The Premier collection is actually a revival of an elegant gents’ model introduced by founding-family scion Willy Breitling in 1943, and represents, according to Kern, the most sublime example of Breitling watches’ evolution “from purpose to style.” Design elements that define the new collection include the grooved lines in the sides of the cases, which Breitling says were “inspired by speed” and also a clever variation on the sportier notched bezel design of the Navitimer 8 models; and the beveled, speedometer-style hour and minute hands.
In keeping with the recently revamped Breitling design codes, the B01 models with in-house movements are distinguishable from the others by their two-register chronograph dial design, with subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock.
The Chronograph 42 with sourced movements, on the other hand, have three-register dials with chronograph counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock, and date window at 3 o’clock. Dial options are blue or black; the watches are mounted on leather straps or steel bracelets.
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