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INTRODUCING: Breitling’s newly redesigned Avenger series

The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission in ceramic case with carbon fibre dial.

Two chronographs, a chronograph GMT, and a time-only model channel the Avenger family’s supersonic strength and full-throttle functionality.

Since Georges Kern took over Breitling in 2017, he has streamlined the brand’s offerings. The Chronomat range was updated in 2020 with its iconic Rouleaux bracelet, and the Navitimer’s 2022 revisions included changes to its movement, size, and colourways.

Breitling's Aviation Pioneer Squad (from left) - Astronaut Scott Kelly, F-18 pilot Rocío González Torres, and drone pilot Luke Bannister.
Breitling's Aviation Pioneer Squad (from left) - Astronaut Scott Kelly, F-18 pilot Rocío González Torres, and drone pilot Luke Bannister.

The Avenger series, which combines Breitling’s historic aviation credentials with diving watch deets, also received the Kern touch. In 2019, he refined the dimensions of this ruggedly sophisticated collection. He also reaffirmed its status as the ultimate tool watch by putting it on the wrists of Spanish F-18 fighter jet pilot Rocío González Torres, 19-year-old world champion drone pilot Luke Bannister, and celebrated astronaut Scott Kelly.

The New Avengers

The new Breitling Avenger collection for 2023.
The new Breitling Avenger collection for 2023.

Four years later, the Avenger family welcomes a few new members – two 44mm chronographs, a 44mm automatic GMT, and a 42mm automatic. Each watch is fitted with a self-winding COSC-certified movement and is water-resistant to 300m. You do not have to be a jet pilot to appreciate the features of this watch – from its easy-grip functionality to its corrosion-resistant construction.

The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 in naval-blue, camo-green, and sand dial.
The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 in blue, green, and sand dials.

The two chronograph models – Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 and Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission – are powered by Breitling's in-house Calibre 01, which provides approximately 70 hours of power reserve. To reveal the movement’s precise mechanics, the watches are equipped with an exhibition caseback. The former boasts four dial colours in blue, green, black, and sand, ringed by a rotating 60-minute stainless steel bezel.

The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 with sand dial on the wrist of a Patrouille Suisse pilot.
The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 with sand dial on the wrist of a Patrouille Suisse pilot.

On the dials, simple baton-shaped indexes allow the red-tipped chronograph hand to stand out, while the grip pattern on the crown and bezel and new square pushers are designed for easy operation. There is a choice between black, blue, green, or sand-coloured military leather straps or a stainless-steel bracelet with a folding clasp.

The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission models boast ceramic cases with yellow or carbon fibre dials.
The Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission models boast ceramic cases with yellow or carbon fibre dials.

The Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission has a bolder look. A yellow or carbon black dial is positioned within a case and bezel constructed entirely of scratch-resistant ceramic, while its caseback, crown, pushers, and buckle are crafted in solid titanium. Super-LumiNova-coated indexes, numerals, and hands provide superior legibility, particularly on the black dial, which is made of resilient carbon fibre. The watches are completed by matching military leather straps with a titanium folding pin buckle.

The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 44 in steel case and bracelet with blue dial.
The Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 44 in steel case and bracelet with blue dial.

A timepiece sure to be prized by both pilots and frequent flyers, the Avenger Automatic GMT 44 provides easy reading of Zulu time alongside a 24-hour rotating bezel by way of a red GMT hand. This watch boasts the same 44mm diameter as the chronographs but is trimmer by 2mm – a little easier to fit under a shirt cuff, we’d say, although it has an assertive 53mm lug-to-lug width. The steel-cased watch comes in a choice of black or naval blue dials, with a military leather strap or a three-row stainless steel bracelet. The watches are powered by the Breitling Calibre 32 with approximately 42 hours of power reserve.

The Breitling Avenger Automatic 42 is available in a steel case with green, blue, or black dials, paired with a military leather strap or bracelet.
The Breitling Avenger Automatic 42 is available in a steel case with green, blue, or black dials, paired with a military leather strap or bracelet.

Finaly, three Avenger Automatic 42 models provide wrist-friendly options with black, navy blue, and khaki green dials. Beautifully well-balanced, they share the robustness of their larger brethren within a smaller diameter of 42mm. The watches are paired with a matching military leather strap or three-row stainless-steel bracelet. Its engine is the Breitling Calibre 17 movement, delivering up to 38 hours of power reserve.

Breitling's new Avengers are available at their boutiques from this month onwards. Head to your nearest boutique to check them out.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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