Testing the Replica Breitling Premier Heritage B15 Duograph 42

The new Premier Heritage B15 Duograph 42 is currently Breitling’s most elegant timepiece and an homage to the pioneering spirit of the company’s founders. Like its predecessor from the 1940s of the same name, it can record time intervals and is breaking new ground as it goes. We take a closer look.

Three generations AAA UK fake Breitling watches made their mark in the history of timekeeping: Léon Breitling founded the company in 1884. He later submitted a patent for a simple timer with a tachymeter that could measure any speed between 15 and 150 kilometers per hour.

Rattrapante Module Hidden Beneath the Dial 

In 2017, Breitling picked up this loose thread in history with the Navitimer Rattrapante. The in-house automatic Caliber B03 introduced with this timepiece now also serves as the basis for the hand-wound B15 caliber created for the Premier Heritage B15 Duograph 42, our test watch.

The watchmakers initially placed the complicated splitseconds mechanism with its additional column wheel, rattrapante wheel and clamps directly beneath the dial because highly precise drilling of the long chronograph tube is challenging. With the Venus 179 caliber, the split-seconds mechanism was moved to the back of the movement.

With the Caliber B03, and subsequently, also the B15, Breitling has returned the split-seconds complication, including the rattrapante wheel, column wheel and clamps, to the front of the movement. Placing the complication directly under the dial was done for more than simple historical reasons. These days, modern watchmaking and construction methods allow for various technical solutions for a rattrapante mechanism. Breitling went its own way, resulting in two patents.

The modular construction of the B03 movement, and thereby also the B15, permitted shifting the rattrapante mechanism to the dial side of the movement, now situated between the mainplate and the date ring. Unfortunately, this makes it invisible through the sapphire caseback window. The rattrapante mechanism uses traditional gearing and a stainless-steel split-seconds wheel. The second patented innovation is an isolating system that works as an energysaving separation between the stopped split-seconds from the actual chronograph mechanism. The rattrapante wheel has a rubber O-ring that replaces the geared edge. The entire split-seconds mechanism comprises only 28 individual components.

Hand-wound B15 Caliber with No Date 

From its inception, the modular design of the B03 caliber offered a variety of options. A self-winding mechanism may be used in this caliber to wind the movement, but the B15 does not offer this; instead it follows the growing trend of hand-wound watches. And unlike the B03, the B15 has no date indication, just like the original Premier Duograph from the 1940s.

A Shimmering Dial with Long Hands and Applied Markers 

Since only a few manufacturers offer this complex rattrapante technology, it’s a pleasure to see and experience it on the dial of a watch. As a reminder, rattrapante is from the French word rattraper, which means “to catch up.” A rattrapante chronograph has two stopwatch hands that can be stopped independently and rejoined at a later point. One chronograph hand can “catch up” to the other. If both hands are running simultaneously, the actual stopwatch hand carries the second one along, which is why one often speaks of a split-second chronograph. The two long needle-like hands differ very little in appearance but their short ends are easy to tell apart. The thicker top stopwatch hand ends in a ring, while the slightly thinner rattrapante hand below it has an arrowhead tip. These symbols were already part of the Duograph from 1944. Sometimes the steel hands and applied markers shimmer and reflect light so you have to move the Swiss movements replica watches a little to read the elapsed time. In the dark, only the main time with hours and minutes is visible, glowing bright green.

The strap is lined with a vibrant yellow that contrasts with the golden-brown sheen of the alligator leather on top, which recalls Willy Breitling’s notion of fulfilling people’s wishes for elegance and glamour with the Premier collection. Today, the Premier Heritage B15 Duograph 42 is being offered to those who are seeking a sophisticated chronograph, just as he intended.

Breitling Replica Introduces Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird

Breitling’s automotive racing team welcomes its newest member: the Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird. It is the fourth model to join the 1960s-inspired Top Time Classic Cars collection. With its prominent tail fin, rock-solid construction, and luxury features, the Ford Thunderbird, first unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 1954, made automotive history. The convertible promised fun driving for extended joyrides that fitted the new feeling of freedom that blossomed in that era. Today, the two first generations, “Classic Bird” (1955-1957) and “Square Bird” (1958-1960) are particularly sought after.

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The new Breitling Replica Top Time B01 Classic Cars Collection from left to right: Top Time B01 Ford Mustang, Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird, Top Time B01 Shelby Cobra, Top Time B01 Chevrolet Corvette

The Thunderbirds served as a template for the new addition to the Top Time Classic Car line, which Breitling introduced as a Capsule Collection in 2021. It pays homage to the 1960s Top Time Chronograph, a child of Willy Breitling, and consists of three motorsport chronographs inspired respectively by the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, and Shelby Cobra. While the first generation sported colorful dials in red, blue, and green, the Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird is more subdued with a white, naturally luminescent dial.

