Watches For Pilots :: Form, Function and Beautiful Style – You have to hand it to Breitling
Sometimes awesome, sometimes baffling, but never lacking confidence
It’s clear that the independent brand is comfortable sticking to its guns by delivering watches big on personality – like the new Breitling Avenger Hurricane.
An unapologetic beast of a watch that comes on the heels of the release of the Breitling Avenger Bandit the Hurricane encapsulates every macho superlative that’s ever described the brand in a singular design hewn from an all-new proprietary ultralight polymer called Breitlight. But the weight savings aren’t the only advantage to Breitlight.
The company’s mechanical or quartz movements are chronometer certified by the COSC and are usually marketed towards either diving (SuperOcean) or aviation (Navitimer). Aviation models offer aviation functions largely as complications*, since their function in aviation has largely been replaced by modern electronic instruments. The styling of Breitling watches consists of polished cases, bracelets, and large watch faces for improved readability. Many models have an automatic winding mechanism with complications*.
The subtly textured composite is also naturally anti-magnetic, hypoallergenic, and is largely impervious to corrosion or scratches, lending a semi-permanent degree of protection unmatched by other luxury brands. This makes it a perfect long-term match for Breitling’s signature military design aesthetic.
Beneath all that not-carbon-fiber beats the precision Breitling B12 action – an in-house automatic chronograph movement characterized by 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers and backed by a generous 70-hour power reserve. A watch of power, pride and ultimate endurance – Breitling is a respected watch name world wide in the aeronautical arena.
The B12 has a great deal in common with, Breitling’s B01 Caliber, but has a military-style 24-hour display instead of the standard 12, which is undeniably cool, it’s worth pointing out that there are very few brands producing watches with 24-hour movements, and even fewer actually producing those movements in-house – a fact that puts the B12 in some pretty rare airspace.
Breitling offers logo customization for pilots with group orders. By the 1990s, the use of logos for military aviation customers expanded to include various unit logos on the Aerospace and Chronospace Auto models, primarily those of squadrons, usually part of a group purchase by pilots and navigators/flight officers of the particular unit.
Sitting alongside the rest of its tacticool Avenger cousins, it’s clear the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is targeted squarely at the helm of a multi-disciplinary fleet of military-type watches with land, sea and air competency. Starting with 100m of water resistance, all the other Avenger design signatures are here including the stenciled Arabic dial aggressively knurled screw-down crown, and a uni-directional diver-type Breitlight bezel with Breitling’s grippy rider tabs for easy manipulation with gloves. The watch is finished with a woven textile strap stitched atop a contrasting yellow rubber core which neatly matches the yellow accents on the dial.
The Breitling Avenger Hurricane will undoubtedly attract a fair amount of attention for its liberal proportions, but if its exaggerated, military-inspired design language speaks to you – and if you’ve got the wrist of a Nordic power-lifter and the confidence of a supervillain in a future Expendables sequel, this could very well be the watch for you.
Watches For Pilots at Redback Aviation Helicopter Store USA.