Breitling Premier Collection takes watch style back in time

posted on Monday, 29th October 2018 by Chris Jenkins

Technology  Lifestyle  Industrial design  Watches 

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Breitling’s latest watch range reintroduces a name with particular significance for the prestige brand; the Premier name dates back to the 1940s, but with its new Premier Collection, the models comes right up to date.
 
Previewed at the recent Breitling Summit in London, the range features five designs whose elegance is worthy of their historic name.
 
While Breitling, founded in 1884, is perhaps best-known for its aviator and diver’s watches, the new designs are firmly aimed more at earthly settings.
 
Breitling CEO Georges Kern says: “This is the first modern Breitling collection dedicated to everyday elegance. With outstanding quality and performance, these watches bear our unmistakable brand DNA, but they have been created with a focus on style that beautifully complements their purpose.”

"This is the first modern Breitling collection dedicated to everyday elegance. They have been created with a focus on style..."

 
The collection includes chronographs, day-and-date models, and understated three-hand watches with a discreet, small second sub-dial.
 
The Premier B01 Chronograph 42 models, equipped with the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 movement, are the flagship watches in the new collection. Developed in-house by Breitling, the Caliber 01 has established itself as one of the finest mechanical watch movements in the world. The self-winding, chronometer-certified chronograph has an impressive power reserve of over 70 hours.
 
The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 is presented in a robust 42-millimeter stainless-steel case with a transparent caseback, and is available with a dark blue or silver dial. The blue-dial version offers the choice of either a blue alligator leather or brown nubuck strap with white stitching or a stainless-steel bracelet. The silver-dial model is available with a black nubuck or alligator leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet.
 
The clean dial design features contrasting black subdials with a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small second subdial at 9 o’clock, along with a date window at 6 o’clock.
 
Each model has a white tachymeter scale on a black inner bezel around the dial.
 
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The Premier Chronograph 42 models (pictured above) have a Caliber 13 chronometer movement, with chronograph minute and hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively, as well as a small second subdial at 9 o’clock.
 
The Premier Chronograph 42 features a 42-millimeter stainless-steel case and is available with either a blue or a black dial featuring a white tachymeter ring with a black scale. This stunning Premier model offers the choice of either an alligator leather or nubuck strap with white stitching or a stainless-steel bracelet.

The Breitling Premier Automatic 40 most evokes Breitling’s elegant watches from the 1940s. Inside its stainless-steel case is the Breitling Caliber 37, a self-winding mechanical chronometer movement. It is available with an anthracite, blue, or silver dial. Each dial option is available with either a nubuck or alligator leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet. The clean dial is encircled by a white minute track and elegantly finished with a small second subdial at 6 o’clock.
 
The Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 (pictured top) displays not only the time but, as its name suggests, also the day of the week and the date, which are located at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. Powering this automatic wristwatch is the Breitling Caliber 45 self-winding chronometer movement. The Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 watches are available with either a black or a silver dial and feature either a stainless-steel bracelet or a nubuck or alligator leather strap with white stitching.
 
The Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green celebrates Breitling’s long-standing partnership with Bentley Motors. Formerly presented in the separate Breitling for Bentley collection, this model and future Bentley limited editions will be introduced in Breitling’s existing watch families.
 
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Powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 mechanical movement, which is visible through the transparent caseback, the watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve. This watch features a striking British racing green dial and is available with either a stainless-steel bracelet or a British racing green leather strap, which matches the dial. The contrasting subdials are located at 3 and 9 o’clock, while the date window is at 6 o’clock.
 
Further features that distinguish this watch from all others are the engraved plate inscribed with the Bentley name on the left side of the case, inspired by the dashboard of the supercharged 1929 “Blower” Bentley, and the transparent caseback that is enhanced with a metalized Bentley logo.
 
Find out more about the Breitling Premier Collection at www.breitling.com.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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