Category: Breitling Watches
Remember Travolta? Remember Beckham? Remember the weirdly sexist undertones of a brand that for the longest while couldn’t quite seem to pin down who it was trying to make watches for and how to talk to them? In case you still do, it might finally be time to go ahead and forget this awkward period of now-ancient history in the grand scheme of Breitling‘s meteoric return to relevance. As Breitling CEO Georges Kern continues to put distance between his brand direction and that of his predecessors from the Schneider Era, he’s this time leaning on the brand’s own original founding managers for inspiration to yield a trio of new references: a traditional handwound chronograph, a ‘rattrapante’ or split second chronograph, and a complete calendar chronograph, that together comprise the newly christened Premier Heritage Collection.
The original Breitling Premier replica collection was more or less Kern’s flag in the sand when he assumed a leadership role at the brand back in 2017. Purpose-built around in-house calibres and leveraging original designs with more complex, premium finishing, the Premier was positioned as a more grown-up Breitling and a return to form – a capstone collection of sorts at the top of the brand’s then-newly consolidated offerings. ABTW Managing Editor Bilal Khan called the inaugural Premier “a thoughtful, detail-rich chronograph that exceeded expectations” in his long-term 2019 review right here. This new heritage-inspired spin-off collection appears to continue to adhere to that same formula, albeit with a more classical, mid-century twist that echoes the handsome original Premier watches introduced by Willy Breitling in the 1940s.
Here, we have colorful, beautifully rendered dials (typography nerds will have a lot to appreciate) with applied arabic numerals and a much more traditional approach to chronograph movement execution – perhaps just as Willy Breitling himself would have once wanted it. And yes, that’s indeed a complete calendar in the mix. Indeed, it’s a strikingly intelligent offering and a far cry from the Breitling that many might have once known, but as the brand continues to mature and peel back the many layers of its back catalog, we learn something that Breitling scholars have known all along: before the advent of the jet age, and before sport diving became mainstream, the brand enjoyed a rich period of very elegant, classical chronographs around the middle of the last century that fully embraced watchmaking’s more traditional values.
Regardless of design intent, the modern Breitling watch tends to be more of a sporty expression, so to bring the two value systems of two entirely different eras together, we’ve got slightly upsized cases (40mm for the standard handwound chronograph, and 42mm for the split second & complete calendar variants) and 100 meters of water resistance for each. The latter feature is a particularly interesting development – just how many complete calendar chronographs can you name that have more than a paltry 30 or 50 meters of water resistance? This particular combination of complications is already a relatively rare one (Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, Blancpain, and IWC each have something that comes close), but wrapped up here in a beautiful salmon dial and finished with enough water resistance to make this a proper everyday wearer makes this particular reference one hell of an interesting proposition.
While the automatic calibre B25-powered Breitling Premier Datora 42 complete calendar (refresher: that’s hour, minute, second, day, date, month, and moonphase) might get most of the spotlight this week, the sneaky show-stealer might be the entry-level Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 which pays tribute to the Léon Breitling’s earliest chronographs which pioneered the implementation of a tachymeter scale for measuring speed. A deceptively simple affair clad in a truly gorgeous “Pistachio” green dial, this reference is powered by Breitling’s manufacture B09 handwound chronograph movement, which we’ve seen rolled out in a smattering of offerings thus far, including the 1959 Navitimer re-issue and the AVI ref. 765 re-issue.
The third option in the trio – the Breitling B15 Duograph 42 uses Breitling’s B15 manufacture calibre, which is interesting as it’s essentially the B03 split-second chronograph movement, albeit in handwound form. This enables designers to produce a functionally similar watch in a considerably more wearable 42mm package. Like the other two new options in the collection, you’ll have both stainless steel, and precious red gold options to choose from – each with their own unique dial color and color-matched strap.
Swiss watch giants Breitling are largely associated with their pilots’ watches, chronometers and chronographs for men, however, since Georg Kern assumed the role of CEO in 2017, the Grenchen-based manufacturer has endeavoured to expand its appeal, particularly in their luxury watches for women. Over the past twelve months in particular, Breitling’s focus on their ladies’ collections has not gone unnoticed. From the Navitimer 35 to the Superocean 36 and their more recent Chronomat 32 and 36 Ladies watches, these feminine designs have captured all the right attention and now, Breitling have expanded their women’s line once again, this time with a capsule collection named the replica Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea.
Last year, the iconic Breitling Chronomat was redesigned after a solid four to five years of little to no changes to the collection. Its resurrection took inspiration from the original Chronomat of the 1980’s with interchangeable rider tabs on the bezel, brushed stainless steel cases and the legendary Rouleaux bracelet. We also saw some fantastic improvements including the in-house manufacture B01 automatic winding movement housed at its core. Following on from the new men’s Breitling Chronomat range, the Swiss brand then unveiled an elegant series of Chronomat ladies watches in 32 and 36mm. Dressed in a choice of diamonds, colourful dials and 18 carat rose gold, the collection was well-received by women looking for a watch that was just as elegant as it was adventurous.
