AL­TI­TUDE SLICKNESS

Ev­ery pi­lot’s favourite watch­maker is gain­ing se­ri­ous el­e­va­tion this year with the launch of a new chrono­graph for high fliers

Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JOBE LAWRENSON STYLING BY ERIC DOWN WORDS BY ALEX DOAK

El­e­vate your watch to high-flier sta­tus with the pi­lot’s choice of lux­ury chrono­graph

The stop­watch, or chrono­graph, is a wrist­watch’s most pop­u­lar func­tion – af­ter telling the time, of course. But what on earth are they used for? Well, not as much as they are in the air. In the ear­lyto-mid-20th cen­tury, pi­lots de­pended on chrono­graphs to help them cal­cu­late their fuel re­serves. The man­u­fac­turer that most avi­a­tors placed their faith in was Bre­itling – specif­i­cally, the brand’s Huit Avi­a­tion divi­sion.

“Since 1884, Bre­itling has pi­o­neered chrono­graph de­vel­op­ment,” says Mark Toul­son, head of buy­ing at Watches of Switzer­land. “But, in the 1930s, it added a sec­ond but­ton to re­set the timer, pro­vid­ing the blue­print for how the watch looks to­day. Given this pedi­gree, it makes sense for the brand to con­tinue set­ting the stan­dard.”

Which is pre­cisely what it has done. Un­der the di­rec­tion of new CEO Ge­orges Kern, Bre­itling has launched the Nav­itimer 8 B01, a beau­ti­ful, beefy chrono­graph with an aes­thetic rem­i­nis­cent of the Huit team’s glory days. What is go­ing on be­neath the dial, how­ever, is any­thing but ret­ro­spec­tive. “The B01’s in-house move­ment is a solid piece of mod­ern engi­neer­ing,” says James But­tery, ed­i­tor of QP Mag­a­zine. “Its col­umn wheel de­sign makes the push­ers smoother to op­er­ate than stan­dard move­ments.” As you’d ex­pect from a watch­maker of Bre­itling’s cal­i­bre, the Nav­itimer is a cer­ti­fied chronome­ter, which means it loses no more than four sec­onds a day – ex­cep­tional by me­chan­i­cal stan­dards. In ad­di­tion, the self-wind­ing move­ment stores 70 hours of power, so it will still be tick­ing on Mon­day af­ter a week­end sat on your dresser.

Whether you’re fly­ing high or keep­ing your feet on the ground, this is the wing­man you’ll want by your side.

NAV­ITIMER 8 B01 CHRONO­GRAPH 43 £ 6,200 BRE­ITLING

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