At Baselworld 2016, I got to play with the first watch using Breitling's so-called "Breitlight" material, which is the Breitling Avenger Hurricane (debuted on Blogto Watch here). This is a deceptively interesting watch even though it's clearly not for everyone. That said, I really like it when brands like Breitling produce niche watches of this type that work really well for particular purposes. What Makes the Breitling Avenger Hurricane Weird? Well, in addition to displaying the time in a 24 to 12 hour layout, the case appears to be really large at 50mm wide and manufactured from a form of carbon polymer.
Carbon composites of various types have become increasingly popular in luxury sports watches. Carbon fiber is perhaps the best known of these materials, but it is not the only way that carbon is treated in luxury watches. Unlike other watch materials such as metal, we are still new to understanding how various replica watches uk carbon polymer materials compare to each other. Furthermore, we still need a lot of experience and information to know which cases are better than others, why, and whether materials like "Breitlight" are indeed a proprietary blend, or a clarified name a brand like Breitling applies to this type of material.
There are a lot of open questions about carbon composites that, frankly, I don't have all the answers to - how if they are actually luxury materials and how they hold up over time. What I do know is that it is not possible to properly mill and machine all carbon polymer based materials, so usually only the finest can be used for case materials. That said, we don't always know how difficult these materials are to find, their construction costs, and what types of performance and durability they offer to watches.
It is, however, a very good thing to look at brands that are experimenting with interesting materials like carbon polymers. Using these materials is less about solving existing problems in watches (aside perhaps weight reduction) and more about being creative and considering traditional watches. A good example of this is how the traditional look of this military-style Breitling case (which we, of course, saw in metal) results in a rendering in a carbon polymer. That itself is interesting and noteworthy.