Breitlings Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

According to horological legend the first luxury watch made of steel the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak caused great consternation when it launched in 1972. Up until then there were timekeepers small, inexpensive watches like Timex and Seiko and costly pieces that you handed out at retirements from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. To build a luxury watch in steel was an outrage but eventually steel outdid watches made of precious metals.

Just wait until those steel naysayers hear about a luxury watch made of plastic.

The ultralight Avenger Hurricane 45 chronograph is the latest watch to employ Breitlings Breitlight polymer, essentially a scratch-proof amalgam that is lighter than titanium and stronger than steel. The watch itself contains a fabricate( read custom) chronograph movement and comes on a rubberized canvas strap. All of this means that this is one of the strongest and lightest watches youll ever wear.

The 45 mm piece feels nearly evanescent, especially when compared to similarly sized steel chronographs. While I didnt run this thing over with a truck the polymer was scratch resistant and very comfortable and, because its made of plastic, its nice for folks with allergies to metal on the skin. It was a comfortable wear not heavy at all and the 45 mm face was comfortable to wear and seemed smaller than it was.

Why would you want a plastic watch? Breitling has taken aches to explain that this isnt merely a hunk of plastic squeezed into a mold and filled with a motion. This is a specialty material, one made to order by Breitling and produced in very small quantities. There are two other models that use the material, a 24 -hour chronograph and the Colt Skyracer, a three hand model. Considering the last big material change in watches came when Chanel and others started using ceramic, plastic isnt that much of a stretch.

How much is the pleasure of owning a one-of-a-kind plastic watch? Try $ 8,390, a price that reflects the manufacture movement, the chronograph certification( each Breitling is officially certified for accuracy, a fairly meaningless thing in a world of smartwatches but is still important when it comes to mechanicals ), and the ultra light case. It just goes to show you that the definition of luxury changes every few years or decades and that todays timekeeper is tomorrows luxury item.

The Avenger Hurricane 45 is shipping now.

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