Today, the modern-retro aesthetics of the Chronomat are transformed again, this time with new exotic colourways and dazzling coloured gemstones. The Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea collection consists of three models in total, each differing in their dial and strap design. The first reference A10380611A1P1 boasts a pinkish beige lacquered dial inspired by the pastel shades of summer with a matching beige alligator leather strap. The second under reference A10380611C1P1 has a deep blue lacquered dial and strap designed to evoke marine life. The third reference is model A10380611L1P1 which with its stunning mint green lacquered dial and green khaki alligator leather strap takes inspiration from our world’s lush greenery. All dials are detailed with rose gold Superluminova hands and indexes and diamond dot hour markers.“This colourful and exclusive new capsule collection – to be produced for a limited time only – is aimed at more fashion-forward women of action, purpose, and style,” notes Breitling CEO Georges Kern.
Other than their dial and strap colourway, each Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea replica watch follows suit in their case size, case material, movement, and functionality. Measuring to 36mm in diameter and 10.1mm in height, the stainless steel cases promise a 100 metre water resistance with non-screw locked crowns, solid screwed case backs and cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Characteristic of the Breitling Chronomat, the South Sea Ladies models are also kitted out with unidirectional ratcheted bezels that are for the first time adorned with an array of coloured gemstones in red, pink, orange and yellow.On the technical side, the Breitling ladies’ watches are powered by the Breitling Calibre 10 automatic winding movement. Based on the ETA 2892-A2, the movement has been COSC certified to be accurate to 4 to +6 seconds per day and delivers classic central hands for hours, minutes and seconds, a date window at 6 o’clock, a 42 hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Alongside the release of the Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea Ladies watches, for the first time, Breitling have teamed up with DREST, an interactive luxury fashion mobile game. The game puts players in the role of fashion stylists who can choose clothing and accessories from over 200 leading global fashion brands. Now included in this portfolio is Breitling and the new Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule collection which can be played and shopped directly in game.
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Specifications: Breitling Chronomat 36 South Sea Ladies Watches (A10380611A1P1, A10380611C1P1, A10380611L1P1)
Last Thursday, we witnessed the very first Breitling Summit 2020 Webcast where the Swiss manufacturer announced a stunning range of Breitling watch releases. For us, the star of the show was the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 collection which features an all new and improved design inspired by one of the brand’s most legendary Chronomat models released in 1984.
For as long as we can remember, the Breitling Chronomat has held a significant place in the brand’s history. It was first released in the 1940’s and was one of the first in the world to boast a slide-rule bezel. Nevertheless, for most watch aficionados, the most notable Chronomat was one released in 1984 during a time when extra-thin quartz watches were the order of the day. In 1983, Breitling released the Frecce Tricolori chronograph, a mechanical timepiece designed in collaboration with the Italian aerial squadron of the same name. Its versatility was evident as its tachymeter scale caught the interest of Formula 1 teams anda its reversable rider tabs made it the perfect watch for regattas. Then for the 100th anniversary of Breitling in 1984, Ernest Schneider decided to create a new icon which he saw in the face of the Chronomat Frecce Tricolori.
Rather than following the herd and designing another quartz watch, Schneider took the courageous path and went against the increasing dominance of thin quartz watches with the release of an all-new Bretiling Chronomat. The 1984 watch became a huge success and was a key influence in bringing mechanical watches on trend again. This time, the name Chronomat expressed something entirely different, with the combination of words “chronograph” and “automatic” making up its name. The new collection of Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watches for 2020 pay tribute to their predecessor with a reinstated vintage Rouleaux bracelet, interchangeable rider tabs on the bezel and the staple Breitling B01 in-house mechanical movement.
Although not an entirely faithful re-edition, the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 has managed to balance the perfect amount of vintage aesthetic with modern improvements. The 42mm stainless steel case looks almost exact to the original with integrated lugs, robust shoulders, and a bevelled rounded crown. The pushers and crown protection have been modernised slightly for better integration and to improve the water resistant rating to 200 metres.The Rouleaux bracelet is one of our favourite additions to the design, fully transforming the piece from just another modern sports watch to a vintage-inspired piece. The rifle-shell style links are bound together by polished inner links that blend seamlessly through the case and lugs. You’d be forgiven for mistaking the bracelet as integrated, but the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is also available on a choice of rubber straps.
