This week Breitling launched their all-new Premier collection at a special event held in London, or should I say relaunched as the Premier first came out in the 1940s.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 silver dial

Based on historical timepieces from the brand’s archive, the new collection consists of a wide assortment including three hand watches, chronographs with outsourced movements, and chronographs with in-house manufactured movements. Today, we’ll cover the latter, which consist of three dial variations: silver, blue, and British Green racing dials.

Breitling Premier 1943

While the original 1940s Premier timepieces came in 36 mm to 38 mm cases, the 2018 Premier B01 Chronograph 42 comes in a modern 42 mm diameter case, which is 13.65 mm thick. On top, sitting well above the thin fixed bezel, is a box-type sapphire crystal reminiscent of what would be on a 1940s Premier watch.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green with a British racing green leather strap

The dial also features the familiar dual register layout of the past, although the new collection features black counters, which provide a sporty yet elegant contrast against the green, blue or silver dial.

Breitling Premier 1940s images

You can view the caliber B01 through the screwed steel and sapphire caseback. Flat-pushers and thin baton-shaped hands are true to the original aesthetic, while the long applied baton-shaped indices and deeper crown (a push-in crown with two gaskets and an embossed Breitling “B”) are contemporary.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Blue Dial Steel Bracelet

Driving the Breitling Premier B01, as the name suggests is the brand’s in-house 4Hz automatic integrated chronograph (caliber B01) which has a power reserve of 70-hours and is COSC-certified. Its premium vertical clutch actuated column-wheel configuration prevents jumping of the central chronograph second hand and amplitude loss while operating the chronograph compared to a chronograph with a horizontally actuated clutch.

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green with a British racing green leather strap

Retail prices start at $7,950 for the steel version with a suede strap and go up to $8,800 for the Bentley version on a steel bracelet. Learn more at Breitling.

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green - caseback (PPR/Breitling)

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