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Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

Jason Pitsch

Breitling has been in the news a lot lately, with rumors of a potential sale of the company swirling around before and during Baselworld, and then subsequently culminating with the announcement late last month that the majority shares of the family owned company were acquired by Europe’s largest private equity firm. While it is unclear what product changes, if any, will take place at Breitling, at least for the short-term future, large watches are there to stay. Bringing us to the Avenger Hurricane Military, which was debuted at Baselworld and features a 50 mm x 16.95 mm case, that despite its massive dimensions, weighs just 68.90 grams without the strap. This is because the case is crafted from the company’s proprietary ultra-light Breitlight® material for the case, which is a lightweight polymer (plastic composite) that has the look of forged

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Breitling majority stake acquired by private equity firm

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Today, following widespread speculation that Breitling SA was for sale, beginning in November of last year, we now know the rumors were true and an agreement to sell an 80% majority stake in Breitling – to CVC, one of the world’s leading private equity firms – has been made. CVC Capital Partners specializes in this type of acquisition, although a cursory check of their current portfolio shows that they have no current investments that compare to this one, as the watch industry is a very particular, and is facing a very tough business climate right now. Nevertheless, Theodore Schneider, the current majority owner of Breitling will reportedly still maintain a 20% share of the company, so at least there will be some continuity. “I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level,” said Théodore

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Breitling Navitimer Heritage Special Edition

In October 2016, Breitling announced a special edition of their most famous model – the Navitimer – which first came out in 1952. Over the years there have been numerous re-editions, including here and here, however, for 2016, they came out with a slightly smaller 42 mm diameter model with a bit more vintage flair. The Navitimer Heritage “Edition Speciale” has a noticeably different subdial configuration (12, 6, 9 instead of 3, 6, 9 o’clock) and that is due to the fact that the ETA based Breitling caliber 13 powers this watch whereas the in-house Breitling caliber 01 powers some of the most recent Navitimers. The Navitimer Heritage is available in a black or blue dial with a matching rubber strap with an aircraft tire tread motif. It is also available on a steel bracelet or leather strap. The matte

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Breitling launches second watch with proprietary Breitlight case

First introduced last year at Baselworld 2016, with the Avenger Hurricane, this week Breitling announced its second watch collection to utilize the company’s high-tech proprietary polymer case material “Breitlight.” Breitlight® is registered trademark of Breitling which the manufacture claims is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, yet significantly harder. The company also says it has “exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; anti-magnetic, anti-allergenic properties; as well as a warmer ‘touch’ than metal and a slightly mottled effect accentuating its originality.” The case looks similar to a forged carbon fiber, which was pioneered by Audemars Piguet, however, likely due to its brittle natural the company eventually moved to ceramic which is far less susceptible to damage, as you can see with their diver from 2013 and the latest Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in ceramic from

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Breitling Chronospace Evo Night Mission

Following the Aerospace Evo Night Vision that was introduced last year, and which has a digital-analog display powered by a Superquartz movement, Breitling has announced the Chronospace Evo Night Mission which has a fully analog display powered by a Superquartz movement. As this is the Evo Night Mission collection, the case is crafted in titanium that features a matte black satin-brushed finish, and an engraved bezel with raised markers (rider tabs) – for improved grip when operating the unidirectional bezel – at zero, 15, 30, and 45. The case of the Chronospace Evo is 43 mm in diameter, in comparison to the larger 46 mm diameter of the Aerospace. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters and features screw-down crown. The rugged professional watch is powered by a caliber 73 Superquartz movement, that Breitling claims is ten times more accurate

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Breitling Emergency Night Mission

The Breitling Emergency is an instrument wristwatch designed for professionals, to aid in emergency situations by sending out a dual-frequency signal (121.5 MHz and 406 MHz) distress signal and acting as a beacon to aid in search and rescue in any number of emergency scenarios where being located could mean the difference between life and death. The technology uses a miniaturized radio transmitter – including an antenna that can be extended out of the large crown located on the bottom right lug of the case – to increase the range of the homing beacon. The Personal Locator Beacon works with the International Cospas-Sarsat satellite system and can both trigger alerts and guide search and rescue operations. The Breitling Emergency Night Mission is powered by a Breitling SuperQuartz chronograph movement, which is ten times more accurate than standard quartz. And now,

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Breitling Navitimer GMT Aurora Blue

Aesthetically similar to the Breitling Navitimer Blue Sky that we covered in 2012, the new Breitling Navitimer GMT Aurora Blue adds a second timezone and 5 mm to the case diameter. The Navitimer GMT is powered by automatic caliber B04 which beats at 4Hz, has 47 jewels, and a 70-hour power reserve. In addition to the 2nd time zone, that is indicated by the red arrow tipped central hand, the watch also features a 1/4th of a second chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters. A rotating circular slide rule bezel allows for a number of calculations. The dial, which is protected by a curved sapphire crystal, is dominated by its Aurora Blue sunburst finish in the center, surrounded by an off-white colored flange, and the usual slide rule calculations, chronograph counters and seconds hand, and a 24-hour 2nd time zone

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Breitling Avenger Blackbird

With an aggressive blackened titanium case measuring 48 mm x 14.40 mm – and with a depth rating of 300 meters – the new Breitling Avenger Blackbird is essentially a larger, more robust version of the Avenger Blackbird 44. Both the 48 and 44 mm versions share the same design, same dial, and same automatic caliber 17 (ETA 2824) movement. The differences are in the case dimensions, weight, and water-resistance rating. The 48 mm model is 4 mm larger in diameter and 1.70 mm thicker, while weight has increased by 17.50 grams. With the additional size and weight, the Avenger Blackbird gains an additional 100 meters (or 328 feet) of water-resistance. The Avenger Blackbird, which we previously talked about here, comes with a sturdy military-type Teflon-coated black textile strap. (Ref. V1731010.BD12.100W) The retail price is $5105.

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Breitling Chronoworks Performance Labs

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Chronoworks Performance Labs refers to the advanced research and development department at Breitling’s headquarters in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Simply put, the team develops and tests new technologies that can be utilized to enhance series-production watches. The Superocean Heritage Chronoworks is the first timepiece to utilize the chronometric enhancements developed by Chronoworks. These enhancements represent five key areas that start with the existing caliber B01 – Breitling’s first in-house mechanical movement – and result in a reworked caliber that outperforms the existing movement in many ways. Breitling caliber B01 Chronoworks Silicon wheels A watch movement is at halt 95% of the time, and each time it restarts there is a loss of energy. To offset this, the movement’s center wheel, third wheel, and fourth wheel have been manufactured with silicon which reduces weight by about half – making the restarting, and

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Breitling for Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon

This is the new Breitling Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon, a watch that is technically distinguished technically by its B06 manufacture chronograph inside, and visually by its aggressive oversized 49 mm diameter all black steel case, and an unusual dark blue mother-of-pearl dial. Underneath the dial is a COSC-certified chronometer movement, as seen in all Breitling watches, however, this is, of course, an in-house manufactured caliber. Most worth noting is the unique “30-second chronograph” configuration that was inspired by a Breitling patent dating back to 1926. It is distinguished by a central chrono hand (red tipped and with a Breitling emblem counterweight), that fully sweeps the dial in 30 seconds, as opposed the typical 60 seconds sweep, thus providing 1/8th of second elapsed time accuracy (as opposed to the more common 1/4th of a second accuracy with many 60-second chronograph indications).

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