Another signature element is the addition of the interchangeable rider tabs on the unidirectional ratcheted bezel. Available in stainless steel, 18 carat gold or two toned with rose gold tabs, the bezel of the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watch showcases interchangeable rider tabs at positions 15 and 45. This means that the wearer can choose whether they want to use the timepiece to count up or count down. The choice of bezel material is also reflected in the case design also available in stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold.
Housed within the case is the indispensable Breitling B01 in-house automatic mechanical movement. The 47 jewelled COSC certified calibre provides classic central hands for hours, minutes and seconds, a date window at 6H and three subsidiary dials for continuous seconds, 12 hour counter and 30 minutes counter. The movement also promises a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 70 hours. The functions are displayed on an array of dial colours including anthracite, blue, copper, black, silver or British Racing Green dials (the latter being a Bentley edition).
The first pieces of the 2020 Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watch collection are expected to be available at the end of April with more pieces coming out late May. For the impatient of us, you can pre-order any of these models in advance on the Jura Watches website. Be one of the first to take delivery of the new Breitling Chronomat B01 42 watches at Jura Watches today with interest free finance and free delivery available.
Specifications: Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Watches
Breitling Avenger is a strong line within their current collection. The new(ish) Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission was one which caught our eye when it was introduced. Here is our hands on review, with some wallpaper sized Watchscapes.The Avenger and Super Avenger line are self-winding mechanical watches available in both time only (like the Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf) and chronographs with 300m depth rating. The Avenger and Super Avenger share almost all physical and technical features, the only difference is the size. The Avenger is smaller with a case diameter of 45mm and thickness of 17.4m, while the Super Avenger is larger at 48mm case diameter, and a thickness of 18.6mm.Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission The Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission is a bold, robust and shock resistant watch which has a strong wrist presence, not only due to the large case dimensions, but also the imposing design. As a true Breitling Avenger, it is designed to be used wearing gloves, featuring a rugged bezel and its special grip-pattern on the crown & chronograph pushers.
The case, dial and hands
The Night Mission interpretation of the Super Avenger Chronograph 48 is a large 48mm DLC coated titanium case, a blue dial and a blue military strap that fits either a DLC coated stainless steel pin buckle or deployant clasp. Despite the case’s rather massive dimensions, it wears smaller, and wraps around the average male wrist with comfort and ease. The soundbyte from Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling comes to mind, paraphrased – “I don’t have a large wrist. And if I am not able to wear the watch comfortably, it does not get approved.”The dial is a beautiful dark, almost navy blue, and is marked with Arabic numerals with thick SuperLuminova. The design of the arabic numerals are similar to the stenciled numbers used on the decks of aircraft carriers.The design of the hands are also with the purpose to optimize legibility. The hands are large and coated with superluminova. The sub-dial layout of the chronograph is typical of a Valjoux 7750 sourced movement, and indeed the Breitling Caliber B13 is a variant of the Valjoux with the day of the week wheel removed.Though the sapphire crystal features anti-reflective coating on both sides, or rather because the front is multi-coated, a strong blue reflection of the (white) flash of our strobe is caught on the photographs. This is because the anti-reflective coatings are designed only to block certain wavelengths of light.
The case back is closed, and engraved with the Breitling Avenger logo and verbiage, including the stated Chronometer Certification (COSC). The entire case, crown, pushers and screw down back is in black DLC Titanium.As mentioned, the movement is the Breitling Caliber B13, which is a derivative of the robust and well tested Valjoux 7750. This is a workhorse movement, with many watches using it reliably. The movement has a standard power reserve of 42 hours and beats at 28,800 bph. The rotor winds only in one direction, and allows the rotor to move freely in the other direction, earning it the nickname “wobbler” as the rotor can be felt as one wears it and move one’s wrist.
We did not open the case back to examine the movement finishing, but at this price point, we are not expecting it to be magnificently decorated, but to sport a rugged mechanically sound engineering type finish.Competitive Landscape
In this price class, the Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission (retail price is S$7,890) lives in a rather crowded landscape. Even if we filter out non-military or aviation designs, the field remains quite well populated. The Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Vision (S$7.890, same price) is almost exactly the same, except for the case size of 45mm. One curiosity we found is that neither the Avenger or Super Avenger series use the in-house developed Breitling B01 movement, depending on the Valjoux 7750 instead.Trying out the wrist shot in black and white for some attitude. Truth be told, the sapphire glass had a bright blue reflection due to the anti-reflective coating, that made the photograph unusable in colour. The promo shot of the pilot serves as the colour wrist shot.Concluding Thoughts
In conclusion, the Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission has a raison d’être it occupies a niche for those who require very special properties – a large, robust, legible chronograph which is lightweight but very strong, and with a diving water resistance rating.
On a pilot’s wrist, it certainly looks the part. Image source: Breitling official.
