Breitling Launches Navitimer Super Constellation Limited Edition

After a temporary grounding for maintenance work, the famous Breitling Super Constellation aircraft is preparing to take to the air once more. To honor the occasion, Breitling has announced the launch of Breitling Navitimer Fighters Edition that will delight collectors while raising funds to secure this historic aircraft’s future. Find wallpaper, along with pricing, inside.

For aviation fans, the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation remains one of the finest symbols of the conquest of the skies. Equipped with four ultra-powerful “turbo-compound” engines, this magnificent propeller-driven long-haul plane dominated civil aviation in the 1950s and established itself as the “King of the Atlantic”. It is also famed for its incomparable silhouette featuring a dolphin-like curved fuselage and triple-tail design.

In a ceremony held on April 30th in Germany, Breitling renewed its financial support for the preservation of this legendary aircraft. The Breitling Super Constellation “Star of Switzerland” is one of the last three “Super Connies” in flightworthy condition on the planet, and the only one based in Europe – as well as the only one equipped for passenger flights. Built in 1955, it was restored in the 1990s by a group of passionate devotees and made its grand comeback to the Old Continent in 2004. Since then, it has regularly taken part in various air shows, and each of its appearances is enthusiastically greeted by spectators.

Over the past few months, the Breitling Super Constellation has undergone maintenance operations, particularly for corrosion issues. The hundreds of hours of work also involved applying a new paint job featuring an elegant blue line accentuating its aerodynamic profile. The “Star of Switzerland” is now ready to take off again.

The plane was officially presented on April 30th in, in the Black Forest region of Germany, before representatives of the press and guests of the brand, and in the company of quadruple Olympic ski-jumping champion and “godfather” of the Breitling Super Constellation, Simon Ammann. During the ceremony, Ammann presented the “Super Constellation Flyers Association” with a check for 200,000 Swiss Francs on behalf of Breitling in support of the endeavors to safeguard this historical aircraft.

The brand is also launching a limited edition of its legendary Navitimer aviation chronograph, the sale of which will fund another 200,000 Swiss Franc check for the association. Issued in a limited run of 1,049 – in tribute to the Lockheed L-1049 – this instrument for professionals bears the inscription “Breitling Super Constellation” on its dial, as well as a golden B, shaped like the 1950s logo, an initial also echoed on the plane’s three rear stabilizers. The caseback is engraved with the technical specifications of the “Super Connie” as well as its silhouette appearing in a medallion.

By supporting the safeguarding the Super Constellation, Breitling confirms its determination to preserve the heritage of aviation – the adventure with which its own history is so closely entwined.

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph Watch Is Ultimate Aquatic Companion

Breitling recently released the wildly simple yet attractive Breitling Super Ocean Heritage 46 mm designs from the 1950s. It was a controversial watch as some people failed to see it’s inherent beauty and appeal. Of course, observant enthusiasts noticed that it was just this simplicity that made the Breitling Superocean Heritage stand out. Breitlings are know for being ultra-busy in their designs. Often times people comment that they have a hard time telling the time among the many numbers and subdials on the standard Breitling watch face. This is true given the amount of information available with the slide rule on many models. Yet the Superocean Heritage deviated from this cluttered ideal.

What was lacking however in the Breitling Superocean Heritage was the feature that Breitling is best known for, the inclusion of a chronograph in its watches. Thus the standard Superocean Heritage might have been a bit lacking for some Breitling traditionalists, but a stellar timepiece by most standard with its COSC chronometer movement, large size, and classic appeal.

Now Breitling has announced a chronograph version of the Superocean Heritage to the delight of many fans. Using Breitling’s Caliber 13 movement (based on the Valjoux 7750), you get a chronometer class movement with a 12 hour chronograph. What separates this watch from many other Breitling chronographs is the legibility. This is not a busy and complicated watch to use or read. The beauty of Valjoux 7750 and alike movements is that it can be integrated and have little negative effect on the legibility of a watch. Here, the subdials are subdued, and the hour markers are prominent. The hands are large and thick enough to be identified at a quick glance. This functionality and style should appeal to anyone who enjoys the standard Breitling Superocean Heritage watch, and even those who do not.

While the image above shows the black version of the watch, it is also available in a blue or bronze color with matching rubber strap. There is also a classically styled steel bracelet available. Pricing for the Breitling Superocean Heritage is probably going to be in the $5000-$6000 range based on the premium that a chronograph movement usually fetches.