“Rattraper” may sound like an interesting career choice involving chasing down and capturing rodents, but it’s actually a French word that means “catch up.” It’s also the inspiration for the name of one of Breitling’s more impressive watches, the Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante. Interesting name aside, this watch is actually one of the watch maker’s most elaborate complications.
The Rattrapante measures two elapsed times simultaneously, allowing you to keep track of two sets of time. The feat is accomplished by superimposing two central chronograph hands. If you would like to measure an intermediate or split time, you can stop one of the chronographs—a feature that is indispensable for pilots who need to compare recorded time simultaneously. The central hands each bear a part of the Breitling logo—one has the B while the other has the anchor. The hands are coated in traditional Super-Luminova coating.
The watch is made of 18k red gold for the 45mm case and comes with a stratos grey dial. The sub dials are done in a contrasting black, with a 30-minute chronograph at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour chronograph at 6 o’clock, and a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. The watch uses a Breitling B03 caliber self-winding mechanical movement, which is made in house at Breitling’s La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland, headquarters. It has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. The watch is just under 16mm thick and weighs only 140 grams. The cambered sapphire glass is glare proofed on both sides and is surrounded by a bidirectional, slide rule bezel. The watch is water resistant up to three bars. It comes with a black alligator strap that is fitted with a pin buckle. You can catch up with the rest of the crowd in the rat race by getting your own Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45. The watch is listed at $27,480 USD.