The history of watchmaking is marked out by inventions: new complications, the most famous being the tourbillon, and iconic watches like Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, TAG-Heuer’s Monaco and Breitling’s Navitimer. It was the Navitimer, designed to meet the needs of pilots, that made its maker famous once and for all. Now Breitling is celebrating the watch’s 70th anniversary with a killer lineup of new Navitimers in different sizes, colours and materials. There’s now a choice of 41, 43 and 46mm diameter Navitimers to suit different wrist sizes and lifestyles. The case comes in stainless steel or 18-carat red gold and the dial with a choice of blue, green or copper colour. The movement in this self-winding watch is Bretling’s own COSC-certified 01 calibre with a 70-hour power reserve. On the aesthetic side, the slide rule on the two-way bezel, which is now flatter, and the convex glass create the illusion of a more compact profile. This high-end chronograph can be worn on an alligator leather strap or a metal bracelet. One last thing: the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) wings are back on the dial, at 12 o’clock. That’s sure to give purist collectors of this iconic timepiece a pang of nostalgia.