Breitling is no stranger to delivering watches to military units, and we are not only talking Air Force here. Their watches are equally appreciated by other branches of the armed forces. With the new Avenger Hurricane Military, the brand pays tribute to this heritage, and to those who serve.
Part of a 1.000 piece limited edition the Avenger Hurricane Military looks all business. Its case is crafted from Breitlight. This is an high-tech material exclusively developed for Breitling. It is 3.3 times lighter than titanium, yet harder than steel. This makes it also highly resistance against scratches, while at the same time the material is alto anti-allergenic and anti-magnetic.
Its light weight allowed Breitling to make this chronograph 50mm in diameter, allowing for superb visibility. The numerals on the dial feature a stenciled, military look, and although Breitling themselves look at the yellow-beige color of them as being vintage inspired, I see in them the perfect camouflage color for a desert operation, especially combined with the khaki-colored strap. This strap is made from a special high-resistance Military textile fiber.
The 24-hour dial is another reference to Breitling’s military heritage, but also civilians will grow to love it. That grow needs to be taken quite literally, as it will take most people some time to read a 24-hour dial with ease, especially at a glance. Then it turns out that it offers quite a few advantages over a regular 12-hour dial.
The chronograph is powered by Breitling’s manufacture Caliber B12. This Chronometer certified movement runs at 4Hz and has a generous power reserve of 70 hours. The case is water resistant to 100 meters/330 feet, and Breitling paid in particular attention that the crown, chronograph pushers, as well as the rotating bezel, are easy to operate with gloves on. The sapphire crystal is chambered and glare proofed on both sides, for optimal visibility under all circumstances. The finishing touch on a watch that you definitely want on your wrist when the going gets tough.