Breitling Partnership with Norton Motorcycles
Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, is convinced that the passionate fan bases at Breitling and Norton Motorcycles will overlap.
Both Breitling and Norton Motorcycles are brands with a strong heritage, founded in the nineteenth century by visionaries who gave their names to their companies and, to a large extent, defined their industries. When James Lansdowne Norton founded his company – a manufacturer of “fittings and parts for the two-wheel trade” – in 1898 and produced his first motorcycles in 1902, Willy Breitling had already been making watches in the Swiss Jura mountains for more than a decade.
The two long-established brands have incredible histories. Breitling has, for the better part of a century, been renowned for its strong link with aviation and its pioneering role in the development of chronographs. Norton Motorcycles has long been regarded as the British motorcycle manufacturer, and its bikes have distinguished themselves both on and off the racetrack.
"Both companies are innovative and entrepreneurial and have powerful legacies", says Georges Kern, Breitling’s CEO since the summer of 2017. "At the same time, we are looking ahead toward what we at Breitling call ‘our legendary future’."
Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling © Breitling
Stuart Garner, who bought Norton Motorcycles in 2008 and has driven its extraordinary revival, agrees, saying, “I’ve always said that the key to a company’s success is to let the brand be the brand. This has been essential both at Norton Motorcycles and Breitling. We haven’t tried to change the nature of our brands or deny their histories. In fact, we revel in those histories and take inspiration from them while focusing on the future.”
The new watches will incorporate DNA elements from both brands, offering wristwatch and motorcycle fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to express their individuality by flying – at once – the colours of an emphatically Swiss watchmaker and the ultimate “British-made” motorcycle manufacturer.
From humble family beginnings Breitling grew into a major player in the world of chronographs and aviation instruments. At the dawn of a new era, the brand is poised for a legendary future.Find out more >
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