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From the Sky: Our Picks from Breitling at Baselworld 2019

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Breitling wowed Baselworld attendees and fans all over the world with the grand volume of their releases at this year’s watch fair, featuring timepieces that could go with anyone, whether they like flying planes, driving motorbikes, or diving in the ocean. This made it extremely difficult for us to choose which of their new timepieces to feature in this article, but it had to be done. So without further ado, here are the models from Breitling that completely blew us all away.

 

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition Pan Am Edition Ref. AB01212B1C1A1 luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition Pan Am Edition Ref. AB01212B1C1A1

Regarded as one of the great behemoths of the commercial aviation industry back in the 20th century, Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) is a big part of history. This timepiece’s colorway was inspired by that very airline, with its eye-catching shade of blue matching their iconic logo. You can easily see the logo for yourself and compare the colors when you flip the watch over. Its design, with its wide rectangular hands and prominent hour markers, is made to emanate that 70s feel, which is when Pan Am was at its height of success. And while we think this model looks best with a stainless steel mesh bracelet, it can also go with an eccentric Air Racer bracelet or a more casual brown, leather strap.

This model is joined by the other similar watches—also inspired by the other aviation giants back then, namely, Trans World Airlines and Swissair—in the Airline capsule collection. All these models, tied to rich aviation history, will only be produced in a limited amount of time.

 

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel Ref. M17368D71C1S1 luxury watch

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel Ref. M17368D71C1S1

If you’re a big fan of Breitling’s dive watch collections, especially the Superocean collection, then this year is your year. The brand came out with a wide array of Superocean models in different colors and sizes. Ranging from 36mm to 48mm, Breitling’s direction towards having a watch for everybody is loud and clear (especially with the time-only Navitimer models at 42mm). This year’s update to the Superocean design gave us a way cleaner dial, perfect for divers who need readability and clarity in the depths of the ocean.

This model in particular uses a durable, 46mm black steel (diamond-like carbon coated stainless steel) case, allowing for a water resistance of up to an impressive 2000 meters. Honestly this is way higher—or lower, in this case—than what the human body can resist, but who’s counting?

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition Ref. AB0910371B1X1 luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition Ref. AB0910371B1X1

Vintage Breitling fans, rejoice! Amidst all their updated models is the re-edition of their iconic Navitimer from 60 years ago, painstakingly replicating every single detail, from the logo to the number of the beads on the bezel. Save for the increased water resistance (30 meters) and the Super-LumiNova coating (which was still carefully manufactured to match the patina-like hue of the older model), everything else is exactly the same. There’s also the COSC-certified, manually-wound, in-house Caliber B09, fashioned after the Caliber 01. But this one is especially made for remakes such as this, which we most definitely welcome. And before we forget to mention: its stocks are unsurprisingly limited to 1,959 units.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Ref. AB0118A21B1X1

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Ref. AB0118A21B1X1

Think the luxury watch industry has focused too much on racing car collaborations, leaving motorcycle enthusiasts out to dry? Well, has Breitling got news for you. From the watch house’s partnership with the British motorcycle producer Norton, this COSC-certified chronograph was born. The motorcycle company’s logo is engraved nicely on the left side of the case, and is also inscribed on the transparent caseback. This watch is also available with a stainless steel bracelet, but we quite like how the subtle gold coloring of the arabic numerals match up with the brown leather.

We can easily imagine driving down the highway on one of Norton’s distinctive motorbikes, with this watch on our wrist and the wind in our hair. And yes, we’re wearing a black leather jacket in this daydream.

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