Buff Brigade

Bre­itling bol­sters its Avenger line-up with two new mem­bers out­fit­ted in high-tech cases.

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Special Feature -

Loaded with brawny mas­culin­ity, Bre­itling has al­ways un­apolo­get­i­cally stuck to its guns by de­liv­er­ing watches that are big on machismo. Its ac­tion- packed Avenger series en­cap­su­lates ev­ery ma­cho su­perla­tive there is, so when two new re­cruits joins the team, they nat­u­rally raise the bar on tough­ness with their pow­er­ful physiques.

As far as ap­pear­ances go, the Avenger Hur­ri­cane is one in­cred­i­ble hulk of a wrist­watch, flaunt­ing a stand­out 50mm frame that looks like it could hit with for­mi­da­ble force. The bulky beast is no mere meat­head, how­ever, as it’s con­structed from an in­no­va­tive pro­pri­etary poly­mer called “Bre­it­light”. This ex­clu­sive high-tech ma­te­rial is nearly six times lighter than steel, and over three times lighter than ti­ta­nium. Be­yond the con­sid­er­able weight sav­ings, it’s also anti- mag­netic, hy­poal­ler­genic, and largely im­per­vi­ous to cor­ro­sion or scratches. Be­neath all that tex­tured com­pos­ite ma­te­rial beats the Cal­i­bre B12, the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Bre­itling’s base B01 man­u­fac­ture move­ment, fea­tur­ing a 24- hour mil­i­tary-style time dis­play on top of chrono­graph func­tion­al­ity, 70- hour power re­serve, and COSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The “tac­ti­cool” de­meanour com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the col­lec­tion is achieved here in black with yel­low ac­cents, along­side a wo­ven tex­tile strap stitched atop a yel­low rub­ber core to match.

While there’s no deny­ing that overt man­li­ness makes Bre­itling’s world, there are oc­ca­sions that call for a stealth­ier ap­proach. Touted as the first Avenger chrono­graph in ti­ta­nium, the Avenger Ban­dit ap­peals as a brood­ing, darker com­pan­ion with­out the all- black out­look. Rather, it’s dis­tin­guished by a matte grey com­plex­ion that be­gins with the ul­tra­light and sturdy ti­ta­nium case, satin- brushed to re­move any un­nec­es­sary glint­ing, and fol­lows through to the tone- on-tone coun­ters on the dial. The rest of the watch is ded­i­cated to sig­na­ture de­sign el­e­ments of the col­lec­tion (which also ap­pear on the Hur­ri­cane): avi­a­tion- in­spired sten­cilled nu­mer­als, waf­fle-tex­tured screw- down crown and push­ers, and rider tabs on the uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­ing bezel. Fi­nally, the watch is se­cured with a brand new strap com­bin­ing a rub­ber tread with an an­thracite tex­tile ex­te­rior for max­i­mum com­fort and re­sis­tance.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the Avenger Hur­ri­cane and Avenger Ban­dit in Bre­itling’s avi­a­tion-themed ex­hi­bi­tion at The Paragon from 9 to 19 June, along­side a cut­ting- edge flight sim­u­la­tor cre­ated by the brand for a taste of aero­nau­ti­cal ad­ven­ture.

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