Breitling is to aviation what Panerai is to oceanic adventure – and the Swiss brand doesn’t look set to come down to Earth any time soon. The three latest additions to its impressive pilot’s watch canon commemorate American aircraft manufacturer Curtiss Wright, and especially its most famous winged beast: the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.
The plane in question, piloted by America’s so-called Flying Tigers, was manufactured between 1938 and 1944, which is when Breitling’s newly created Huit Aviation Department started creating onboard clocks for some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers (the “huit” in the name refers to the eight-day power reserve such instruments would pack).
All coming in military-green – that’s “olive”, hardened fashionistas – the Aviator 8 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk collection (from £3,260 to £5,980) has as chic a military bearing as a pair of Aviators. A Super-LumiNova coating on the hour and minute hands and no-nonsense Arabic numerals on the dial, being all about legibility, also emphasise the pieces’ military credentials, and if the peace-time wearer needs a more stark reminder, the case-back features an image of a P-40 Warhawk, complete with that distinctive shark’s mouth so familiar to military aviation enthusiasts.
The Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk and the Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk are available now. Breitling.com
Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss
Navitimer 8 B01 Chronograph 43