It’s hard to dispute Breitling’s credentials when it comes to a decent aviation watch, and it’s one of just a few brands that almost comes industry-approved. But while the heritage was made via onboard tech for airlines in the 1940s and ’50s, and later cockpit-approved by pilots in the ’50s and ’60s, it’s considered updates such as the Avenger Collection that let you know that it’s not about to trade on former glories alone.
Before we get into it, you should know that this is an update on Avenger’s 2001 debut. The 2019 edit is a performance-inspired collection created around the next gen of adventurer. Build it up out of the Breitling DNA and then send it into space… it’s not a bad idea, really.
Thing is, right about now we can’t work out whether we prefer the seven-watch collection or the Aviation Pioneers Squad that Breitling has assembled as part of its #squadmission campaign. Aimed at representing the modern era of aviation, choose your favourite from astronaut Scott Kelly, Rocio Gonzalez Torres, the first woman to rack up 1000 hours at the controls of an F-18 fighter jet, or world champion drone pilot, XBlades Racing’s Luke Bannister.
When it comes down to the collection itself, there are real choices to be made, too. Not only in style, but substance, too. Here’s our take on things. Whether you’re going for an all-out statement (we suggest the Super Avenger 48), something that says classic pilot watch (how about the Seawolf Night Mission?) or a limited edition flex (the 45 Swiss Air Force Team model has ‘One of 55’ engraved on the cashback). Maybe you simply want something you can wear every day, but still with some aviation chops to back it up. Well say hello to the Avenger Automatic 43.
When it comes to aviation watch, there are a small band of brands that take aim at the market. Those who can really do it well? That’s an even smaller band. But if you’re looking for something that will go just as well in the cockpit as it does with that limited edition Supreme tee, well there’s an argument to say that you really should call on an Avenger.