Breitling pays homage to its Founders Squad with the Premier Heritage Collection. The Squad includes three generations of men who made Breitling what it is today. After Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884, he patented a simple timer/tachymeter that could measure any speed between 15 and 150 km/h. In 1915, his son, Gaston, created one of the first wrist-worn chronographs with an independent pusher at 2 o’clock. In 1934, Léon’s grandson, Willy, patented the second independent chronograph pusher at 4 o’clock.
Breitling’s Premier Heritage Collection includes six watches divided into three distinctive categories: The Chronograph, The Duograph, and The Datora. All have 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.
Just like its 1940s predecessors, the 40 mm Premier Heritage Chronograph is manually wound. It is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, which is based on the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. It is offered in two variations: with an eye-catching pistachio-green dial encased in stainless steel or a stately silver-colored dial encased in 18 k red gold.
The Premier Heritage Duograph features stainless-steel and 18 k red gold cases measuring 42 mm, and a blue or black dial, respectively. Its rattrapante function allows the wearer to measure two elapsed times simultaneously thanks to its two superimposed chronograph hands. This piece houses the mechanical hand-wound Breitling Manufacture Caliber B15, which is based on the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B03.
The 42 mm Premier Heritage Datora is powered by the Manufacture Caliber B25. Its copper-colored face is framed by a stainless-steel case, while its silver-colored dial comes in an 18 k red gold one.