The watch is very beautiful, and fits the rugged environment which it is intended for. The black DLC titanium case is light, and surprisingly comfortable on the average sized wrist. The blue dial is magnificent in its own right, and the huge markings with bright lume is very attractive. The ease of use due to the design of the bezel and crown/pushers is a big plus, as is the water resistance rating. And we think the asking price of just a shade below S$8k is quite reasonable.
Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission Specifications
Swiss watch company Breitling recently held one of its still-new Breitling Summit event concepts here in Los Angeles. One of the new references launched was this duo of GMT watches, the Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 (reference A32395101C1A1 or A32395101C1X1 / A32395101C1X2) and the related Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Night Mission (reference V32395101B1X1 / V32395101B1X2).
First, a tangent about the brand’s activities. I’ve said multiple times recently that the brand has been one of the best performing luxury watch companies over the last 18 months, due to the re-energized Georges Kern and the ability for him to execute his ideas. If anything, Kern’s short time at Breitling (about two years) demonstrates the power of what you can do if a company’s financial arm allows for a CEO to spend and invest in the future, no matter the current state of global investor confidence. The good news for Breitling is that their efforts are paying off, even today.
Weeks away from the release of the first film he produced (in French), Georges Kern sits at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills with guests from around the Americas who have come to see him, his friends, and his new creations. I’ve personally never seen Mr. Kern more at ease and seemingly hopeful about the future.
One cause for Mr. Kern’s positive sentiments is that business is growing for Breitling — and in important places like the United States and China. The United States has always been a strong market for Breilting. (It is often said to be the third-largest Swiss luxury watchmaker in the United States, after Rolex and Omega, respectively.) Kern is a globalist and understands that, while local tastes and preferences differ, Breitling needs to be a global brand in every sense of the word. From a product perspective, Kern was also lucky, not only in his ability to streamline the brand’s notoriously confusing model families but also to sit on an archive of designs and styles that happen to be particularly fashionable these days.
Well-made, good-looking watches aren’t enough — and with Kern’s understanding of Hollywood appeal comes his understanding of marketing. That, blended with his more than two decades of experience in the watch industry, has allowed for him to be among the very few leading watch brand CEOs who have the courage to try new things in a global economic recession, when spirits are down and luxury seekers (who continue to exist in droves) are chasing different pleasures than the generation before them.
For instances, the next person who dons one of these Avenger Automatic GMT 45 watches might be a drone racing champion. Breitling is, indeed, adding the world of drone-flying sports into its legacy of aviation. The logic is sound, and on top of that, drone racing also appeals to new-generation computer and video gamers seeking sports and heroes relevant to them.
From a timepiece perspective, these new GMT watches are a smart release from Breitling and unlike anything I can think of in the current collection. What other time and GMT Breitling watches (without a chronograph complication) come to mind? I know they have produced GMT watches before, but I don’t think Breitling has really ever had a modern GMT hit (and I am not counting the World Time since that is a different style of watch altogether).
As GMT watches, these are good looking timepieces, and the red GMT hands on both the blue-dialed standard steel version and the military-style Night Mission are extremely easy to read and not easily confused with the hour or minute hand. The 24-hour scale, on the other hand, is a bit tiny and will require good eyes. This does mean that the uni-directional rotating bezel can still be used for a 60-minute timer — which, honestly, is rare for GMT watches of this pedigree. Also, there is the case size to contend with, which will make the Avenger Automatic GMT 45 watches too large for a lot of wrists. It is entirely likely that Breitling will make more versions in smaller cases in the future.
Georges Kern also mentioned that part of his new strategy moving forward will be to release fewer watches at a time. The Breitling Summit saw the debut of just 14 SKUs. In the past, the brand produced such a healthy variety of versions for each model that consumers got choice paralysis. They did so because different tastes around the world would prompt them to produce slightly different styles. Today, brands are a lot more aware of what sells and doesn’t, while also being mindful of not saturating the consumer or news markets with too much information at a time. That is my explanation of why Breitling seems to tease a new Avenger GMT watch concept with two models that feel like a slew of others might be hiding right behind the scenes. I personally like that the brands wants people to focus on just a few styles and color treatments at a time.
For 2019, Breitling retired the Colt collection and has merged it in with Avenger. The watches always looked too similar, and the new Avenger collection actually has a whole new construction but still has that iconic look and feel of a modern Breitling. The cases are 45mm-wide and have real heft to them, thanks to the wide lugs. Given the width, they feel thin at just 12.3mm-thick, and the cases are water resistant to 30 meters with an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial.
Inside the watches, Breitling uses a sourced Swiss movement (base ETA 2893, I believe), which they call their Caliber 32 movement. It operates at 4Hz with about 42 hours of power reserve and also features the date, in addition to the time and 24-hour GMT hand for a second time zone display. Breitling has each of the movements COSC-Chronometer certified.
