Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44_CMYK

Just announced by Breitling is the newly refreshed Avenger collection, updating the entire line to include chronograph, GMT, and automatic models. Introduced more than two decades ago as a sportier and more accessible alternative to the Chronomat, the Avenger has become a mainstay in Breitling’s lineup with its bold modern pilot’s watch style. Of course, one of the most common complaints among watch enthusiasts is that the case size is too large compared to the previous generation, starting at 43mm and gradually increasing up to 48mm. Well, those detractors will be pleased with this updated collection that shrinks case size considerably along with new dials and in-house movements for the chronograph.

The Avenger Chronograph has moved from offering 43, 45 and 48mm cases to a uniform 44mm across the board. Measuring 44 mm wide and 15.2 mm thick with a 53 mm lug height (300 m water resistance), the chronograph is now equipped with the Breitling Manufacturing Caliber 01 replacing the Valjoux 7750. old. This COSC-certified in-house movement operates at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 70 hours and boasts a column wheel and vertical clutch. Caliber 01 allows the new version to have chronograph sub-dials at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock instead of 6, 9 and 12 o’clock which most people prefer. The date window is completely removed, and the vintage-style B Breitling logo that replaces the winged logo appears to have been completely eliminated except for the Professional line.

The core Avenger Chronograph models feature steel cases with black, blue, green, and sand-colored dials on matching steel straps or bracelets. I’m happy to see Breitling also chose to update the always cool Night Mission version, which comes in a black ceramic case with a black or yellow carbon dial.

The Avenger Automation GMT 44 also shrinks the case down a bit compared to the previous 45mm version. At 44m wide and 12mm thick with a lug-to-lug height of 53mm (300m water resistance), the GMT largely retains its previous aesthetic despite having a B logo instead of wings. Still powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 32 (essentially an ETA 2893), it operates at 28,800 vph with a 42-hour power reserve.

Finally, there is the new Avenger Automation 42 facility. Previously offered in 43 or 45mm versions, there is now only a 42mm version, which is quite suitable for this type of sports watch. Made of steel, the Avenger Automation 42 measures 42mm wide and 12.15mm thick with a lug-to-tip height of 51.21mm (also 300m water resistant). It is still powered by the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 17 (ETA 2824), operating at 28,800 vph with a 38-hour power reserve. Again, the dial has not changed much except for the Breitling logo. It comes in black, blue, and green dial options with a matching steel strap or bracelet.

Breitling clearly knows how to read a space, and the new Avenger collection reflects consumer desire for smaller, more wearable cases that don’t exceed the 44mm mark. It’s clear they’re also trying to move the collection upmarket with price increases across the board. The chronograph updates are the most significant, reflected in significant price increases to $8,000 for the bracelet and $8,250 for the bracelet. The Night Mission with yellow dial is priced at $9,300 USD while the carbon dial version is $9,500 USD. The Avenger automatic GMT is priced at $5,250 on the strap and $5,500 on the bracelet while the Avenger automatic 42 is priced at $4,600 on the strap and $4,850 on the bracelet.

 

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