For the better part of a century, Breitling has enjoyed a global reputation for its links to the world of aviation and for its pilot’s watches. And, with the release of two chronographs and an understated three-hand watch commemorating a partnership with the maker of the iconic P-40 Warhawk airplane, Breitling makes it clear that aviation remains an essential part of its brand DNA.
Three new Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk watches honor Curtiss Wright, a renowned American aircraft manufacturer, and the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, its most famous plane. The P-40 Warhawks were manufactured between 1938 and 1944. Two chronographs – one featuring a Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 movement – have been introduced along with a stunning three-hand model.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern says: “Curtiss Wright produced the P-40 Warhawk at the same time Breitling and its Huit Aviation Department were making onboard instruments for planes used by the RAF and other air forces. With this partnership and these great new watches, we are reaffirming the importance of Breitling’s aviation heritage to the brand.”
The Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk is distinguished by its military green dial with a matte finish. The contrasting silver subdials – 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters and a small second subdial – indicate that the watch is driven by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, the brand’s in-house mechanical movement, which delivers a remarkable power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
The striking chronograph is equipped with a bidirectional rotating bezel featuring Arabic numerals and indexes as well as a practical red pointer. The SuperLumiNova® coating on the hour and minute hands and the Arabic numerals on the dial make it easy to read the time in any light.
The COSC-certified chronometer has a 43-millimeter stainless-steel case presented on a green military strap. It is water-resistant up to 10 bar (100 meters/330 feet).
The eye-catching caseback has a transparent sapphire crystal printed with a Curtiss inscription and an image of an airborne P-40 Warhawk, whose design, with its shark’s mouth and color scheme, is based on the characteristic paint job associated with the plane when it was piloted by the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s famed Flying Tigers unit.
The Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk features a military green dial with a matte finish and tone-on-tone subdials – 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters and a small second subdial. Its black nickel-plated hour and minute hands, as well as the Arabic numerals on the dial, are coated with Super-LumiNova®, so they are legible even in the most challenging of lighting conditions.
At the heart of the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk is the Breitling Caliber 13, a mechanical movement renowned for its stability and performance. It offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
The chronograph’s distinctive caseback is engraved with a Curtiss inscription and an image of a P-40 Warhawk with the dramatic shark’s mouth paintwork that made a powerful visual impact when the plane was part of the Chinese Air Force’s famous Flying Tigers unit and flown by pilots of the American Volunteer Group.
This COSC-certified chronometer, which is water-resistant up to 10 bar (100 meters/330 feet), is presented on a green military strap.
The Breitling Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk features a military green dial with a matte finish and is presented on a green military strap. Its hour and minute hands and its Arabic numerals are coated with Super-LumiNova® for optimal legibility in all lighting conditions. It also has a bidirectional rotating bezel with a distinctive red pointer and a central seconds hand with a red tip.
Inside the DLC-coated stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 17 movement, which offers a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. Like all Breitling watches, the precision of this model is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer.
The watch features an engraved caseback bearing the Curtiss inscription and a dramatic image of a P-40 Warhawk with the memorable shark’s mouth paintwork.
The Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk will appeal to anyone with an appreciation of aviation history and an enthusiasm for clean, understated dials.
Breitling’s Aviator 8 Watches – Honoring Great Aviation Legacies
When the Curtiss Wright Corporation was producing its legendary fighter aircraft in the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department was creating onboard clocks for some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers.
These three new watches – the Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, and the Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk – salute a partnership between two true aviation pioneers. Fittingly, they do it with features that recall one of Breitling’s early pilot’s watches, the iconic Reference 768, which featured a rotating bezel and distinctive triangular pointer that made it an instant hit with aviators.
The Aviator 8 watches reflect the proud aviation heritage of two important brands but, with their modern retro flair, they are sure to appeal to a new generation of watch enthusiasts.
