Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante: The Ultimate Chronograph
Leading the movement for chronograph watches, Breitling introduces the brand’s first in-house split seconds timepiece. With the appearance of a traditional chronograph, this Navitimer is actually a rattrapante. Pronounced ratt-ra-pont, from the French word ‘rattraper’ meaning to ‘catch up’. It is a modified chronograph that allows for two separate simultaneous measurements of time.
Developed from the brand’s first creation of a split-seconds duograph, this calibre has been made in-house, utilising a high-performance ‘engine’, including a 70-hour power reserve. The Navitimer Rattrapante also showcases some ground-breaking architecture, including an isolating system for precision timing.
To showcase Breitling’s new in-house movement, they have placed the engine in its most famous wrist watch, the Navitimer, combining the split-second capability with Breitling’s most refined complications.
Split-second chronographs have gained popularity for two reasons, the first is a functional requirement and the second is for the delicate craftsmanship that peaks the interest of any watch enthusiast. Breitling’s development of this precision piece takes inspiration from their 1940’s slogan “Quality in series”, opting to focus on sturdiness, precision and reliability as applied to large-scale production. The mechanics of the split-second chronographer are limited to a skilful 28 parts all of which are fully removable and replaceable to simplify service and maintenance.
Keeping the external design as sophisticated as what is inside, the Breitling B-anchor logo is split, with half on the main chronograph seconds hand and the other on the rattrapante hand – forming a whole logo only when both hands are overlaid.
In a world of evolving technology, such a niche and manual functionality may have been left redundant, but there are enough consumers who crave a digital detox and want the practicality of a sports watch paired with the finest complications available.
The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante qualifies for the COSC certification, operating at an automatic movement of 28, 800 vph (4 Hz), while including the time, date and 12-hour chronograph with split-second rattrapante functionality. The design is finished with a variety of markers and indicators, most notably the rotating slide-rule bezel for mathematical calculations.