Breitling introduced the Avenger Hurricane breitling watches, with its military-aviator-influenced 24-hour dial, at Baselworld 2016. This year, the brand introduces a more civilian-friendly model with a traditional 12-hour dial in two dial colors.
Like the original Avenger Hurricane, the new model has an extra-large 50-mm case made of Breitlight, a proprietary high-tech material that Breitling says is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel but significantly harder than both. Among its other listed attributes are exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties, in addition to being warmer to the touch than other metals and, aesthetically, having a somewhat mottled surface texture.
The case is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and has a unidirectional rotating bezel with rider tabs. The crown is screw-locked; both it and the chronograph push-pieces have a grooved checkerboard pattern for a non-slip grip, even for gloved hands. The extra-thick sapphire crystal has been glareproofed on both sides and the hands and numerals are luminous.
The replica breitling watch’s dial (Breitling refers to the color options as “Cobra yellow” and “Volcano black”) sports the same military-style stencil numerals as its predecessor, but here in a more conventional 12-hour arrangement, rather than the 24-hour scale preferred for timing in the armed forces. The new dial configuration necessitated the replacement of the original’s Caliber B12 movement with the tried-and-true Breitling Caliber B01, the first of the Swiss brand’s in-house movements.
Caliber B01’s attributes include automatic winding, a high-frequency 28,800-vph balance; a lengthy 70-hour power reserve; a date function at 4:30; and an integrated 1/4 second chronograph, with 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, along with small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. Like all Breitling’s in-house movements, this one has earned a chronometer certificate for timekeeping accuracy from the Swiss testing agency COSC.
The Breitling Avenger Hurricane with 12-hour dial has a sturdy but comfortable strap with a rubber inner lining and an exterior made of anthracite high-resistance military textile fiber. Available at mintohotel.co.uk now, it is priced at $390.