Jaeger LeCoultre reveals the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon in pink gold
One of the jewels in the crown of Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s virtuoso watchmaking constellation, the Master collection for Men is gaining several new additions this year, including a new Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon watch in pink gold. Following in the lineage of the earliest Ultra Thin models, this piece revels in those same pure shapes that gave rise to the characteristics so beloved by connoisseurs: the roundness of its case; the strong presence of its hour-markers; the sophistication of its Dauphine hands; the finishes of its Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 978G, visible on the back of the watch; and last but not least, the endless ballet of the Tourbillon and its moving titanium carriage.
Precision and harmony
Against the eggshell-coloured dial of the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon watch, its new, larger hour-markers with their gilded, honed silhouette are more eye-catching and easier to read than ever. They taper off at 6 o’clock and disappear altogether to make room for the Tourbillon to display itself, with its new gold bridge. On the back of the watch, the new mainplate of its automatic movement can be seen, decorated with a sunray finish. The extremely sophisticated crafting of this watch – both in its details and finishes – brings a whole new dimension, no matter which angle you take to admire its front or its reverse.
The finesse of precision
10.77 millimetres – that’s how fine the new case is on the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon, yet it can accommodate the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 978G. Taking beautiful finishing to even greater heights, this self-winding mechanical movement benefits from a 45-hour power reserve. Its Tourbillon draws the eye through a wide aperture at 6 o’clock, captivating the gaze with the play of full and empty spaces among its gear cogs. This is the very heartbeat of the watch, made visible in a perfect rhythmic movement, which gives watchmaking precision an aerial lightness that never fails to fascinate.
The pink gold version of the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon offers perfect equilibrium, a balance that can be enjoyed both rationally and emotionally. Irreproachable rigour – expressed in the supreme linearity of its hands and hour-markers – is a foil for the complex, intricate tangle of components that make up the Tourbillon. Its utterly sober pink gold case and eggshell dial are balanced by the generosity of a brown alligator leather strap. Proof that technical stringency can go hand in hand with creative audacity. Master watchmakers, artists and craftsmen at the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux have abided by this golden rule since the Grande Maison’s beginnings.
Celebration of precision, in a model of exceptional finesse… These few words sum up the entire philosophy behind the Master Ultra Thin collection, inspired by the first ultra-slim watch designed by Jaeger‑LeCoultre in 1907.
A Speedmaster in gold for Apollo 11
The new Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition pays tribute to history.
50 years ago, mankind took its very first steps onto the surface of the moon. The OMEGA Speedmaster was there, strapped to the wrists of the astronauts, and this year, we’re paying tribute to the mission’s lasting legacy, with the new Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model of 1,014 pieces.
Four months after Apollo 11 reached the moon in 1969, OMEGA held a special “Astronaut Appreciation Dinner” in Houston, Texas, where the gold Speedmaster BA145.022 was presented to NASA’s astronauts. Only 1,014 of these models were produced between 1969 and 1973, and they remain hugely sought-after by collectors.
The New Model
Following the design of the famous BA145.022, OMEGA has produced today’s new Limited Edition model in a unique new alloy known as 18K Moonshine™ gold. There is also a bezel in burgundy ceramic and a vertically-brushed gold dial with hour markers in facetted onyx. On the inside, the watch is driven by the manual-winding OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 – complete with burgundy markings and several 18K Moonshine™ gold parts.
Launched in 1948, the Seamaster line was OMEGA’s first family of watches. The beautifully redesigned military-grade timepieces, which were given even greater water resistance by OMEGA’s O-ring gasket technology, would go on to become universally recognised and respected.
In 2018, the 70th Anniversary of the Seamaster, OMEGA paid tribute to the battle-proven originals, by releasing the Seamaster 1948 collection: exceptional timepieces that blend 21st century tech with post-war design.
The 1948 collection is comprised of four watches: two in platinum and two in steel. For avid Seamaster fans the re-editions are also available in two-watch sets, with both watches beautifully presented in a special collector’s box made of soft brown grained leather. Along with the two Seamaster timepieces, kept upright – but easily moveable – thanks to a magnetic floor in the display case, the special box includes a spare NATO strap, leather strap and strap- changing tool.
Limited to just 1,948 pieces, the duo sets are a superb investment – and a fitting tribute to OMEGA’s peaceful use of wartime technology.
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