Breitling held their fall Summit this week in Dallas, where they introduced a new Super AVI collection alongside a slew of classic American war planes at the National Aviation Education Center. The AVI is not a new name for Breitling, and the latest collection draws from the original 1953 “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI aviator’s watch, as well as 4 very distinctive planes with unique colorways. The 4 planes have spawned 4 watches in steel, and a 5th in red gold. All feature the brand’s B04 automatic chronograph movement with GMT hand. We were on hand in Dallas to see the watches, and the planes that inspired them.
These watches are unmistakably Breitling, with bold graphic dials and enormous, 46mm cases. As impractical as they may be when it comes to their ergonomics (on my wrist, at least), they are undoubtedly fun in their approach to creating a stylish, functional pilot’s watch. As a non-pilot, I am unable to comment on their practicality in use while flying, however in speaking to the actual pilots that flew the P-51 Mustang, Vought F4U Corsair, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and Mosquito to Dallas for the event, I was assured they were perfectly suited to their tasks and unique needs at the stick (yoke?).