Breitling's Heritage, Revived
Breitling's Heritage, Revived
Inspired by the inventive spirit of Breitling's founders, the new Premier Heritage Collection is for the modern and discerning man of impeccable taste. Available to pre-order online now, or at our Eastbourne, East Sussex jewellers, the new Breitling Premier Heritage Collection showcases seven exquisite timepieces which are the brand's most elegant and refined models.
"This heritage-inspired design with a stylish modern twist embodies some of Breitling's most famous innovations, and revives their legacy of inventing the modern chronograph" - CEO Georges Kern.
The Premier Heritage Collection pays homage to Breitling's very own Founders Squad: three generations of men who changed the history of timekeeping and made Breitling what it is today. Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884 and later patented a simple timer/tachymeter that could measure any speed between 15 and 150 km/h, and invention features in the 1906 Vitesse pocket watch. In 1915, his son Gaston created one of the first wrist-worn chronographs with an independent pusher at 2 o'clock. This innovation separated the start, stop and reset functions from the crown, making it infinitely more practical for timing sports. In 1934, Léon's grandson Willy patented the second independent chronograph pusher at 4 o'clock. Among Willy Breitling's celebrated pioneering achievements was the establishment of the Huit Aviation Department in 1938.
Besides being bold and tech savvy, Willy Breitling understood people's desire for a touch of elegance and glamour, and this was the inspiration for him to design the original Premier wristwatches in the 1940s - Breitling's first step into linking purpose with style. As Willy saw it, "When a man puts on his watch, it is the unmistakable stamp of impeccable taste."
The latest generation of Premiers - Breitling's Premier Heritage Collection - brings this timeless elegance back to life, with six watches divided into three distinctive categories: The Chronograph, The Duograph and The Datora.
All features Arabic numerals, vintage-inspired hands and semi-shiny alligator straps with tone-on-tone stitching. Every watch is a COSC-certified chronometer and water resistant up to 100 meters.
The 40mm Breitling Premier Heritage Chronograph is manually wound, just like its 1940s predecessors. It is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Calibre B09, which is based on the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, and presented with a stately silver-coloured dial encased in 18K red gold.
With a stainless steel case measuring 42mm, the Breitling Premier Heritage Duograph comes with a blue dial. Its rattrapante function - one of the most elaborate in watchmaking - enables the wearer to measure two elapsed times simultaneously thanks to its two superimposed chronograph hands. This pieces houses the mechanical hand-wound Breitling Manufacture Caliber B15, which is based on the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B03.
Like its 1940s predecessor, the 42mm Breitling Premier Heritage Datora also stands out for its highly visible and complex functions, namely its day, date and moon-phase displays, and is powered by the Manufacture Caliber B25. The Breitling Premier Heritage Datora's copper-coloured face is framed by a stainless steel case.
All three models of the Premier Heritage Collection highlight Breitling's mastery of timekeeping as its has evolved over the generations.
Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in the development of wrist chronographs, and its uncompromising commitment to design excellence. With the brand's storied association with aviation, Breitling has shared the finest moments in humankind's conquest of the skies. Renowned for its spirit od innovation, it has also earned a place of privilege in the worlds of science, sport, and technology. Breitling manufactures its own movements in-house and the quality of every one is - like the movements in all Breitling watches - confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer, made in Switzerland.
For more information about Breitling and the new Breitling Premier Heritage Collection, contact our team of Breitling experts today.