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Breitling Montbrillant

A successful symbiosis of tradition and innovation: the Montbrillant line by Breitling is the perfect combination of vintage flair and the latest technologies. The watch collection stems from Breitling’s Navitimer family and displays the characteristic features of the legendary aviation watch, including the stopwatch function and the circular slide rule. Unlike any other watch, the Breitling Montbrillant unites luxury and tradition with sportiness and functionality.

The Breitling Montbrillant

A combination of tradition and inventive genius

A combination of tradition and inventive genius

Breitling unites the latest technologies with tradition when it comes to the Montbrillant. The exquisite watch is named after the Ruelle Montbrillant street, which housed the Breitling workshop for more than 80 years. The workshop in the Swiss watchmaking town, La-Chaux-de-Fonds, was the birthplace of innumerable ground-breaking innovations. Therefore, the Breitling Montbrillant collection honours the fruitful decades spent on the street of Ruelle Montbrillant.

The face of the Montbrillant watch comes equipped with slender hands and at the dial center, the characteristic red 1/100th of an hour dial display is exhibited, which calls to mind the watch design of the ‘40s and ‘50s. While the dials of Breitling watches are usually decorated the winged B, most Montbrillant models also sport a curved lettering of the brand name - the company’s logo from the first half of the 20th century.

The case back of the Montbrillant watches is engraved with the workshop in La-Chaux-de-Fonds. The Montbrillant series emerged from the Navitimer watch family, which is one of the most important aviation chronographs in history.

The current vintage-like model - the Montbrillant 01 (Ref. AB013012 and Ref. RB013012) - is equipped with the Manufacture Breitling Calibre 01. The high-performance chronograph movement from the year 2009 is considered to be one of the milestones in the history of the manufacturer and ensures that Breitling remains a master in the watchmaking industry.

Models with retro-flair

Breitling-designs of the mid-20th-century experience a reincarnation in the form of the new Montbrillant collection.

Experts immediately notice the similarities between the classic Navitimer and the Montbrillant 01, which is kept in the design of the 1940s and 1950s - but with its diameter of 40 millimetres, its case is fashionably big. The famous aviation slide rule offers a quick and easy way of performing different calculations by means of the rotating bezel. The client has the choice between a leather strap - also available in crocodile leather, the renowned Navitimer-bracelet, or the perforated metal bracelet Air-Racer.

The current Montbrillant-collection offers homage to the watches of the past: the Montbrillant Datora (Ref. A2133012). Breitling developed this men’s watch following the top-selling model, Breitling Datora of the ‘40s. This wristwatch is equipped with a calendar and a bold date-display: the day of the week and the month are shown in two displays next to one another. Additionally, a hand with a red crescent points to the day of the month. Inside the 43-millimetre-case, the calibre Breitling 21 is installed.

The price for both models fall in the same range but vary according to case material and bracelet.

Montbrillant timepieces

The vintage style of the Montbrillant watches

Evidently, Montbrillant timepieces are widely known for a combination of vintage design, innovative mechanisms, and enduring structures. Thus, the Montbrillant watches provide a timeless design that will last throughout the ages and can be passed on from one generation to the next.

Apart from current models of the Montbrillant collection, there are also older and much sought-after Montbrillant versions that can be found second-hand and quite often, in remarkable condition. Offers on the second-hand market can oftentimes be found at a comparatively appealing prices. These vintage models can no longer be found in Breitling's annual catalogue: the Chronolog. They are therefore rare timepieces and individuals who come across these instruments can consider themselves lucky.