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Breitling announces Avenger collection

For pilots who demand the best

The latest news from Breitling, the Swiss watch maker with ties to aviation, is the newly redesigned Avenger collection.

Photo courtesy of Breitling.
Photo courtesy of Breitling.

Breitling claims that this new series of watches provide the “next level of functionality in a bold design” for pilots who demand the best.

“The Avenger was created to stand up to the relentless conditions of a jet cockpit and to support pilots in demanding aerial maneuvers. Its redesign demanded nothing less,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “This collection pairs all the performance with sophisticated modern aviation style.”

The new range comes in three formats. A 44 mm chronograph, a 44 mm automatic GMT, and a 42 mm automatic. All pieces come with a choice of military leather strap with folding pin buckle or three-row stainless-steel bracelet with micro-adjustable folding clasp. Each has a 300-meter water resistance. “And whether you can pull off a barrel roll or not, you’ll appreciate their easy-grip functionality and corrosion-resistant construction,” Breitling said in its press release announcing the new collection November 1, 2023.

The “force” behind the new Avenger chronograph is the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which Breitling says provides approximately 70 hours of power. It comes with a five-year-warranty, as well as being a COSC-certified chronometer.

According to the manufacturer, here are the highlights of the new collection: To reveal the movement’s precise mechanics, the chronos are equipped with an open sapphire-crystal caseback; core models feature a colored dial (blue, green, black, or sand-colored) and rotating 60-minute bezel in stainless steel; baton indexes streamline the dial, giving prominence to the red-tipped chrono hand; note the grip pattern on the crown and bezel, and the new square pushers, designed for the smoothest timekeeping operation.

For those looking for an even bolder look, the Avenger Night Mission chronograph—with a vibrant yellow or carbon black dial—has a case and bezel constructed entirely of scratch-resistant ceramic, adds Breitling. Its caseback, crown, pushers, and buckle, are crafted in solid titanium, providing the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. Dial numerals provide superior legibility, particularly on the black dial, made specially out of resilient carbon fiber. “If you picked up on the fact that carbon fiber, titanium, and steel are also the stuff of aircraft design, it’s no coincidence. The Avenger is made to be light and tough, just like the jets they fly in,” said the press release.

Since the 1930s, Breitling has aligned itself with aviation when its third-generation founder Willy Breitling proposed making precision aircraft instruments and pilots’ chronographs, the most famous of which is the Breitling Navitimer. “No other watch brand has a more impressive and enduring link to aviation,” says Breitling.

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Julie Walker

Julie Summers Walker

AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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