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Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Willy Breitling

Nearly 140 years ago, Leon Breitling founded his namesake brand in the Jura Mountains with a focus on chronographs. After two short decades, he passed away, leaving the business to his son Gaston who was responsible for establishing the brand’s reputation in the realm of pilot watches. By 1932, Gaston was ready to retire but wanted to ensure the brand remained in the family. Soon, his son, Willy, took his place at the head of the company and continued to build on his father and grandfather’s work creating high precision timepieces. The Breitling family legacy lives on in every timepiece that leaves the manufacture, and today, Breitling has launched a new trio of watches, each of which is inspired by one of the founders: the Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Leon Breitling, Gaston Breitling and Willy Breitling.
The Premier collection is the brainchild of Willy, who sought to elevate the wristwatch to a thing of elegance without compromising its technical prowess. The original Premier model launched in 1943 with a handsome design while maintaining the superb chronograph functionality the brand was known for. The new Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 builds on this design philosophy with the use of precious metals and the addition of a tourbillon complication.
“The Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 is the perfect expression of Breitling’s design and expertise,” says CEO Georges Kern. “In the tourbillon, you see the mechanism living at every second. It is the beating heart of the watch.”

For the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42, Breitling worked closely with the specialty movement maker Manufacture La Joux-Perret to develop the B21 caliber, which takes the uncommon step of pairing a tourbillon with a chronograph. The combination makes this trio of watches distinctly Breitling.
The addition of precious metals elevates the complications in a way that aligns with Willy’s vision for the Premier line. In honor of each of the three founders, a different precious metal is used. The Leon Breitling features a solid 18-karat rose gold case with a silver dial and brown alligator strap. The Gaston Breitling pairs a solid 18-karat white gold case with an anthracite dial and black alligator strap. And the Willy Breitling completes the collection with a solid platinum case and blue dial with a black alligator strap.

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Breitling Super Chronomat Automatic 38

Breitling is presenting two new Breitling Super Chronomat with a smaller 38 mm diameter and diamond-set bezel. The highlight, however, is the Breitling Super Chronomat Automatic 38 Origins – a “traceable” watch. The house uses gold and laboratory-grown diamonds whose entire supply chain is transparent.
Breitling is presenting two versions: one in a steel case with an ice-blue dial and one in a two-tone look with a mint-green dial. The case diameter for each is 38 mm with a height of 11.88 mm. Meanwhile, the full polish ensures an elegant appearance. On these models, the ‘onion’ crown is made of ceramic. This also applies to the rider tabs on the bezel, which is set with laboratory diamonds. The colours mirror the dial. On the side of the steel or gold bezel, there are also some screws that lend the watch a tool watch feel. Perhaps these improve the grip, given that the bezel can be rotated unidirectionally so that a time can be marked. In addition, a solid caseback offers space for engraving. The water resistance is 100 metres.
The dials in ice blue and mint green have a sunburst finish and are framed by a ring bearing a minute track. The watchmakers also apply indices in steel or gold. Like the three hands, they are luminescent. Last but not least, the horology house places its logo at 12 o’clock, which is made of either steel or gold. At 6 o’clock is the date window, which presents itself with black numerals on a white background.
As befits a Chronomat, these watches also come on the typical Rouleaux bracelet with a double-folding clasp. The mint-green version sports gold centre links. Alternatively, an alligator leather strap or a rubber strap in rouleaux look with a folding clasp is available. The colours match the dial.
The Breitling Super Chronomat Automatic 38 Origins is the result of Breitling’s efforts to create more sustainable products. It uses transparently sourced gold and laboratory-grown diamonds that are climate-neutral. The owner can check the proof of origin via an NFT and the public online source map.
The watch has a case made of 18-carat red gold, which is combined with a diamond-set bezel. The crown and the tabs here are made of white ceramic. The silver dial features applied indices and hands in gold. A matching polished “B” logo and a date window at 6 o’clock are also featured here. This watch comes with a choice of a white rouleaux-look rubber strap or an alligator leather strap.
The gold used comes from a single mine in Colombia that is certified by the Swiss Better Gold Association. This is to protect the environment and the living conditions of the local community. In addition, Breitling contributes to development projects in the region. The rest of the supply chain up to the watchmakers is also transparent, which enables optimal control of standards. By 2025, the house aims to only use gold traceable to certified mines.
The diamonds come from a lab and are of the highest quality. They are indistinguishable from natural diamonds, undergoing the same tests. Breitling uses crystals certified by the Scientific Certification Systems that meet ethical and ecological criteria. Again, Breitling is doing its part to support the communities involved in diamond production. Breitling aims to use only laboratory-grown diamonds by 2024.
Inside the watches is the Breitling Calibre 17, which is based on the ETA 2824-2. It measures 4.6 mm in height and operates at a frequency of 4 hertz. The movement offers automatic winding and has a maximum power autonomy of a meagre 38 hours. However, the mechanism boasts the COSC certificate, which also guarantees corresponding accuracy.

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Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Stainless Steel Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has partnered with Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling to celebrate Cathay’s 76th anniversary, by co-curating the Breitling Navitimer chronograph with new design touches. Breitling’s Navitimer chronograph has been synonymous with travel and style since it first debuted in 1952. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of this iconic timepiece, Breitling is releasing a new collection of the Navitimer for 2022.

The collaboration has unveiled an exclusive design limited to just 200 individually numbered pieces: the Navitimer B01 Cathay Pacific limited edition. It also marks Cathay’s own 76th anniversary, and pays tribute to its rich aviation history and elevation into a premium travel lifestyle brand.

