I recently learned that the watch brand Breitling http://www.modserap.com/
had its own car rally. Yup, they call it the Breitling cup, and this year in July 2014, the second cup will be held, featuring a slew of vintage cars that will be driving from Milan, Italy, to Bormio over a three day period. This Breitling Navitimer ref. 3195.1RC14 timepiece is the official watch of the event and limited to 70 pieces for the event with another 200 pieces that can be purchased.
is something the brand's Chairman Mr. Marzio Villa is very passionate about. An unabashed car guy (very much into vintage cars), Villa loves the idea of the rally's weekend of fun, cars, and elegance through the northern part of Italy. It is probably going to be a cool event (all the more so, depending on your ride for the event), and if you are one of the drivers, you'll automatically be getting one of these Breitling Navitimer watches. In fact, according to Breitling, being a driver in the Cup rally is perhaps the best way to get one.
This particular Bhublot replica
watch is a pre-production model but the final ones will each have the driver's unique car numbers on the dials. Around the periphery of the dial, you can read "2014 Racing Collection" and the center of the skeletonized dial has the logo of the Breitling Cup under the brand logo. Of course, the dial is meant to be a bit over the top, with the skeletonization and racing motifs. The dial is more or less meant to resemble to look of a classic car wheel with its many spokes.
Not meant for the retail market, the dial of the Breitling Navitimer watch offers an interesting "themed" variation of the brand's classically positioned Historiador watch collection. The watch is 40mm wide in steel, and relatively thin, at just 10.40mm in thickness. The case wears on the larger side thanks to the very long and curved lugs that are also widely spaced on the case.
Inside the Breitling Navitimer watch is a caliber CYS 5102 automatic movement, which is a base Sellita SW200 or ETA 2824-2 automatic with a custom Breitling rotor. The Historiador watch collection has a range of nicely classic looking models with a variety of movements including three-handers and chronographs.
I find "exclusive" watches like this Breitling Navitimer interesting because you never know what people will think about them in the future. Breitling clearly doesn't intend for this rather wild Navitimer dial to be sold in the retail market, but rather, this unique design is meant to be given to the drivers who pay to participate in the Breitling Cup classic car rally.
So will this watch be a cool collector's item in the future? Will it be forgotten and no one care about it? Anything is possible really. If you look at some of the most valuable watches today on the collector's market, many are those that were never actually available on the retail market. Of course, other more normally wearable Breitling Historiador models are available. A piece like this watch (with a more mainstream dial) would retail for $3,000. UPDATE: According to Breitling the watch has 70 individually numbered pieces for the drivers and another 200 limited edition pieces for normal retail sale.