mother-of-pearl, jewels, blossoms, or hued straps.


The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 is valued at $4,860 with a steel case with a blue or dark dial on a steel wristband; $4,310 with a steel case, blue dial and blue or dark croc lash; $6,360 with a steel and gold case and silver dial on a steel arm band; and $5,820 with a steel and gold case, silver dial and a gold gator tie. The rose gold model appears to be especially female, particularly on an arm band. That is a model that I would feel comfortable wearing day and night. All in all, I feel that Breitling is truly in good shape with its ladies’ pieces, collapsing them in as models inside existing assortments, and planning them with a unisex allure. Here and there a women just assortment is underestimated, and that isn’t liable to occur here. It will be intriguing to perceive what comes next for women from this brand. breitling.com