Friday, March 24, 2017

BREITLING – Avenger HURRICANE Military Edition

BREITLINGAvenger HURRICANE Military Breitlight® 50mm Chronograph Limited Edition

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The new strike force

With its black avant-garde case in Breitlight®, its dial with aeronautical-type numerals and its selfwinding Manufacture Breitling caliber powering an exclusive 24-hour display, the new Avenger Hurricane Military limited series proudly displays the assets of an instrument for which prowess is the norm.

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On this new version of this superlative-charged chronograph, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has equipped the black dial with luminescent hands and numerals featuring a slightly patinated yellow-beige color evoking the instruments produced by the brand from the 1940s to the 1960s – a nod to Breitling’s longstanding heritage in the aeronautical and military field.

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But while the Avenger Hurricane Military thereby gives the distinct impression of having already undertaken a number of missions, it above all asserts itself as a watch built to face both present and future challenges.

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Breitling has indeed equipped it with an imposing 50 mm case in Breitlight® – an exclusive high-tech material 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel yet significantly harder. It is endowed with a number of qualities (exceptional resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion, thermal stability, along with anti-magnetic and anti-allergenic properties).

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This ultra-light and sturdy construction (water-resistant to 100 m / 330 ft) is enhanced by lateral protective reinforcements, a rotating rider tab bezel as well as pushers and crown featuring a non-slip grip ensuring optimal handling, even with gloves.

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So as to set a unique and reliable cadence for timing impressive feats, the Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a selfwinding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode,

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as typically used in the military and among pilots, and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), a sure token of superior precision. The legibility of the 24 stencil-type aviation-inspired numerals, as well as the chronograph indications, is enhanced by a thick sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides.

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The exclusive strap also combines comfort and sturdiness, with a black rubber lining and sides, as well as an exterior in khaki-colored high-resistance Military textile fiber featuring tone-on-tone stitching.

A new strike force joins the Avenger Hurricane squadron.

Technical specifications

Model: Avenger HURRICANE Military Breitlight® Case 50 mm

Reference: XB12101A/BF46/283S/X20D.4  Black Dial

Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12,
Officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding
High-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour)
47 jewels
Over 70-hour power reserve
1/4th of a second chronograph,
30-minute and 12-hour totalizers
Calendar Dial aperture
Back  With screws
Diameter: 50 mm
Thickness: 16.95 mm
Bezel: Unidirectional, ratcheted
Crown:  Screw-locked, two gaskets
Crystal: Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides
Weight (without strap)     68.90 gr.
Water-resistant to 100 m/330 ft
Black Volcano
Military rubber  (Khaki Green/black)
Interhorn width: 24/20 mm
Buckle: Pushbutton folding clasp

Limited Edition  1,000-piece

Price * 9'440.00 EUR

Press Release - 2017
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Moritz Grossmann – ATUM Date Gold

Moritz GrossmannATUM Date Gold

Moritz Grossmann presents the ATUM Date

Premiere of the jumping date: 23 March at Baselworld 2017

The date indication, a complication coveted and often discussed by watch enthusiasts, is a comparatively recent development in the long history of precision watchmaking. The first wristwatches with an analogue date were only just introduced in the early 20th century. For their date display in the ATUM Date, Grossmann's watchmakers adopted this classic format as well.

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A full date scale and an unusually shaped bracket marker emphasise the elegance and functionality of the model family. The jumping date combines a precisely legible display with mechanical ingenuity and a rare degree of convenience.

Calibre 100.3

The calibre 100.3 of the ATUM Date is based on the calibre 100.1 of the ATUM line. Its characteristic elements, such as the pillar movement with 2/3 plate, wheel train, stopwork, removable winder module, escapement and oscillation system also feature the High-Artistic Finish. The jumping date mechanism is a complex ensemble of parts that are integrated in the main plate on the dial side.

