Breitling’s new offering at the Avenger Hurricane sees the brand up the ante with functionality and hard-core materials.At Baselworld this year, GQ became transfixed on the Breitling rack, a watchmaker that is synonymous with daring and technical timepieces steeped in military history. The launching of their in-house base movement the Caliber B01 back in 2009 heralded a new era for the brand and the Avenger series; the newest is the Hurricane, launched at Baselworld 2016, and another reason why Brietling continues to push the boundaries of contemporary watch making.The watch case is made of a new proprietary metal called ‘Breitlight’ tracking the recent convention of watch manufacturers making their own case materials. In reality Breitling says Breitlight is four times lighter than titanium but ‘much harder’. Its listed attributes are fairly convincing. More resistance to dents, traction, and rust, it’s increased thermal equilibrium, is antimagnetic and non-allergenic. The item itself is hard, bulky and masculine. Having a title such as the Avenger Hurricane – you wouldn’t really expect anything else. In the new military-aviation-inspired tradition the 50-mm-diameter case houses an all-black “stealth” color scheme with follow yellow accents. The hour numerals are mirror and big a rocky strap layering a challenging textile fiber exterior over a yellow rubber core.