A watch that celebrates the lifestyle of motorcycling, surfing, and skateboarding. We think it is probably the first time that a watch commemorates a lifestyle event that is about these activities. Meet the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Wheels and Waves Limited Edition.
Last week in Biarritz, where the Wheels and Waves festival took place for the 8th consecutive time, Breitling presented their Premier B01 chronograph watch in 42mm. Breitling is one of the main sponsors of this event (others being BMW, Honda, Royal Enfield, Moto Guzzi, Husqvarna, Triumph etc.) and they make it possible for those who love motorcycles, surfing and skateboarding, to celebrate five days of activities around these themes.
Breitling is aiming their arrows at flying, surfing, exploring and cinema to bring their watches under the attention of people who are interested in these areas. With their partnerships with Norton, Bentley and the people in their ‘Surfer Squad‘ as they refer to it, Breitling sounds to be a solid partner for the Wheels and Waves festival indeed.
But festivals aside, let’s have a look at the watch.
There are two versions of the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Wheels and Waves limited edition: one in stainless steel and one in red gold. The Breitling Premier B01 isn’t new, of course, and there are already special versions for their Bentley and Norton partnerships in the collection. So this Wheels and Waves editions are set apart by their specific or unique dials and the engraved plate on the case band of the watch.
Both versions have a two-tone dial, anthracite in the center and a silvery white outer ring. On there, we’ll find red gold applied hour markers, minute and hour hands. The seconds hand is in red. The inner scale on the dial is also printed in red, showing the minute scale. The outer scale is printed in black, showing the tachymeter scale. Then there’s, of course, the applied Breitling logo just below the 12 o’clock hour marker. It is all the same for both versions, in stainless steel and in 18-carat red gold.
On the case band, you will find a plate with ‘Breitling Special’ engraving. The case back shows the in-house developed and manufactured B01 chronograph chronometer movement, which is definitely a pretty sight. Details regarding the movement can be found below in our watch specifications overview.
On the case back, you will also find the number of limited editions made for each version. That’s 100 for the 18-carat red gold model and 500 for the Breitling Premier B01 chronograph 42 Wheels and Waves in stainless steel. Meaning, the unique number of the watch is not engraved, but just ‘One of 100’ or ‘One of 500’. It is something I am not particularly a fan of, to be honest, as part of the fun in owning a limited edition is that it shows a number. Whatever that number might be. Some are able to get a number that means something to them, others don’t care but at least do have a unique number. Anyway, Breitling CEO Georges Kern probably doesn’t agree to this, perhaps he wants to avoid discussions around any numbers or prevent people from being upset that they can’t access their favourite number. Whatever it may be, Breitling rather uses the ‘One of xxx’ solution.
Both versions will be delivered on a very nice brown nubuck strap. When Breitling will put more specific information out, we will update you. More information via the official Breitling website.
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