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Both the winder and the handsetting mechanism are taken from the calibre 100.1. To prevent a simultaneous reverse adjustment of both systems or damage to the date switcher, the separate datesetting mechanism is uncoupled with a stop lever as soon as the handsetting crown is pulled and the stop seconds device stops the watch.

The jumping date

The jumping date relies on a complex system composed of the date switching ratchet, release lever, switching star, and the date ring with the bracket-style marker. The date ratchet consists of the wheel itself, a ring-shaped switching finger spring, and the switching finger.

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The switching finger can freely rotate on the wheel but is secured by the ring spring in a position that allows movements on both sides but always requires tensioning of the spring. The mechanism is powered by the hour wheel at a ratio of 2:1, so the ratchet wheel fully rotates anticlockwise once every 24 hours. The transmission ratio of the date marker mechanism is calibrated to 11.6°, so the increments of the date ring add up to a total of 31 days.

Datesetting mechanism

Apart from the precisely jumping date, this type of date display has the advantage that the switching finger does not engage with the wheel train except for the few milliseconds during which the jump to the next date is taking place. The date can be changed in either direction at any time while the movement continues to run.

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The separate setting crown at 10 o'clock allows the date to be easily corrected, for instance at the end of a month. Normally, this setting crown is not engaged, so inadvertent adjustments are prevented. The crown must be pulled out to set the date. During the process, the movement continues to run and the date can be set by turning the crown in either direction. A jumper spring causes the date ring with the marker to precisely engage in the selected position.

Dial and hands

On the solid-silver dial, the minute scale is shifted inward to provide space for the complete date scale from 1 to 31. The blue date numerals clearly contrast against the applied hour markers. To avoid competition with the hour and minute hands, the date indicator points to the date from the circumference instead of from the centre.

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Lavishly finished by hand, the bracket-shaped date marker is annealed to a brown-violet hue to contrast against the blue date numerals. The ATUM Date is fitted with the typical lancet-style hands. In the manufacture, they are crafted, finished, and annealed to a brown hue to match the rose-gold case. For the white-gold model, all hands are made of polished stainless steel.

With the complete date scale in both versions, the ATUM Date delivers an impressive sense of the progression of days.

The ATUM Date is presented in rose-gold and white-gold versions.


Model: ATUM Date
Reference    MG-000804  Rose Gold
Reference    MG-000807  White Gold

Manufacture calibre 100.3, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
No. of parts:    259
No. of jewels:    26, of which 3 in screwed gold chatons
Escapement:    Lever escapement 
Movement dimensions:    Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 7.56 mm
Oscillator:     Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws,  
Nivarox 1 balance spring with No. 80 Breguet terminal curve, Gerstenberger geometry

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Balance:    Diameter 14.2 mm, frequency 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve:   42 hours when fully wound
Hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, date display, Grossmann manual winder with pusher
Special features   
Grossmann balance; handsetting override and start of movement with lateral pusher; precisely jumping date display with a peripheral marker; bidirectional date adjustment with a separate crown at 10 o'clock; space-saving modified Glashütte stopwork with backlash; adjustment with Grossmann micrometer screw on cantilevered balance cock; pillar movement with 2/3 plate and pillars made of untreated German silver; balance cock and escape-wheel cock hand-engraved; broad horizontal Glashütte ribbing; 3-band snailing on the ratchet wheel; raised gold chatons with pan-head screws; separately removable clutch winding mechanism; stop seconds for handsetting
Operating elements   
Two crowns in 750/000 gold to wind the watch and set the time and the date, pusher in 750/000 gold to start the watch
Three-part, precious metal 
  • Reference    MG-000804
    Case:    750/000 rose gold
    Manually crafted, steel annealed to a brown hue
  • Reference    MG-000807
    Case:    750/000 white gold
    Manually crafted, polished stainless steel
Case dimensions: 
Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 11.85 mm
Solid silver, hour markers in gold
Hands:    Manually crafted, in steel or stainless steel
Crystal and display back:    Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
Hand-stitched alligator strap with prong buckle in precious metal

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