Breitling as a brand has always been ubiquitous in the aviation world. But, in recent years they have placed themselves more and more close to motorsports; as well as promoting awareness for the world’s oceans. Now they are celebrating all these endeavors in the form of this limited edition “Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Wheels and Waves” at the 8th annual “Wheels and Waves Festival” edition, in Biarritz, France.


This festival was created to uniquely focus on surfing and motorcycling, but it also prides itself in bringing those who enjoy the thrill of racing, skateboarding and other adrenaline driven sports together. This year’s edition was sponsored by some major brands such as Breitling, BMW, Honda and Moto Guzzi, among others. “At Wheels and Waves, we highlighted the passions we share with the festival: a cool, laid-back surfing lifestyle and sporty, elegant motorbikes. It also gave us a chance to introduce ourselves to people who, like us, are driven by action, and style and we launched a watch that celebrates the festival that expresses those values.” – stated Breitling CEO Georges Kern.


The 42mm case is available in stainless-steel or 18k rose gold both with a transparent exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Both of these models are also limited edition, as can be seen on their case backs inscribed with “ONE OF 100” for the 18k gold version and “ONE OF 500” for the stainless-steel model.


It comes equipped with two rectangular smooth push-pieces that operate the chronograph functions. Between them is a non-screw-locked setting-crown that comes reinforced by two gaskets and features a riveted circumference providing a better grip.


There is also a plate attached to the left-side of the case with the engraving “Breitling SPECIAL”. All topped by a convex sapphire glass with a double anti-reflective glareproofed coating on both sides. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).


Time is exhibited on an anthracite dial with golden hour index markers, accompanied by an inner red ring of printed seconds and minutes index markers with numerals for every 5-minute increment.


There are also two black sub-dials with white markings and numerals: a 30-minute chronograph counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position.


Also seen circling around the periphery of the dial is a black tachymeter scale on a white inner bezel, with a red “TACHYMETER” inscription. The central gold hands and hour index markers (which are also made of gold on the stainless-steel version) have all been fitted with a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. It also includes a long thin red chronograph hand.


Breitling Premier Wheels and Waves Limited Edition

The “Breitling Premier Wheels and Waves Limited Edition” (Ref#: AB0118A31B1X1 – Steel version & RB0118A31B1X1 – Rose Gold version) is powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber B01 with 41 jewels, 346 components and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a column wheel chronograph movement that includes a vertical clutch. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.


Mounted to the watch is a brown nubuck leather strap with exposed white stitching, secured to the wrist by a pin buckle matching each versions case alloy. This is a limited edition of only 500 stainless-steel and 100 rose gold manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Breitling website here.

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Written by Mauro Az