Breitling’s ultra-masculine Super Avenger model has been offered in numerous variations over the years, most recently with a military-style 24-hour dial, but up until now it has been one of the few collections without a Breitling-made engine under its hood. That changes with the release of the new Super Avenger 01 Boutique Edition, the first Super Avenger outfitted with the brand’s in-house Caliber 01, and limited to 100 pieces, and available only, as its name would suggest, at the 60 Breitling Replica boutiques worldwide.
While there is very little that could be called subtle about this weighty, 48-mm timepiece, the details denoting the Super Avenger 01 as a limited edition qualify, namely the red “Edition Limitée” inscription above the 6 o’clock subdial, and the red sections of track on the periphery of the 3 o’clock subdial. The dial, in Breitling’s hallmark “Volcano Black,” features the familiar three-register arrangement, with tone-on-tone, snailed subdials at 3 o’clock, for the 30-minute chrono counter, 6 o’clock for the 12-hour chrono counter, and 9 o’clock for the running seconds. Picking up the details of the dial, the central chronograph seconds hand is also in red, and tallies elapsed times to 1/4 second. The date appears in a window at 4:30; the hour and minute hands and the applied hour indices are all suitably large and legible, with luminescent coating.
Ticking beneath a special caseback engraved with a vintage-look pin-up and a “Special Delivery” inscription, is the aforementioned Caliber 01, Breitling’s first in-house movement. Its features include automatic winding, an integrated chronograph function, a high-frequency of 28,800 vph (hence the 1/4-second timekeeping precision), a 70-hour power reserve, and most importantly for those accuracy stickler, a COSC chronometer certification. The movement is protected inside the 300-meter water-resistant steel case, which is enhanced with a unidirectional, ratcheted rotating bezel with Breitling’s characteristic rider tabs; screwed-in push-piece guards for the chronograph pushers and a screw-locked crown; and a curved sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides. The whole ensemble comes mounted on a steel bracelet in Breitling Replica Wacthes’s recognizable “Professional” style and retails for $7,800.