By Jola Chudy
For those who are at the top of their game, a statement timepiece is often the discreet finishing touch to their appearance, a signifier of achievement and status. And, if you get it right, it also underscores your impeccable taste. The Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito unites contemporary horology with an affectionate look to the past
The Breitling Aviator 8 Mosquito, like many of Breitling’s timepieces, takes its inspiration from the cockpits of vintage aircraft.
In the case of this newly released model, Breitling looks to onboard clocks from the 1930s and in particular pays homage to the de Havilland Mosquito, a British aircraft made almost entirely from wood.
Built between 1940 and 1950, the ‘Wooden Wonder’ was one of the fastest planes in the world at the time. It flew faster than the more famouse Spitfire, despite being equipped with the same engine.
Alistair Hodgson, curator of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in England, compares the de Havilland Mosquito to Breitling’s chronographs: “Breitling has played a pioneering role in the development of aviator chronographs, which fulfil multiple roles in a single package, and the Mosquito was the first aircraft to do the same thing: although it was originally designed as an unarmed light bomber, the original design was adapted to become a day fighter, night fighter, photographic reconnaissance aircraft, and even an airliner”
The Breitling timepiece features a 43mm steel case, black satin-brushed ADLC coated stainless steel bezel and Arabic numerals. Its black dial has contrasting silver subdials, and orange central hour, minute and second hands. Red and orange accents recall the markings of the de Havilland Mosquito; presented on a brown vintage-leather strap, it is powered by an inhouse Calibre 01 movement. breitling.com