Bre­itling’s su­per-tough mil­i­tary-in­flu­enced time­piece re­ports for duty

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Since 1884, Swiss watch mar­que Bre­itling has crafted fine time­pieces, many of them to func­tion along­side aero­nau­ti­cal en­deav­ours. Take its 1962 Nav­itimer Cos­mo­naute: made for as­tro­naut Scott Car­pen­ter’s Aurora 7 mis­sion, the watch fea­tured a 24-hour dial so Car­pen­ter could tell night from day while or­bit­ing Earth. Equally as im­pres­sive is Bre­itling’s Emer­gency. Fit­ted with a de­vice which can emit a 121.5 MHz dis­tress fre­quency, it saved the lives of two Bri­tish ex­plor­ers af­ter their he­li­copter crashed off Antarc­tica in 2003. Bre­itling’s lat­est of­fer­ing is the Avenger Hur­ri­cane Mil­i­tary. Lim­ited to 1,000 pieces, the jet-black 50mm watch is con­structed from Bre­it­light, an ul­tra-sturdy, light­weight ma­te­rial three times lighter than titanium (and five times lighter than steel). Anti-mag­netic, anti-al­ler­genic, su­per scratch-re­sis­tant and wa­ter­proof to 100m, the watch fea­tures a chrono­graph move­ment that dis­plays 24-hour time. It’s also COSC-cer­ti­fied, the high­est mark of pre­ci­sion ex­cel­lence. 50mm Bre­it­light Avenger Hur­ri­cane Mil­i­tary on mil­i­tary rub­ber strap, £7,875; bre­itling.com

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