Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. The firm has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments. Breitling is one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movements, entirely developed and manufactured in its own workshops. This family business is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands.

A leader in the field of mechanical chronographs, Breitling is also in the forefront of electronics in watchmaking. The brand has indeed established itself in the vanguard of innovation by creating the Emergency, the world’s first wristwatch equipped with an authentic integrated dual frequency personal locator beacon, as well as by developing its own multifunction electronic chronograph movement, specifically designed to meet the needs of aviators.

Trained in the tough school of aviation, a domain where safety is of vital importance, Breitling displays the same obsession with quality in all its 100% Swiss made “instruments for professionals”. The firm is one of the world’s very few watch brands to submit all its movements (both mechanical and quartz) to the merciless tests of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – the highest benchmark of precision and reliability, and the only one based on an international norm. The brand built an ultra-modern facility named Breitling Chronométrie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, dedicated to the development and production of mechanical chronograph movements.

Whether in terms of the sturdiness and water resistance of its cases, the clarity and readability of its dials, or the robustness and comfort of its bracelets, each detail of the watch exterior is designed to withstand intensive use in the most trying conditions, and is subjected to countless controls throughout the production process. You simply don’t become official supplier to world aviation by chance.


On black titanium wings

High-performance, accurate and functional by nature, the Avenger Blackbird in its 48 mm version embodies a concentrated blend of the Breitling spirit. It confirms these qualities in a new 44 mm diameter with an equally strong presence on the wrist. Its watchword is undoubtedly ‘power in action’.

The robust yet light case in titanium, a metal much favored in the aeronautical world, features a highly resistant black carbon-based coating – resulting in a ‘stealth’ look without glare and further accentuated by the satin-brushed finish. The sleek, ergonomic profile is extended by inward curving lugs. The dial stands out by its excellent legibility, with large hour-markers and hands highlighted by a luminescent substance, along with a red border framing the date window. The unidirectional rotating bezel, fitted with four rider tabs to facilitate handling, keeps an extremely precise count of flight or dive times. The large screw-locked crown with non-slip grip is equipped with reinforcements to protect against shocks.

This clear-cut vocation for top-flight accomplishments is also reflected in the Military type anthracite strap in an ultra-sturdy high-tech fabric. To guarantee first-rate performances, the Avenger Blackbird 44 carries an officially chronometer-certified selfwinding movement aboard a case that is water-resistant to 200 m (660ft). A new companion on the most extreme missions.

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