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Jan 24, 2020 | Investment

The new Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 marks a new era for the timeless classic

It has been more than 85 years since Breitling introduced the first modern chronograph, whose influence on watch design can’t be overestimated. The new Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45, featuring its interpretation of one of watchmaking’s grandest complications, shows that the brand is still on the cutting edge.

Since its development in 1952, the Breitling Navitimer has been one of the world’s most admired chronographs, and, with some recent additions to the family, Breitling is introducing this watchmaking legend to a new generation of enthusiasts. The Navitimer is arguably the most iconic of all Breitling wristwatches – a 20th­century classic that’s still popular more than 65 years after it was first launched. Thanks to the circular slide rule that was capable of performing a range of calculations relevant to aviation, the Navitimer was adopted by pilots and especially favored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

The new Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 has an 18k red-gold case and is presented on a black alligator-leather strap with a pin buckle. Equipped with Breitling’s Manufacture Caliber B03, a unique split-second movement protected by two patents, its innovative construction ensures maximum precision, sturdiness, and reliability. The rattrapante is one of the most sophisticated complications in all of watchmaking. Put simply, with two superimposed central chronograph hands, it can measure two elapsed times simultaneously. The rattrapante feature in the new Breitling Navitimer B03 Chrono­graph Rattrapante 45 is very special indeed, and there are some additional details that define this watch as an instant classic.

The split­second pusher, which is housed in the crown at 3 o’clock, serves to stop and restart the split­second hand as often as desired during a timing operation, allowing the wearer to measure split times or compare the results of several competitors.

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