The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 comes in steel with a combo polished and brushed case design. It debuts exclusively with a blue dial and index-style hour markers with a case that is available either on a matching blue textile (leather-lined) strap or a handsome three-link steel bracelet (my choice). Things get a lot more interesting with the Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Night Mission with its black and khaki tan themes.
The Breitling Avenger GMT 45 Night Mission is a handsome little devil in a black DLC-coated titanium case paired with a “sand” leather strap. The dial uses a mix of indexes and stencil-style hour markers, which has always made for a good look. I suppose one can criticize Breitling for being too cautious about design innovation at this stage in the brand’s operations — and you might be right. That said, Breilting today is doing a great job of boiling down the core Breitling aesthetics into very fashionable styles (even if they aren’t too original within the brand). Give it a few years and I think we will see more innovation when it comes to design from Mr. Kern. For the time being, I think he is still in the process of trying to distill the core essence of Breitling across the various brand pillars (Aviation 8, Navitimer, Premier, SuperOcean, etc…).
Breitling now has two interesting GMT model contenders, but the competition in this area is fierce. I think these two Avenger Automatic GMT 45 watches are a hit but will take a bit of time for people to really appreciate. At that point, Breitling will likely have fleshed out the collection a bit more and experimented with how Breitling can do a GMT watch with a flair no one but they can achieve. Price for the Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45
At Baselworld 2016, I got to play with the first watch using Breitling’s so-called “Breitlight” case material, which is the Breitling Avenger Hurricane replica . This is a deceptively cool watch even though it clearly isn’t for everyone. With that said, I really like it when brands like Breitling produce intentionally niche watches like this that work really well for particular purposes. What makes the Breitling Avenger Hurricane weird? Well, in addition to displaying the time in a 24- versus 12-hour layout, the case happens to be really big at 50mm wide and produced from a form of carbon polymer.
Carbon composites of various types have become increasingly popular in luxury sport watches. Carbon fiber is perhaps the most well-known of these materials, but it isn’t the only way carbon is treated in luxury watches. Unlike more established watch materials such as metal, we are still new to understanding how to compare various carbon polymer materials with one another. Moreover, we still need to gain a lot of expertise and information to know whose cases are better than others, why, and if materials such as “Breitlight” are indeed a proprietary blend, or a slick name a brand like Breitling applies to this type of material.
There are a lot of open questions about carbon composite materials that I, frankly, don’t have all the answers to – such as whether they are actually luxury materials, and how they hold up over time. What I do know is that it isn’t possible to properly mill and machine all carbon polymer materials, so usually only the most high-quality ones can be used for watch case materials. With that said, we don’t always know how difficult these materials are to find, their construction costs, and what types of performance and durability benefits they offer for watches.
It is, however, a very good thing that watch brands are experimenting with interesting case materials such as carbon polymers. Use of these materials is less about solving existing problems in watches (save for perhaps weight reduction) and more about being creative and keeping traditional timepieces relevant. A good example of that is how nicely the traditional look of this military-style Breitling case (that we have, of course, seen in metal) translates into being rendered in a carbon polymer. That in and of itself is interesting and noteworthy.
Brands like Breitling are finding these materials from other industries such as car, plane, and boat construction. The materials are quite useful, actually, being several times lighter than steel, very tough, resistant to things like temperature or magnetism, and shock absorbent. With that said, you still can’t really polish a carbon polymer case, so we are currently left with mostly matte finishes that show off the native textures that these materials bring to the table. Further, much of the “art” involved in showing the right carbon materials for watch cases is specifically in choosing those which have the right shades of colors and aesthetic textures, etc.
Breitling didn’t need to make the Breitling Avenger Hurricane 50mm wide, but I think they did so in order to demonstrate how light a watch can be at this size, in the Breitlight material. If successful, future Breitling watches with Breitlight cases will be smaller. Super large watches are wearable if they are light-enough, but you do need the “wrist charisma” to pull them off visually.
In matte tones with a very utilitarian dial, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane very much feels like a tool watch – and that is a good thing. Yes, a refined luxurious tool watch from Breitling, but it has been a while since I’ve worn a watch from the brand that so felt like a dedicated instrument – even if it is very niche in its appeal.
Inside the Breitling Avenger Hurricane watch is Breitling’s in-house-made caliber B12 movement which offers the time in 24-hour format as well as the date and a 12-hour chronograph. Such 24-hour dials are rare in the watch industry, and most of them actually come from Breitling anyways. This requires you to read the dial differently, but for those people (military or civilian) that prefer to read the time in this way, the usefulness is clear. The automatic movement operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) and has about 2.5 days of power reserve, if memory serves me correctly.
