If you’re into world war II aircraft and aviation construction, you’ll already be aware of the famous Spitfire and its use as a single-seat fighter aircraft for the Royal Air Force and other allied countries before, during, and after World War II. And you’ll probably know about the only other aircraft with the exact same engine who beat its speed – the de Havilland Mosquito – also known as the “Wooden Wonder” since its construction mainly consisted of lightweight wood. It beat the speed of the Spitfire by 20mph despite being equipped with the same engine, thus going down in history as the legend it was. Swiss watchmakers, Breitling feel it’s time to celebrate the speed and elegance of the aircraft de Havilland Mosquito, with their Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito timepiece.
The Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito watch plays about with a colourful design language. Its zesty orange and red accents recall the military roundels and markings featured on the fuselage of the de Havilland Mosquito, and the black dial adorned with bright white Arabic markers of course, enhances legibility. Breitling has always been highly regarded by flight professionals since their mechanical and quartz wristwatches are developed meticulously like a fine art. Care and attention to detail is carried out in the same way that aircraft is built. The watchmaking company is synonymous with the world of aviation since so many pilot’s timepieces have been developed for professionals who sit in the cockpit, experiencing every weather condition possible. Breitling’s innovative technology and patented design feature tailored to the specific needs of the pilot have set benchmarks within the watchmaking industry.
De Havilland, creator of the Mosquito, is also responsible for creating aircraft legends like the Tiger Moth biplane, Venom, Vixen and the Vampire – warplanes of which make regular appearances across the UK and overseas still today. The Comet which flew from London to Johannesburg via Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe and Livingstone in just over 23 hours, was the first ever jet-powered commercial airliner, signalling a new age of air travel.
The Mosquito was equipped to carry out a number of roles within the Second World War. From night fighting and defending the UK shorelines, to attacking Kriegsmarine U-Boats, its fearless and pivotal role during a period of such conflict, will bring a sense of nostalgia back to the wrists of watch connoisseurs when they wear the Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito. The timepiece is powered by the Breitling 01 movement, which will provide you with around 70 hours of power reserve should you wish to take the watch off and alternate it with another Breitling watch from your collection. 1/4th second, 30 minutes and 12 hours functions are granted in the elegant silver filled chronograph dials, and its performance can be viewed through a sapphire crystal glass caseback. It’s a good looking calibre after all, and sits comfortably inside a 43mm stainless steel case with 100 meter water resistant capability. The case of the watch is also equipped with a brushed DLC coated bezel with bidirectional rotation.
Details in the design of the Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito are followed through to the nth degree. The polished steel case’s midsection is a nice feature which contrasts beautifully with its brown leather strap. Since the Mosquito was a vital plane in the RAF’s arsenal of aircraft, performing exceptionally well, it seems only a natural move that Breitling celebrate their enthusiasm and respect for Second World War aircraft by equalling its beautiful design and skilfully tailored profile in this new and eye-catching vintage-inspired timepiece.
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