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The Alluring Power of Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

December 20, 2023 4 min read

The Alluring Power of Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

When talking about jet pilot watches of the highest quality, the Avenger series is bound to come up at the top of the list. That entails that a member of that infamous watch family must come with a top-notch pedigree and features. Are such genetics inherited by the Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H series? Let's see.


Initial notes on the Breitling Avenger Hurricane series

Hurricane watches are a separate branch of the Avenger series. They build on the rich tradition of their ancestors while bringing something new and original to the table, just like any new generation should do. There are currently four different models available in the Breitling Avenger Hurricane series:

  • XB0170E41B1W1
  • XB0170E41B1S2
  • XB0170E41I1S2
  • XB0170E41I1S1

Today, we feature the Avenger Hurricane 12H XB0170E41B1W1 in close detail.

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

A perfect harmony of black and blue, Breitling Avenger Huricane 12H combined with Ladder Navy Blue FKM Quick Release rubber strap


Avenger Hurricane 12H Case features

The case is what first comes to light when the difference between Avenger and extended family members is concerned. Even though it's younger, the Avenger Hurricane 12H can be regarded as the bigger brother when size is the matter. However, although significantly bigger, boasting a 50mm diameter, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is very much lighter than its Avenger brothers and sisters, 83.7 grams compared to 137 grams.

All thanks to a unique material that premiered with the Avenger Hurricane series and became one of its prominent trademarks: Breitlight. That's Breitling's high-tech proprietary polymer case material, 5.8 times lighter while considerably harder than steel. To push the case material boundaries even further, Breitlight is scratch, corrosion, and traction resistant, plus it comes with anti-magnetic and anti-allergic features.

Even though the case is lightweight for its size, the designers of the Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H opted for a larger, 24mm lug watch strap. The main reason for that is probably to keep the masculine appeal at the highest level, which they fully succeeded.

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

An all-black masculine casual appeal of Avenger Hurricane 12H when paired with Straight End Brushed Black FKM Rubber Band


Under the hood of the Hurricane

The power force behind the Avegenger Hurricane 12H is Brietling's trusty Caliber 01. That automatic mechanical movement is also featured in a great number of other Breitling memorable watches, such as the Montbrillant and Chronomat series and the Transocean chronograph, to name just a few. The 70-hour power reserve it secures and the smoothness of the complication push-pieces are additional complimentary features of that great movement. Both of these features guarantee pristine chronograph complication operation and diligent general operation, as well.

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

Avenger Hurricane 12H reaches another level of sporty elegance when matched with Pam Collection, Brown French Crafted Barenia Leather Strap with Beige Stitching


Avenger Hurricane 12H dial(s)

The dial comes in two color options: the black one featured in the photos here and the yellow one. It's packed with features: two chronograph subdials (the 30-minute one at the 3 o'clock position and the 12-hour one at 6 o'clock), a small seconds display and 9 o'clock and a date display amidst the 4 o'clock and the 5 o'clock markers. All three subdials are elegantly housed underneath the surface of the main dial, creating a neat depth effect.

The tip of the central chronograph seconds hand in the black dial version is yellow, the same shade the scale around the 30-minute chronograph subdial is, which provides great visibility in all conditions. The easy-to-read feature is further complemented by the stencil-type Arabic numerals that denote the hour's markings, resembling the design of the airplane cockpit.

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

Orange, indeed is the new black when Breitling Avenger Hurricane is paired with a Pam Collection, Orange French Crafted Barenia Leather Strap with Beige Stitching

Thanks to the size of the watch, all those dial elements sit comfortably, and the dial does not seem overcrowded at any moment or angle, enabling an easy read of all the data displayed. The designers of Hurricane's unidirectional ratcheted bezel also kept readability in mind. Consequently, it comes with four rider tabs and Arabic numbers of ideal size, one that does not get in the way of the dial hour markers and, at the same time, is easy to read.

The dial is shielded by a convex Sapphire crystal glass that has an anti-reflexive coating on both sides. That feature secures a perfectly clear view of all the details featured on the dial, which does justice to both the dial and the watch owners.


Versatile wearability of Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

Both black and yellow dial versions bear another thing in common: they are highly versatile when it comes to pairing with diverse watch straps. Both work great with different materials, leather, and rubber being top choices. In addition, the color palette of different combinations is such that a great number of successful combos are available. And all able to meet the expectations of watch lovers who prefer casual, sporty, elegant, and all-in-between combinations of styles.

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

Avenger Hurricane 12H radiates smart elegance when paired with Ladder Black FKM Quick Release rubber watch strap

You can see a number of successful and appealing combinations of Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H with different types of watch straps. Of course, due to the limited size of the blog, only a selected number of combos could be displayed, while possible combinations are as close to limitless as it gets.

The Avenger Hurricane also makes a nice elegant all-black pair with a touch of light brown matched with MiLTAT Black Calf + Hand Stitch Dark Brown Suede strap


In summary

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H is one of those watches that simply cannot go unnoticed. Such an impression is a result of several factors. Those are dominant physique, elegant design, renowned brand, and supreme craftsmanship invested in its creation and production. When you add its versatility and ample different possible combinations that enable it to smoothly sail between a number of styles, the Avenger Hurricane 12h XB0170E41B1W1 could easily become the only watch one would ever need to meet all their needs.

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H

Pam Collection, Dark Brown Croco Grain Italian Leather Strap with Beige Stitching makes a great casual elegance vibe pair with the Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H


Written by S.K., images by Toni


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