Swiss watchmaker Breitling has released a special timepiece in celebration of the 100th anniversary of naval aviation — the Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf.
The Limited Edition Airwolf was unveiled in January at the grand opening of Breitling’s flagship boutique in Manhattan. The commemorative Airwolf features functions utilized by pilots: 1/100th of a second chronograph with split times, alarm, countdown, 2nd timezone with independent alarm, UTC and perpetual calendar. The NVG-compatible display backlighting system enables night-time read-off and a turbine-shaped caseback serves as a resonance chamber for the alarm.
There will be 500 pieces produced, with 50 given to the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation, of which Breitling is a Silver National Sponsor. For each additional watch sold, $100 will be donated to the foundation.
The first piece produced will make a special journey around the globe with naval aviators throughout 2011, and will arrive back in time for the closing event in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3, 2011. The timepiece’s travels will be documented and a log of the journey will be presented along with the watch at December’s ceremony.
The special timepiece is just part of Breitling’s year-long salute to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation, which will include events and celebrations that tie in with the watchmaker’s long-time aviation partnerships.
The Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf will be sold at Breitling’s flagship Manhattan boutique and through its network of authorized retailers (retail price $4,500.). For more information: Breitling.com