It seems like only yesterday that Breitling released their Navitimer 1 Airline Editions. Evidently, time doesn’t stop for the aeronautically enthusiastic watchmaker, though, because they’ve just dropped this – the Breitling Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition.
Based on Breitling’s standard Aviator 8 Day & Date 41, the Etihad Airways edition sees the 41mm timepiece score a black dial with contrasting Arabic numerals, as well as the hour, minute and second hands being finished in a distinctive rose gold colour.
The quirky dial is actually a first for Breitling, as the Swiss watchmaker has never before produced a timepiece that incorporates the Arabic language into the dial, with the numerals and day and date complications all featuring the world’s fifth most spoken language.
Finished in black steel, the collaborative timepiece is equipped with Breitling’s tried and true Caliber 45 movement. The in-house workhorse is self-winding, chronometer certified and offers owners a maximum of 45 hours of power reserve.
Launched during New York Fashion Week by Emirates at a VIP event celebrating the airline and watchmaker’s third year of partnership, the limited edition Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways has also been co-designed by the UAE-based airline.
Speaking about the wristwatch, Breitling’s Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Sayler, said: “Etihad Airways and Breitling are united by a passion for aviation, as well as by their steadfast commitment to quality and precision.”
Limited to just 500 pieces, the Breitling Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition will first be sold exclusively in Abu Dhabi until the end of the year, and then globally from the start of 2020.