Drawn from vintage aviation aesthetics, Breitling’s Super AVI comes in five unique versions honoring four powerful, memorable and legendary aircraft
Breitling recently launched its latest watch series, titled the Super AVI. As the name suggests, the Super AVI celebrates aviation history with designs inspired by the original 1953 “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI aviator’s watch and four legendary planes: the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the de Havilland Mosquito. Georges Kern, Breitling’s CEO, shares that the collection embodies that sense of nostalgia for the early days of aviation when pilots relied on their watches as onboard tools. “But you don’t have to be a pilot or vintage-aircraft buff to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship and rugged design,” he adds.
A Quartet of Legends
Speaking about craftsmanship and design, Breitling designed five versions of watches for the new Super AVI collection honoring the four aforementioned aircraft, whose filigree silhouettes adorn the watches’ sapphire case backs.
For instance, the Super AVI P-51 Mustang—based on a 1940 aircraft that was developed in no more than 120 days—is available in two distinct versions: One featuring a stainless-steel case with a black dial and gold-brown leather strap, and an 18K red gold version with an anthracite dial and a black leather strap. In short, it pays homage to the best all-around fighter plane of its era.
The Super AVI Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair, on the other hand, is based on a WWII naval aircraft that was developed specifically for tricky takeoffs and landings from carriers and remote landing strips. Design-wise, the watch features a blue dial, tone-on-tone chronograph counters, and a black leather strap that take their design cues from the characteristic livery of the record-breaking fighter.
Meanwhile, the Super AVI Curtiss Warhawk plays on its namesake’s famous shark-mouth nose art that gave the plane its unmistakable identity with its military-green dial, white contrasting chronograph counters, and red accents.
Last but not least, the Super AVI Mosquito combines a polished and satin-brushed black ceramic bezel and a black dial with white contrasting chronograph counters. Of particular note, its red and orange elements recall the roundels and markings found on the versatile plane, dubbed the “Wooden Wonder.”
Aesthetically speaking, the Super AVI’s distinctive design language includes large, highly legible Arabic numerals on the dial and bezel. Pilots and other travelers surely will appreciate the ability to track a second time zone using the 24-hour marking on the inner bezel and the red-tipped GMT hand.
Furthermore, the knurled bezels also provide optimal grip, while the top-stitched calfskin straps are a nod to the seams found on leather flight gear of the era. The sturdy case measures 46mm in diameter, while the oversized crown sits at 3 o’clock. Beneath the dial, the Super AVI is powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber B04 movement, which boasts approximately 70 hours of power reserve.
Most importantly, Breitling’s tribute collection to the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, Vought F4U Corsair, de Havilland Mosquito, and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk led to a monumental flight, as the brand also brought the four planes together for an epic campaign photoshoot.
All in all, Breitling surely reaches new heights with these interpretations of the four aircraft that give the series its emotion and bold graphic appeal, while at the same time evoke the spirit of early flight.
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