Breitling Introduces The Navitimer 36 And 32 With A Power Play
Breitling, a staple in Swiss horology since 1884, is making waves yet again, this time with 20 new references. The private-equity-owned brand is introducing two new sizes to its iconic Navitimer collection. Adorned with radiant mother-of-pearl dials, lab-grown diamonds, and traceable 18K red gold, the Navitimer 36 and 32 are making a grand entrance. Boosting their presence is the star power of none other than Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron.
A quick throwback
Introduced in 1952, the Navitimer wasn’t merely a pretty face framed by its trademark “beaded” bezel. It was initially designed as a tool watch for aviators and featured a circular slide rule for navigational calculations. Fast-forward to now, and the Navitimer transcends its original utility. Breitling is positioning the collection as a symbol of personal journeys and aspirations, gracing the wrists of pilots, actors, and athletes alike. But its continued evolution is what keeps the Navitimer current and one of the all-time greats for collectors. For an overview of some of the best, check out our Top 5 list here.
Soon after Breitling stepped into a new era with Georges Kern at the helm, it broadened the Navitimer’s appeal with its first women’s model in 2018. The 38mm automatic interpretation of the brand’s most popular design was not a chronograph, as the collection was famous for. Rather, it was a three-hand model that was a good-looking, toned-down version of its predecessors. Then came the 35mm automatic iterations in 2020, which we covered here. Their cleaner dials are better suited to smaller dimensions that appeal to slender wrists.
The new women’s duo
Today, the heritage collection expands with a 36mm automatic model and a 32mm quartz model. Each is available in ten variants with three case materials — stainless steel, 18K red gold, or a combination. In addition, customers can choose between a seven-row bracelet with a folding clasp or an alligator strap.
Design-wise, the 36mm stainless steel options adopt a more gender-neutral, earthy color palette. The other models in the release aim to amplify femininity through diamond indexes. Although these new additions maintain the essence of the Navitimer, they are intentionally designed for women. They are modern interpretations that could be considered distant cousins rather than direct descendants.
The Navitimer 36
The new Navitimer 36 retains the watch’s iconic circular slide rule and bidirectional bezel but adds a twist with an array of dial colors. The steel case pairs well with mint green, silver, and anthracite dials, while the gold and two-tone cases offer a white mother-of-pearl option. Protected by glare-proofed cambered sapphire, the watch measures a substantial 11.42mm in thickness. Behind a screwed-in solid case back is the COSC-certified Breitling caliber 17. This self-winding movement operates at 28,800vph (4Hz) and provides around 38 hours of power reserve.
The Navitimer 32
On the other hand, the Navitimer 32 leaves behind the slide rule, opting for a simplified dial to fit its slim 8mm profile. This doesn’t mean it skimps on luxury. The mother-of-pearl dials in powdery pink and light blue are eye-catching. Also, the Navitimer 32 houses the highly precise SuperQuartz Breitling caliber 77. Don’t let its size fool you; the watch is a COSC-certified chronometer and packs a 50m water resistance rating.
Both the Navitimer 36 and 32 carry the Origins label, testifying to the ethical sourcing of precious materials. Beyond being downsized versions, these new offerings incorporate sustainable, lab-grown “better diamonds” that are fully traceable. Responsible mining extends to its gold as well, adhering to the Swiss Better Gold Association’s criteria.
Breitling has long been a consumer-centric brand, adept at leveraging the commercial advantages of celebrity partnerships. With Charlize Theron as the face of the Navitimer 36 and 32, the brand is targeting a mature demographic, likely one with higher disposable income. Theron, celebrated for her gender-defying roles in hits like the Fast & Furious films and The Old Guard, embodies strength and independence both on and off screen.
While these watches may not suit everyone’s taste (and certainly not mine), their classically elegant aesthetics catch the eye, thanks in part to her powerful persona. In the end, a watch is not just for telling time; it’s for telling a story — or charting a personal journey, as Breilting says — and the Navitimer has much to offer.
For pricing and more information, visit Breitling’s official website.