We featured this watch in our daily video round-ups at Baselworld, but it’s worth taking a closer look. On this new version of the chronograph, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has equipped the black dial with luminescent hands and numerals featuring a slightly patinated peach color lume evoking the instruments produced by the brand from the 1940s to the 1960s – a nod to Breitling’s longstanding heritage in the aeronautical and military field.
The watch comes in an imposing 50 mm case in Breitlight® – a high-tech material 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel yet significantly harder. It is endowed with a number of qualities (exceptional resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion, thermal stability, along with antimagnetic and anti-allergenic properties). Water-resistant to 100 meters it’s enhanced by lateral protective reinforcements, a rotating rider tab bezel as well as pushers and crown featuring a non-slip grip, even with gloves.
The Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by the Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a self-winding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode, as typically used in the military and among pilots. It’s chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
The legibility of the 24 stencil-type aviation-inspired numerals, as well as the chronograph indications, is enhanced by a thick sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides.
The strap features a black rubber lining and sides, as well as an exterior in khaki-colored high-resistance Military textile fiber featuring tone-on-tone stitching. The watch retails for $8,840.
BREITLING COLT SKYRACER
If you can’t run to the hefty cost of the Avenger, there’s always the entry level Colt with an avant-garde case also in Breitlight® and with an ultra-technical cool black look.
The Colt is an authentic military inspired precision instrument. Lightweight and sturdy with a 45mm case, the watch runs on a thermo-compensated SuperQuartzTM movement, which is ten times more accurate than standard quartz and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
The white luminescent hands and indications standing out against the black background, red accents reminiscent of instrument panels and a crystal glare-proofed on both sides. The watch features a screw-locked, rubber-molded crown, and a protruding bezel gasket perfectly protecting the crystal. The rotating rider tab bezel serves to memorize times and the dial has an additional 24-hour (military) scale.
The Colt Skyracer is water-resistant to 100 meters and comes on a black rubber strap bearing various measurement scales: 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales on the 12 o’clock strap section, centimeters and inches on the 6 o’clock section. A removable fastening system enables the wearer to quickly and easily remove the section of their choice and use it as a measuring instrument, before refitting it just as easily. In the meeting with Breitling, the $2000 asking price was considered extremely reasonable, and they were very excited about it.
Incidentally, according to Breitling, there is absolutely no truth to the rumors that they are seeking to sell to a conglomerate, and the recent speculation was put down to a joint project with Tudor. The Breitling brand is expected to remain independent and family owned for many years to come.