Breitling Premier B01 42mm Silver/Black Dial Automatic Chronograph Watch
Since Georges Kern took over as chief CEO last year, we have seen many a great thing come from the face of Swiss watch manufacturer, Breitling. The company’s motto: “Legendary Future” certainly stroked the new Premier line's ego with a range of timepieces boasting vintage-inspired aesthetics and a classic demeanour compared to some of the bolder, more masculine designs that we've seen from the company over the last five years or so.
In fact we'd go as far as to say that when it comes to Breitling watches, there are two types of enthusiasts: one who prefers the daring, broad bezels and attention-demanding dials of watches like the Navitimer, the Chronomat or the Super Avenger - and the other audience who have a soft spot for the finer, vintage-friendly Breitling watches with classic layouts. The carefully placed Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 sits right in the middle of the two, with a design that plays about with various textures and finishes, rendering itself a chronograph with perfectly proportioned counters and a minimalist dial layout. Its Panda dial spans a depth of just 42mm on the gent's wrist including its stainless steel bezel which narrows down in multiple steps. It’s what could be considered a “safe” size for a Breitling lover, but that’s clearly the direction the manufacturer are headed in, since any larger would start verging on the bolder and thus more modern side to their iconic style.
The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 watch was team-directed by Guy Bove, who certainly leaves his impression stamped upon the design with a set of distinct elements that are instantly recognisable as his work. If you take a closer look at the watch you’ll see that the strap is integrated deep into the lugs which have been slightly curved in their manufacture to follow the subtle curvature of the case.
If you often find yourself enthusing over the finer details of a Breitling watch, you're going to love the way in which the tachymeter scale and discreet minute markers around the periphery of the dial enhance a sense of depth and dimension to the design. The manufactured Breitling Calibre 01 lives inside this professional timepiece. The chronometer certified chronograph calibre is equipped with a minimum powered reserve of 70 hours and comprises 47 jewels, operating at a performance of 28, 800 vibrations per hour. Its long power reserve doesn’t sacrifice accuracy, so its probably considered one of the most impressive movements made by Breitling by any contemporary watch investor of today. Its strategically arranged components can be admired through an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire-backed case, which offers the wearer a unique insight into some of Breitling's finest and most technical examples of watch manufacture through its window. Back over to the front of the dial and the Panda design enhances legibility with its black 1/4th of a second and 30 minute sub counters. These technical features are operational via integrated, polished push pieces at 2 and 4 o'clock on the bezel.
You can choose the strap or bracelet to complete this Breitling Premier Chronograph 42 watch on the wrist. Dress it up on a polished stainless steel link bracelet with foldable clasp and a security push system for clipping on and off the wrist effortlessly - or keep the watch looking refined and tasteful on a black leather strap with off-white contrasting that further adds a more vintage-infused look to the watch. Either way you’re sure to be turning some heads this year with this edition of Breitling’s Premier range. A design where old meets new, the focus is clearly on expert performance combined with traditional-inspired design cues taken from some of the manufacturer's original models of the 1940’s that shared its unforgettable name.