Knowing that at this point Breitling has been undergoing a big change in identity because George Cohen was ranked as CEO last year. Abandoning the brand’s reputation for being super masculine, we have seen more modern works in retro style, all of which rely on Breitling’s past to influence their new works. The brand motto “Legend of the Future” points the way for those who have never chosen. Now, at the first “Breitling Summit” in London, the brand released its new “Premier” series, which includes watches of the same name in the 1940s. The B01 chronograph in the Premier series, the Valjoux chronograph, the Day-Date and Automatic series include various models – yes, Summit is indeed a busy event. The outstanding work is the Breitling Premier B01 chronograph 42, which has been introduced in three varieties: the panda dial; the blue dial model; and the surprisingly attractive green model cross-branded with Bentley, we will In a dedicated article. They all have belts or stainless steel bracelets.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 In Context
The redesigned Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 shows the brand’s elegant aesthetics, while this new series is more subtle and retro. . Breitling and Georges Kern admit that the brand is in an interesting position because its main loyal supporters are Breitling advocates for two reasons. One group likes the recent bold and slightly technical Breitling, and the other group likes and is keen on another “flying B” old-fashioned achievement. The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 is a truly exquisite watch, somewhere in between-although obviously in retro style. There are many retro-style chronographs that can check all boxes, but the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 series can prove to be a newcomer, bringing fierce competition to the general suspects of Omega and IWC. , TAG Heuer, etc.
Let’s take a closer look at the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 series.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 hands-on impression
Premier B01 chronograph 42 passes a series of daring (often confusing) Breitling chronographs (such as Chronomat, Navitimer and Super Avenger) to breathe fresh air. Now there are only two small dials, the smallest dial text and a case size of 42 mm, in today’s era we can call the border safe or conservative. Any smaller size will not be too far away from the year; any larger size will be too modern.
Premier B01 is one of the rare watches that gets better and better over time on the wrist or just on the hand, not the other way around. Its design team is directed by Guy Bove, who was the most beloved watch designer of my time (definitely the most popular with radar and therefore one of the most underrated). Sadly, he just left fake Breitling, but I definitely see his influence on this watch. Even like having a car designer or painter you like. Once you have figured out the key elements of their work, you will find the brushstrokes they appear anywhere.
The watch is beautiful. The secondary discs are slightly smaller on the image, but they work in a very different way in real life. Everything is large enough to ensure good legibility and practicality-hands, indexes, tachymeter scales, dates, crowns and buttons. A few years ago, we had a Transocean chronograph, whose dial was awkwardly long, and another “feature” of the Breitling Premier B01 chronograph was the reduction of large time. Now, their appearance and feel have changed again Not bad. The ergonomic design is great, the straps are installed deep between the lugs, and the curved spring strips make them closer to the case line.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Case
The case ratio here is ideal, 42 mm wide and 13.65 mm thick. We don’t have the lug-t0 lug size yet, but once we receive one of them, it will be added to our review. Exquisite integrated buttons and smart, multi-level steel bezel makes the timer unobtrusive. With its low profile and polished bezel, which can be quickly reduced and displayed in multiple steps, Premier Premier can hide its weight and thickness very well. Until now, when I looked at the photos, I realized the complexity and uniqueness of the design. The lugs are cut into steep angles,
Both the dial and the sapphire crystal on the back of the showcase are plated with an anti-reflective coating. This coating turns blue under the strong light of the flash, and the watch has a water resistance rating of 100m. Overall, the proportion of Breitling ’s cases is correct, and no non-mandatory mistakes have been made here.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Dial
The dial on the Premier B01 chronograph 42 can handle many things. Although some people will find that the scale of the speedometer is a residue, and it will bring a net aesthetic loss (I know that our Bilal does), this measurement is not very obvious or distracting. Of course, the most noteworthy is the white panda dial version, but I have to say that I am very interested in the green Bentley model-it is a dark green, almost black in absolute bright conditions.
Small details such as hands, dials, dials, and sub-dial surface treatments are also effective. How the main time indication is coherent, the sandblasted (look) dial contrasts with the shiny hands, the concentric circles on the small dial make reading easier, and the applied B logo is just another nice touch. The date window matches the dial of each watch, which always goes a long way. Breitling honoured these brushed dials by knocking them out of the park. Tidy, three beautiful color choices, beautiful two-sub dial layout and wearable size.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Movement
Breitling uses movement 01 (also known as B01) for the Premier B01 Chronograph 42. Movement 01 (they have already begun to provide movements for Tudor watches) has left a deep impression on me, and I suspect it ranks among the best in contemporary art. Watch buyers want to get from the movement: a long power reserve without sacrificing accuracy. The working frequency of B01 is 4Hz, with a power reserve of 70 hours, and it is equipped with column wheels and vertical clutches. It has everything to make B01 a modern chronograph movement.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Final Thoughts
Overall, the Breitling Premier B01 is a damn good cheap watch. After I can report the first impression, the wrist looks and feels great. This is a compact, more tasteful watch that can handle many things correctly, and does more on the wrist than on photos taken in a hurry. Three sturdy dial options are preferable to a higher quality pile, and try to please every type of buyer. However, you can dress it, or you can dress it, because they can be used on several types of straps, or on steel bracelets that look like children.
The prices of Breitling Premier B01 chronograph 42 are as follows: silver dial (reference number AB0118221G1P1) and blue dial (reference number AB0118A61C1A1).