The expansive dial allows for a relatively uncluttered look (all things taken into consideration) and very much like the military stencil-style font for the hour indicators and the matte hands that just super emphasize good legibility. Breitling combines the black and white tones with a sort of orange-yellow accent color.
With 100 meters of water resistance and a well-made AR-coated sapphire crystal, the durability you expect from a Breitling is all there, but now in a lighter case from a still exotic material that is quickly being adopted (and played with) by a number of typically conservative brands like Breitling. On the rubber and textile strap you can get a snug and comfortable fit, which makes the Breitling Avenger Hurricane all that more wearable for those who wish to brave it on their wrist. With that said, have no doubt about the fact that this is a huge timepiece. In a niche way, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is a definite success and a pleasant surprise in a concept that could just have easily failed as succeed. Price for the Breitling Avenger Hurricane
Breitling hits the nail on the head with this amazing nautical watch. Do you dare to explore it?
As the waves collide against the ship, lightning crashes as if to announce yet another adventure that has you standing at the uncertain point between life and death. The deafening sound of thunder reverberates through the open seas and you realize that you are facing the fiercest elements in the world. Poseidon himself wouldn’t dare leave home in these conditions let alone venture out to sea …but, not you.
Please note: The Breitling Avenger Seawolf II collection has been phased out and had since been replaced with the Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf collection which uses the same mechanical movement as the Avenger Seawolf II.
You put on your Breitling Avenger Seawolf watch, your raincoat and captain’s hat and look out at the raging sea with the determination of the captain of a Viking ship. You board your ship because you’re equipped with the wherewithal to show the sea who’s the real boss. You sound your horn as if to say “Look out world, I’m coming to get you!”
Your fearlessness comes from within but also from the ruggedness of your equipment. As you fasten your yellow raincoat, you grin as you notice the perfect match between the yellow hue of your Breitling Avenger II Seawolf watch dial and your captain’s storm coat.
You then realize that the watch you are wearing stands a better chance of survival than your ship with its 10,000 feet water resistance and decompression valve. It occurs to you that the watch you are wearing is like an airtight submarine vessel that just happens to tell time very accurately. Although you don’t intend to venture 3,000 meters into the water during this adventure, it is reassuring that your pressure regulated watch can bravely take that kind of plunge if it chooses to do so.
Even if you choose to join your Breitling Sea Wolf on an underwater exploration someday, you know the trip will be timed to perfection with the help of your Breitling Avenger II Seawolf’s 25 jewels, Caliber 17 automatic movement, a COSC certified chronometer with a 42-hour power reserve. Its mechanical movement is about as good as it gets. As you coast along you hear the blast of another vessel’s horn.
The hazy feeling in your head leaves you as you gaze at the luminescent filled hands of your Breitling watch and realize it’s Monday morning and you’re stuck in traffic. As the rain drips down your windshield, you drive past that billboard for the new Breitling Avenger II Seawolf Blacksteel super divers watch. You sigh and think to yourself:
“Life is the greatest adventure.”
In all seriousness though, this watch is built solid. Holding it in your hand, you physically feel that extra weight you would expect from a heavy-duty deep-sea diving watch. The crown screws down really tight and is pretty grippy. All that said, you can see how the water-resistance on this watch is superior to most other diver’s watches. It feels like you are holding a solid piece of military gear from the good old days. The kind of gear that they would drop out of an airplane from 10,000 feet. The luminescent material on the indexes and hands is bright and sized perfectly to maximize visibility. The bright yellow dial has excellent contrast and is very bright in low light conditions. The fabric “NATO” strap is thick and built solid. Even the bezel with its screws on the side looks like the hatch on top of a submarine. Everything you need to take a serious underwater plunge …and then some.
We aren’t the first to notice, but Breitling have been at the top of their game these past few years with stunning renovations of core collections and some remarkable reiterations of historic classics. Just look at their recent Chronomat line or the Superocean Heritage 57’ if you need reminding. Continuing with their hot streak, Breitling have announced their latest limited edition, the Breitling Premier Top Time Dues, a wonderfully retro piece with the appeal of 21st-century proportions designed in collaboration with Australian lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina.
Limited to 1,500 pieces, the latest release from Breitling also commemorates the Swiss watch manufacturer as the new Official Timekeeper for the Deus Swank Rally, an epic motorcycle championship which honours vintage bikes in diverse locations all around the world. Yet despite its associations with motorcyclists, the Breitling Premier Top Time Dues is more than just a biker watch but a Breitling limited edition for adventurers of all kinds. This is embodied within Breitling’s new Dues Squad, a group of fearless explorers who have been involved with Deus Ex Machina for years. The squad includes Californian surfboarder and motorcyclist Forrest Minchinton, Hawaiian competitive surfer Sierra Lerback and French motorcycle engineer and designer Jeremy Tagand.
