Breitling Introduces Its First Arabic Dial: The New Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition
During New York Fashion Week, Breitling joined forces with Etihad Airways to launch their global partnership. To help celebrate the occasion, the renowned brands announced the first result of their collaboration, the new Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition.
Breitling is no stranger to the skies, as we saw with their most recent Airlines Editions (read HERE). This relationship, of course, comes naturally to the Grenchen, Switzerland based brand. Since their early days, they've flown aboard some of history's most important missions. Their Navitimer collection is synonymous with the sky. Some may ask, "What's next?" Well as it turns out, a dynamic relationship with one of the Middle East's most prestigious airlines.
This week, at an event held at New York City's Spring Place, the epicenter of New York Fashion Week, Breitling and Eithad Airways announced this exciting new partnership. As Tim Sayler, Breitling's Chief Marketing Officer explained, "Etihad Airways and Breitling are united by a passion for aviation, as well as by their steadfast commitment to quality and precision.”
A Closer Look
During a private dinner at New York Fashion Week, Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad's Chief Operating Officer explained the relationship began quite naturally. Over a meeting in Abu Dhabi, Bulooki told Breitling of his plans to sponsor New York Fashion Week for their third year. During their April meeting, the two brands realized they had far more in common than previously thought.
Georges Kern and his team at Breitling found out that Bulooki was a prolific fan of watches. Consequently, a special watch to celebrate their partnership quickly became priority number one. With just five months until Fashion Week, the timeline was as tight as ever. The result is the stunning Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Limited Edition. Breitling's first-ever Arabic dial watch.
This new limited edition in Breitling's Aviator 8 collection is a 41mm DLC-coated Day & Date timepiece with a special rose gold Arabic-Hindu numeral dial and matching rose gold hands. Limited to just 500 pieces and exclusively available at Breitling's Abu Dhabi boutique, the new Aviator 8 Day & Date 41 Etihad Airways Edition is sure to become a treasured piece for collectors far beyond the Middle East, this author included.
The all-black timepiece is powered by Breitling's automatic Calibre 45 and boasts a 40-hour power reserve. The watch comes fitted to a matching black leather strap and a special Etihad branded presentation case. Priced at just $4,995, this 500-piece limited edition is sure to become an instant hit! That is, if you can find one...