Today, Breitling watches are one of the last independent Swiss watch brands still in production and remain one of the world’s major watch manufacturers to fortify all of their timepieces with chronometer-certified movements. Since the brand was established in 1884, Breitling have shared their finest moments in the conquest of the skies, enriching their masterpieces with in-house mechanical movements of the very finest quality. Equipping the most experienced aviation pioneers with their independently crafted pocket chronograph and later, the wristwatch for aircraft cockpits - Breitling have secured themselves an indispensable position within the aviation industry. The luxury family-run brand have somewhat of a cult following among aircraft enthusiasts.
In 1915 the first independent chronograph pushpiece was invented and went on to perfect the stop/start function in 1923. The patented innovation opened new doors for the firm who has since gone on to craft the Duel Timezone Caliber B04 and the Worldtime Caliber B05. A pivotal point in achieving their acclaimed reputation, was the time at which the Navitimer was launched in 1962, securing even more popularity when Scott Carpenter took to the skies on his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7 – the first space-going wrist chronograph. In 1962 Breitling presented the first self-winding chronograph movement and in 1984 launched the beginnings of their exquisite Chronomat series.
Perpetuating further privileged ties with the world of aviation, Breitling’s onboard chronographs became standard equipment on the jet aircraft of many airplane manufacturers. By working with the elite of the air pilot professionals, several teams now fly Breitling colours on their wing including the brand’s own acrobatic Jet team who compete in the Red Bull Air Race each year.
But technology is not the only quality that Breitling have mastered with complete effortlessness. Their collections are highly sought among many globally successful independent watchmaking companies, due to their distinct profiles, each one shrouded in stealth and belief. Breitling watches are bold. Triumphant. By mastering the perfect balance between confidence and elegance, both the masculine and feminine sides to Breitling are brought together to represent a brand worthy of their world-wide recognition. The authentic partner of aviation. The founder of the modern chronograph. Breitling continue to preserve the aeronautical legacy of which its own history has been woven into.