While modern in its proportions and mission, the new Breitling Premier Top Time Dues Limited Edition watch still upholds its heritage with a handsome vintage-inspired aesthetic inspired by the original Top Time released in 1960. The collection was, and still is, characterised by its masculine-elegance and was deliberately introduced for fulfilling the needs of young and active professionals. While other Breitling watch collections like the flagship Navitimer or Chronomat delivered a higher price point, the Breitling Top Time was the perfect entry level chronograph for young gentlemen starting their journey in the luxury watch world.
The Breitling Top Time quickly became a classic amongst watch enthusiasts and it wasn’t long before the design found itself at the centre of pop culture. Most famously, a Breitling Top Time was worn by Sean Connery as James Bond in the 1965 film Thunderball, a design so coveted it sold at auction in 2013 for a whopping £103,875. Sadly, production for the design ended nearly two decades after its original release. That was until last year, when Breitling revealed a reiteration of the Breitling Top Time model ref 2003 with a stunning steel case and ‘Zorro’ dial. It was another instant hit, speaking to fans of both vintage and contemporary watches alike, and if this previous release is anything to go by, we have high hopes for the new Breitling Premier Top Time Dues Limited Edition.
A tribute to the nomad spirit of Deus Ex Machina and a nod to Breitling’s historic Top Time collection, the Breitling Premier Top Time Dues Limited Edition delivers the perfect balance between retro and contemporary with an upsized 41mm stainless steel case resolutely faithful in form to the 60’s original. The unadorned narrow bezel sits beside slender, straight lugs and convex sapphire crystal treated with double anti-reflective coating. Also faithful to the original is its water resistance, which is rated to only 30 metres, assisted by a snapped stainless steel case back decorated with a piece of Deus artwork. The image of the retro-looking motorcyclist is designed by Deus creative director Carby Tuckwell.
The Breitling Premier Top Time Dues Limited Edition watch continues its bold aesthetic with a racing-themed brown calfskin leather strap and a panda-style chronograph dial dressed in silver and black. Squircle-shaped chronograph counters for small seconds and 30 minutes counter sit parallel to each other while a matching black tachymeter scale adorns the edge detailed with the words “In benzin veritas” translating to “In petrol we trust”. The addition of bright orange accents found on the hands and tachymeter scale is a spectacular touch, especially the shape of the chronograph hand moulded into a lightening bolt. These accents alongside the inclusion of the Dues logo at 6 o’clock mark the new partnership between Breitling and Deus Ex Machina.
As with all Breitling watches, the Replica Breitling Premier Top Time Dues is powered by a COSC certified chronometer movement, this time the Breitling Calibre 23. The Swiss manufacture movement delivers central hands for hours, minutes and chronograph seconds, two subsidiary dials for small seconds and 30 minutes and a wholesome power reserve of 48 hours. Delivering optimal legibility of these functions is Super-LumiNova coating on the hour markers and hour and minute hands.
As a limited edition of only 1,500 pieces, it’s expected that like the Breitling Top Time before it, the new Breitling Dues Limited Edition won’t be around for long. For more information on the Breitling Premier Top Time Dues watch
The Breitling Summit held in Los Angeles proved a busy landing strip for a whole squadron of Breitling Avenger releases. Fourteen new references took flight, along with the previously discussed Breitling Aviator 8 Mosquito Chronograph. These new models continue the restructuring of Breitling’s offering under the leadership of Georges Kern, joining the Aviator 8 and Classic Navitimer as part of the “air universe.” The new Avenger lineup merges the old Avenger style with that of the Breitling Colt, further streamlining the catalog. A raft of colors and an uncommonly wide range of sizes should satisfy fans of Breitling during the Schneider era, as well as those enjoying the current “heritage revisited” phase the brand is going through.Breitling is really working the versatility angle of this collection, designed to be at home on the wrists of all kinds of aviators, with a real-life astronaut, supersonic jet pilot, and drone pilot on board to market these models to different demographics.And as far as demographic diversity goes, Breitling has done a pretty good job. The “real-life astronaut” in question is none other than Scott Kelly, who has spent an amazing 520 days in Space. I’m not sure whether his resemblance to Georges Kern was deliberate or a happy accident, but it amused me nonetheless as I had to check and double-check the press release to ensure that they hadn’t just handed the boss a spacesuit and told him to do his best impression.Breitling does actually have some previous experience in space exploration; in 1962, the Cosmonaut became the first Swiss chronograph in Space when it exited the atmosphere on the wrist of American astronaut Scott Carpenter.The next real-world ambassador for this launch is Commandant Rocío González Torres, a Spanish jet pilot and the first woman to log 1,000 hours at the controls of an F-18 (wow). While Torres is less likely to be mistaken for the mastermind behind Breitling’s ongoing rebrand, she is far more likely to catch the attention of female fans for the strong and generally badass image she projects. For me, her