Pilot-watch specialist Breitling Limited Edition replica has partnered with the non-profit Honor Flight Network, which flies World War II veterans to the memorial dedicated to their service in Washington, DC, to release a limited-edition Breitling watch with proceeds going to the organization. I spoke with Breitling USA president Thierry Prissert at the watch's post-Veterans' Day launch event at the brand's New York City boutique.
The Breitling Navitimer 01 Honor Flight limited edition is distinguished by its blue dial with the Honor Flight logo below 12 o'clock and its engaved caseback, which depicts a "wreath and bracket" from the World War II memorial in Washington, DC, designed by artist Raymond Kasky. The memorial is composed of 56 of these pillars - one representing each of the 50 U.S. states and six U.S. territories that took part in World War II. Appropriately, the watch is also limited to 56 pieces. Each watch's caseback is engraved with the name of a state or territory, a series number, and the inscription "Honor Flight - One Last Mission." Each watch is thus a unique piece, in addition to being part of an extremely small production run.
If you'll notice, we tend to not write about "fashion watches." A segment of typically inexpensive watches so unfairly named because they make actual fashionable watches look bad. "Fashion watch" is a polite term used to describe most of the illegitimate wrist trash unsuitable for people with much taste or knowledge. So allow me to sum up: "fashion watches" aren't fashionable, and I am sorry to report there aren't new magical "watch trends" each few months that merit an in-depth round-up of exemplary pieces. How does this tie into the Breitling's limited edition Navitimer 1461? It doesn't, but by mere virtue that the watch is blue - and so are a few others this year- means it will be the unfortunate victim of being of being put into some "blue watch round-up." Worse yet, I may even be among those people cajoled into penning such an article.
The Limited Edition Honor Flight timepiece is based on Breitling's Navimeter 01 model, which features a self-winding mechanical Breitling 01 movement with functions including 1/4 of a second, 30-minute counter and 12-hour counter. An Honor Flight logo is located on the dial of the limited edition which also showcases two engravings on the caseback. The engravings depict a wreath and bracket from the creator of the memorial, Raymond Kasky, as well as the words "Honor Flight- One Last Mission."