Breitling’s Newest Timepiece Collection Is a Love Letter to Aviation
The heritage watchmakers look to the past for some timeless aerial inspiration
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Typically, “the sky’s the limit” is reserved for people, but in this case, it’s probably appropriate to apply the phrase to Breitling’s newest series of timepieces, the Super AVI collection. Composed of five unique styles, the AVI collection pays homage to the original 1953 “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI aviator’s watch, as well as four seminal aircraft, for an exceptionally crafted capsule of exclusive timepieces.
With nearly a century of aviation timepieces under their belt, Breitling’s AVI collection has been honed to extreme accuracy, efficiency, and functionality. Each style comes complete with immaculate crafting and articulate detailing: filigree silhouettes adorning the back of the sapphire cases, while flight-friendly 46mm case with highly legible dial numerals knurled bezels ensure optimal visibility and grip.
“This collection embodies that sense of nostalgia for the early days of aviation when pilots relied on their watches as onboard tools,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “But you don’t have to be a pilot or vintage-aircraft buff to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship and rugged design.”
Each style draws its name and features from one of four iconic planes. The P-51 Mustang honors the best-in-class fighter jet with two versions (a stainless steel case and 18k red gold special edition exclusively available through Breitling), while the lively Vought F4U Corsair, unmistakable Curtiss Warhawk and versatile Mosquito round out Bretiling’s newest offerings.
It’s not so unusual that Breitling is looking to aviation for their newest collection; after all, the watchmakers have a history entangled with the clouds. The aforementioned 1953 “Co-Pilot” Chronograph was a first-of-it’s-kind aviator watch that revolutionized aviation timepieces.
The Super AVI collections starts at $10,100; you can find out more about the available timepieces, as well as the capsule inception, inspiration and history below.
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