When Breitling CEO Georges Kern continued to distance himself from the direction of the brand before the Schneider era, this time he relied on the brand’s own founding managers to inspire inspiration, thus obtaining three new references: The traditional manual wind Premier Chronograph replica, the sublime manual wind Premier Duograph rattrapante replica, and the Breitling Premier Datora 42 stainless steel watch replica (ref. AB2510201K1P1) together constitute the watch that has just been renamed the “Premier Heritage” replica series. In this article, we focus on the latter, which once again left a deep impression on us.
The original Breitling Premier replica collection was more or less Kern’s flag in the sand when he assumed a leadership role at the brand back in 2017. Purpose-built around in-house calibres and leveraging original designs with more complex, premium finishing, the Premier was positioned as a more grown-up Breitling and a return to form – a capstone collection of sorts at the top of the brand’s then-newly consolidated offerings. ABTW Managing Editor Bilal Khan called the inaugural Premier “a thoughtful, detail-rich chronograph that exceeded expectations” in his long-term 2019 review right here. This new heritage-inspired spin-off collection appears to continue to adhere to that same formula, albeit with a more classical, mid-century twist that echoes the handsome original Premier watches introduced by Willy Breitling in the 1940s.
The Case & Dial
The new Breitling Premier Heritage Datora 42 replica is the most complicated watch in the Premier lineup. As you can see above, the dial contains a lot of information, yet it maintains a clean look. In addition to a standard chronograph with running seconds and 30 minute counter, the watch has a calendar. The lowest sub register houses a moon phase function and date indicator. Additionally, there are day and month windows below 12:00. At this time, Breitling will offer this model in stainless steel with a copper/salmon dial and in 18K red gold with a silver dial. Both will come on different shades of brown polished alligator straps with folding buckles. Like all the Premier models, these pieces boast 100 meters of water resistance. Size wise, these come in at 42mm in diameter and 15.35mm in thickness.
I think Breitling chose the right dial colors to bring a real dose of elegance to a watch that shows so much information. That salmon dial is a stunner and silver version isn’t far behind. The blued hands are perfect along with both the ridged sub dials and that wonderful boxed “Datora” script. I know that some will bemoan the “cut off” applied Arabic numerals, but it’s a fact of life on watches like this and I actually think it helps display how good the indices look. Despite their size (like on the rattrapante, I suppose the more complicated movement brings bulk), these watches look incredibly classy. And while no one will likely dive with these — especially with those straps — the high levels of water resistance and sapphire crystal makes them incredibly wearable on the right wrist.
Unlike the other new chronographs from today, the replica Premier Datora 42 uses an automatic movement from an external maker. The Breitling B25 comes from Concepto Watch of Switzerland in the form of their 2000-RAC caliber. However, Breitling adds some attractive finishing, a rotor with gold elements, and adds a chronometer certification. The movement itself is common with the other in-house Premier movements with its 48 hours of power reserve and 28,8000vph. Functionally, the crown adjusts the date subregister, the moon phase, and the month. There is a corrector at 10:00 to change the day of the week. As you can see, from above, the movement is viewable via a screw in case back with sapphire display window.
Models: Premier B09 Chronograph 40 replica (ref. AB0930D31L1P1 in stainless steel, ref. RB0930371G1P1 in red gold), Premier B15 Duograph 42 replica (ref. AB1510171C1P1 in stainless steel, ref. RB1510251B1P1 in red gold), Premier B25 Datora 42 replica (ref. AB2510201K1P1 in stainless steel, ref. RB2510371G1P1 in red gold)
Dimensions: 40 & 42mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Case Material: Stainless steel or 18k red gold
Movement: Breitling Calibre B09 (handwound column wheel-actuated chronograph), Breitling Calibre B15 (handwound column wheel-actuated split second chronograph), Breitling Calibre B25 (automatic chronograph with complete calendar)
Power Reserve: 70 hours for B09 and B15 calibres, 48 hours for B25
Strap/Bracelet: Matching alligator with folding clasp
Price & Availability: Premier B09 Chronograph 40: $8,400 ($20,200 in 18k red gold), Premier B15 Duograph 42: $10,250 ($22,850 in 18k red gold), Premier B25 Datora 42: $12,950 ($25,650 in red gold)
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