recruitment is the highlight of this marketing drive, as it feels far more on-brand to have a genuine pilot promoting serious aviation instruments than a raft of Hollywood actors.And the high-flying triumvirate is completed by Luke Bannister, a teenage drone pilot. Bannister and a member of Xblades Racing, is something of a whiz kid when it comes to drone handling and represents the next generation of aviators and watch-edlovers, as he proudly wears the 45mm Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission in the press shots. One of the standout pieces in this collection, the olive green-dialed Night Mission is one of four Night Mission models available in DLC-coated titanium.The Avenger collection itself is three years older than Bannister (15), having debuted in 2001. It was due for a refresh, and its assimilation with the Colt model should make the overall collections easier to understand. It’s great to see that the eye-catching yellow dial of the Seawolf has been retained, while the stealthier models inspired by the Hurricane utilize yellow in a different way.One of the most significant things about these models is the movements inside them. Rather than using Breitling’s in-house creations, the Avenger models are powered by Breitling-branded ETA movements, meaning they are priced far more affordably and offer an easy, on-brand entry point to the collection. This is doubly wise considering how very “Breitling” these pieces are. With diameters topping out at a pretty hefty 48mm, these watches are excellent billboards ready to be strapped to the wrists of a new generation of watch fans. And for those who love the style and message of a Breitling but don’t possess the necessary wrist architecture to pull it off, several of these references are as small as 43mm. While that’s hardly petite, a 43mm-diameter Breitling, thanks to the wide rotating bezel and significant thickness, wears a lot smaller than one would expect. We will update with pricing when it’s available. To find out more about it and Breitling’s rich aviation history
Show up wearing the Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission, and that’s how you’ll be greeted. This chronograph is one of 14 models presented last fall as the reinvigorated and streamlined Avenger collection, including four watches that replace the former Colt collection. Such enthusiasm for our test watch!
The non-limited Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission is available for €5,750, priced around €1,500 less than the in-house equipped Avenger Chronographs. More about this Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission can be found here. More articles on Breitling Watches on Fratello can be found here.
Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Night Mission The biggest, boldest members of the new family are the 48-mm Super Avenger models, both containing self-winding COSC-certified chronograph calibers.
One of the new references launched was this duo of GMT watches, the Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 (reference A32395101C1A1 or A32395101C1X1 / A32395101C1X2) and the related Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 45 Night Mission (reference V32395101B1X1 / V32395101B1X2). First, a tangent about the brand’s activities.
The luxury watch business is like a paradox. While it favors sleek and small models, it also can’t get enough of big and grand timepieces. A lot of brand’s signature items are some of their most immensely-sized watches. Arguably, despite the industry’s push for more compact and streamlined silhouettes, there’s a portion of the market that will forever favor gargantuan timepieces. In fact, some of the finest luxury watches are offered to cater to such tastes, like Breitling’s Super Avenger II Chronograph timepiece.If there’s ever a timepiece to further push the luxury watch market’s “bigger is better” initiative, it’s Breitling Super Avenger II Chronograph watch. At 48 millimeters in diameter, it’s one of the biggest wristwatches ever produced in modern watchmaking history. The size, however, isn’t just for show, as it houses a bevy of innovations such as the COSC-certified chronometer and three outstanding chronographs, just to name a few. Its rugged construction yet elegant design makes it the perfect timepiece any gentleman would want to wear, both for everyday activities and elegant events.There’s a reason why people are preferring sleeker silhouettes nowadays—a lighter timepiece. Clients’ modern lifestyles have them constantly on-the-go and they need lightweight items to help them move as quickly as they can. This isn’t to say that big wrist watches such as Breitling’s Super Avenger II Chronograph weighs so much that they can’t move, but it does provide more hassle to the wearer compared to smaller-sized watches.
Bold, extremely robust and shock resistant, the Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48 makes a big “here I am” statement. As a true Breitling Avenger, it can be used wearing gloves and offers unrivalled safety and reliability to any airborne adventurer. The Super Avenger Chronograph 48 features a sturdy oversized 48mm stainless-steel case, black dial and a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet, or black military leather strap that fits either a stainless-steel pin buckle or folding clasp.
Watches in the Breitling Avenger collection are professional timepieces designed for both pilots and divers , bridging the gap between flying and diving. Some functions, however, such as the chronograph or second time zone, are primarily meant for pilots. The Avenger II has a chronograph caliber which can time up to 12 hours.