About Breitling Watches
The Breitling brand has been producing stunning timepieces for over 130 years and the brand is responsible for some of the most precise timing devices ever created. Working out of his workshop in the Jura mountains, Léon Breitling focused on making very intricate and complex watches that pushed the boundaries of timekeeping precision.
He continued to make watches and chronographs until his death in 1914, leaving the business to his son Gaston who continued the work of his late father. However Gaston’s time at the helm was tragically short, he died in 1927, rendered the Breitling brand leaderless and it was five years before Gaston’s son, Willy, stepped into the leadership role. Willy picked up where both his father and grandfather had left off, making the most of opportunities within aviation. Willy secured a contract to provide Breitling watches to the British Air Ministry as they featured several timing and conversion rulers that made them invaluable to pilots.
With the introduction of the Breitling Chronomat in 1969, which also witnessed somewhat improbably for the Swiss watch industry, the introduction of electronically controlled wristwatches. Breitling responded to the trend with its own quartz models, including a quartz Chronomat, and introduced quartz versions of the iconic Navitimer in 1973.
In the late 1970s, Willy Breitling was struggling with his health and so decided it was time for an orderly retreat. In April 1979, shortly before his death, he sold the remaining assets along with the familiar brand names to the visionary entrepreneur Ernest Schneider, who remained guardian of the Breitling legacy until 2017. In May of that year Breitling became joined Capital Partners, and Georges Kern assumed the role of CEO. With his team, Georges Kern, who has already had a distinguished career in the watch industry, looks forward to carrying on a rich tradition whose roots go all the way back to a small workshop in St. Imier in 1884.