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.