The New Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Hands-On

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The New Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Hands-On

Post by Racer-X » May 27th 2017, 10:02am

by Robert-Jan Broer "Breitling’s Navitimer is one of those models that is being regarded as an iconic watch. Like Rolex’ Daytona or Omega’s Speedmaster, the Navitimer is right up there as well. The big difference is though, that I find it quite difficult to determine what the most ‘original’ Navitimer is of the models available today. Breitling does not ‘celebrate’ its Navitimer like Omega does with their Speedmaster, or make simply one available model like the Rolex Daytona."

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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » May 27th 2017, 12:04pm

The design is nice, as Navitimers usually are- but it's too big, especially that the Navitimer cases tend to have long lugs. No technical justification for that either, as while adding a rattrapante complication to a movement can increase its thickness, it doesn't require a larger base plate- and the 01 and 03 are already large movements, at 15 lignes. Apparently, they have simply increased the size of the case, and made the slide rule rehaut slightly wider.
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Post by conjurer » May 27th 2017, 12:09pm

It's 45mm, for fuck's sakes!! If you're wearing a fucking solid gold Breitie, you want the fucking proles to fucking notice it!!
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » May 27th 2017, 7:17pm

conjurer wrote:It's 45mm, for fuck's sakes!! If you're wearing a fucking solid gold Breitie, you want the fucking proles to fucking notice it!!

But it's exactly the sort of watch, that goes largely unnoticed... I had a friend, who spent a lot of time in Russia- he was (lost contact like 2-3 years ago- got to renew it, I guess) of the sort that sleeps on money (wears UN and PP). Once, he asked me for advice in choosing a watch. He thought of a tool watch style chrono, so I said, "why not a Navitimer? Or some other Breitling?"
And he told me why. "You know, there {in Russia] if you don't look like you shit money, people will take it for a fake, and if you do, then you're not going to stand out, as every nouveau riche entrepreneur here wears a big, fuck-off Breitling. And the more shiny it is, the less it stands out."
A quick conclusion: if it's a big, gold Breitling, the proles won't give a fuck anyway. It's so overt, it's covert.
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Re: The New Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Hands-On

Post by eddiea » May 28th 2017, 4:58pm

conjurer wrote:It's 45mm, for fuck's sakes!! If you're wearing a fucking solid gold Breitie, you want the fucking proles to fucking notice it!!


Absolutely!!! bling , for lack of a better word, is good, bling is right, bling works, bling clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit..
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Post by TemerityB » May 28th 2017, 7:06pm

That's freakin' gorgeous, and the SS ain't too shabby, either.

Breitling is in an interesting position this year, which should be quite the important one in the brand's history.
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