Breitling Goes Retro with Its Premier Collection

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 with silver dial and black alligator leather strap (PPR/Breitling)

At the moment, Breitling is going through some changes, like most of you already know, since Georges Kern became CEO last year. The huge, bold men chronographs everyone knows are making way for more sober models, sporting a beautiful vintage vibe. This was clearly evident at the first “Breitling Summit”, where the manufacturer presented its new Premier Collection.
This new collection contains five different models, all reminiscent of the 1940s, when Breitling introduced its first elegant watches. They all combine purpose with style, delivering quality, performance and a timeless design. We will look at the Premier B01 Chronograph 42, which comes in three different colors. We fell in love with this timepieces at first sight. They have a clear vintage touch and are modern nonetheless.

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The panda dial is a classic and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it. Breitling has oped for a very clean design, especially for its standards, but the tachymeter scale is still there. It runs around the outer edges of the dial against a black backdrop which makes for a lovely understated look. All hands for the normal hours, minutes and seconds are polished so they are set apart from the chronograph functions. We love that the date dial has the exact same color as the various dials which might seem like a triviality, but it’s really not. At 3 o’clock you’ll find the chronograph minute-counter, at 9 o’clock Breitling placed the running second. The dial design is sober and restrained, really nicely balanced. All the numerals sport the same style and size. The Premier B01 Chronograph 42 is for everyone who never really couldn’t warm up to Breitling watches. The design is lovely, neat, understated. Do we sound appropriately excited? Because we are!

The proportions of the case are also great. It’s big enough to make sure the dial has enough room to offer great legibility. The lugs are short and guarantee that the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 will also fit smaller wrists nicely. With a diameter of 42 mm this watch is a relatively small Breitling but still prominent. The stainless steel case is water-resistant up to 10 bar.

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 with silver dial and black alligator leather strap (PPR/Breitling)

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 with silver dial and black alligator leather strap (PPR/Breitling)

The chronograph is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01. The automatic movement provides what watch lovers want most of all: a big power reserve (at least 70 hours, Breitling says) and high accuracy. The movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz and is extremely reliable.

So, this is the new Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42. A beautiful watch with three different dials to choose from and a handsome leather strap that matches the color of the dial. Breitling also offers a stainless steel bracelet.

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