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The red racing-style leather strap and the color-coordinated chronograph hands, as well as a partial section on the tachymeter scale, add a radiant splash. Also on board are the square, slightly rounded sub dials in tricompax layout, reminiscent of dashboard instruments. They are slightly recessed and emphasize the expressive retro look. Below the twelve, the Thunderbird logo is applied in petrol green. The lettering above the twelve-hour counter refers to the Top Time origin. As with its predecessors, the design of the dial is balanced and is highly recognizable.

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This also applies to the Top Time-style stainless steel case, which is now pressure-tested to ten bar with a narrow bezel that surrounds the wide dial and is essential for a true motorsport replica watches. The chronograph pushers, too, are stylishly mushroom-shaped and underscore the vintage charm. However, in line with current trends, Breitling introduces a new diameter to the collection with the Thunderbird, measuring 41 mm.

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Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird case back

Whereas the previously available chronographs were powered by Breitling’s caliber 41 and 25, both Sellita-based, Breitling’s prestige movement, the B01, now runs as a powerful engine under the hood. Introduced in 2009, the manufacture caliber scores with a COSC chronometer certificate and a power autonomy of 70 hours. This self-winding movement features a column wheel control and a vertical clutch. Thanks to all these features, Breitling can provide a five-year warranty on its prestige caliber. It goes without saying that the B01 is revealed in all its beauty through the sapphire crystal case back, including the Ford Tunderbird logo, emblematic of the enthusiasm for history and timekeeping.

Team Test: WorldTempus X Replica Breitling

This week, the editorial team encounters the Breitling Superocean

Jordy Bellido

What jumped out at me on this Superocean was the great legibility provided by the indexes and hands. Ideal for diving, these almost oversized elements make it possible to read the time at a glance thanks to their substantial dimensions. This is especially important when diving with oxygen tanks, as it allows the wearer to know how much time he or she has left before having to return to the surface. The contrast of the white dial with the dark blue further enhances this legibility. The Superocean is therefore a coherent watch from a practical point of view.

SuperOcean © WorldTempus

Jean-Christophe Teigner

Superocean, Superwatch. This collection is a success and this watch is really beautiful. Not too imposing compared to the image I had of Breitling replica and especially for a diving watch. It fits very well on the wrist, the time is very readable, and as I mentioned before, it has a really good look. Its price is really very reasonable. The strap is easily adjustable so you won’t have any problems wearing the watch over a wetsuit. It has a water-resistance rating of 300 meters, and pragmatically speaking, you’re not likely to dive to those depths. But it allows you to feel extra secure about its seaworthiness, so don’t hesitate to jump into the water. The work done by the Breitling team is truly remarkable and something you can’t help but notice. We hear how Breitling sent their people into the water to test the watch in real-life conditions with Kelly Slater, the surfing legend. Good for them! In the end, I would have wanted to keep this watch on my wrist longer… but it’s unfortunately already time to pass it on to the next Team Tester.

Brice Lechevalier

Think Superocean, and you feel the fresh air of the Atlantic. This is the watch I would have needed for my holidays in Hossegor and Cap Ferret, on the French Atlantic coast, favoured places for sport-chic par excellence. This new Superocean is immediately endearing (by the way, its adjustable folding clasp is really practical), cheerful, very readable, elegant with a touch of casualness and a nod to vintage with its square minute hand. Breitling had the good idea to issue it in several colours and four sizes (from 36 to 46mm) in order to put it within reach of all wrists. You can’t go wrong with this blue and white version, but I also find the khaki one a great success.

Suzanne Wong

Ok, so this is obviously a dive watch. It comes from Breitling’s well-known Superocean collection, which any serious watch journalist should know intimately. It also has all the aesthetic codes of a dive watch, such as the luminous hands and markers in geometric shapes for easy reading underwater, the rotating bezel with high-friction circumference, sturdy case build and rubber strap. However, its contemporary design and stylish colour palette, paired with its robust construction, makes it the ideal travel companion, whether you’re heading under the waves or over the clouds.

Sophie Furley

The WorldTempus team test started out as a journalist review by our core team at HQ, where each of us wear the watch for 24 hours, take some wrist shots, and share our thoughts in this wonderful weekly article. But the concept has literally taken over the office as everyone from our accountant to our graphic designer pop into the editorial office on a Monday morning to see what we are testing. Even the guys at our sister magazine Skippers have become curious about what we are up to. Why am I telling you all this instead of giving you a review of the new Breitling Superocean? Well, as I am in charge of this column, and the safety of all watches concerned, I have to admit that I lost track of this best replica watch several times as it got past from colleague to colleague around the office. Never have I seen the team so excited to get their hands on a watch and try it on. So, instead of reiterate all the great comments above, I just had to share this story as it is a true test of appreciation from the wider watch world.