In the video ad, the Navitimer features an integrated slide rule which enabled essential flight calculations long before flight computers arrived on board. The 43mm collector’s model features the unique Navitimer design, updated for the modern age, whereas Cathay Pacific’s identity has been incorporated, with its signature Jade green on the watch face, and the words “Cathay Pacific Edition”, its individual number out of 200 engraved around the display caseback.
The Cathay Jade face contrasts with the white subdials and brown alligator leather strap – a warm, nostalgic look that renders this timepiece as suited to everyday wear as it is for the skies.New design touches for the 2022 Navitimer include a domed sapphire crystal, evolved slide rule, contrasting polished and brushed finishings, and a redesigned display caseback which reveals the workings of the in-house, COSC-certified Caliber 01 chronograph movement. One particular detail of note for aviation fans is the return of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association logo which graced the original 1952 chronograph.

Previously in March this year, Cathay Pacific partnered with Hong Kong label Native Union to launch a collection of tech accessories. According to Cathay, the limited edition accessories are inspired by Hong Kong and the way its people live. The collection includes a universal belt cable, wireless charger, AirPods Pro Case, and an organiser pouch. The lifestyle tech accessories collection will be retailed on the airline’s Asia Miles web shop.

This is not Cathay’s first venture with home-grown brands. Last year, Cathay and lifestyle brand Goods Of Desire launched a collaborative collection in celebration of their 75th and 25th anniversary respectively. The collection featured upcycled merchandise made from hundreds of Cathay cabin crew and cockpit uniforms.

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Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 44

In 2022, Swiss brand Breitling finally updated its best-selling Superocean Heritage collection with the Breitling Superocean Heritage II family, which arrived in a few case sizes, movement options and, of course, color and material choices. At the time, I wrote this aBlogtoWatch review comparing the first generation Breitling Superocean Heritage with the Superocean Heritage II. Today, I take a more specific look at the Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 ref. AB2010161C1A1 timepiece. A few years ago, I would have nodded with approval to a timepiece such as this, but not chosen it for myself. Now, after having spent many months rotating the Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 (in steel with a blue dial and mesh metal steel bracelet) in my regular wear cycle, it’s hard to imagine being without it.
On a simple level, this is an acknowledgment of why blue-dialed watches are so popular. I wear a lot of blue colors and have found that having a blue-dialed — and otherwise simple and universally accepted steel — sports watch fits my needs so very often. I also typically opt for the larger 46mm-wide version of the Superocean Heritage II, but actually found that this 42mm-wide model is better suited to my wrist. There is perhaps no one area in which the Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 timepiece excels, other than offering the right blend of style, poise, comfort, legibility, and sheer utility so much of the time. Other people have clearly caught on to this fact, as well, which helps explain why the Superocean Heritage has, for so many years, been a top-seller for the brand (at least in the United States).
Breitling’s Superocean family began in 1957 and, while this timepiece isn’t an exact replica (a good thing), the Superocean Heritage II returned the original style-hands. I wasn’t super into the hand-set at first, but while wearing the watch I found them to be legible and not the cause of any distractions. Luminant is not where the Superocean Heritage II collection excels — which is its weakest point as a “serious dive watch.” Lume quality is good, but if you look at the dial, the hands and, to a greater extent the small lume dots, eight of the 12-hour markers will not compete with other sports watches that are more lume-heavy. For most situations (especially urban-dwelling), this isn’t an issue. But given that this is still a diver’s watch, it’s worth pointing out.
This is one of the first-generation Breitling watches to have the new (again) Breitling logo without the aviator wings. The dial is symmetrical with applied, polished hour markers and a date window located at 6 o’clock. Overall dial refinement is high, and the polished elements on the dial work well because the slightly domed sapphire crystal over the dial is so well AR-coated that it does not commonly have glare. If the crystal were not so well-adapted to this particular dial, then we’d have double the glare situation, which would have resulted in a cheaper look. I’m sure watch collectors can imagine such watches in their minds (many of which are much more expensive than this Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42).
Among the more important updates included in the Superocean Heritage II collection is the use of a ceramic (rather than aluminum) bezel insert. The polished bezel insert has minimalist timing markers and finally a real lume pip at the 60-minute marker. The high-gloss look of the ceramic is quite well done and, if you didn’t know this was ceramic, you might mistake it for the attractive look of polished metal.
Speaking of polished metal, that is how the entire steel case is finished — in true Breitling style. I’ve always admired Breitling’s case-maker because other sports watches that also have all-polished cases can look cheap. Not all polishing is the same, and I feel that Breitling did exactly what was necessary to make an all-polished case look attractive. That little bit of “wrist sparkle” helps give some luxury status-symbol messaging (jewelry), which is clearly part of the experience when owning a several-thousand-dollar timepiece.
While there are various strap options for the Superocean Heritage II watches, this watch has Breitling’s steel “Ocean Classic” mesh-metal bracelet that I ended up really liking. My initial hesitation with mesh-metal bracelets is the following: First, they are often uncomfortable to wear if you happen to have arm hair. Second, they can be finicky to size, resulting in a bracelet that is either too long or too short. Third, they simply don’t always go with the style of the watch. All mesh-metal bracelets have flat end bars that often do not gracefully flow with the design of the case. That said, when a high-quality mesh-metal bracelet is effectively matched to a case, then the results are good.

I am happy to say that the Breitling Superocean Heritage II is among the few watches I find goes really well with the bracelet. Breitling uses a thick-gauge steel for the mesh, and the bracelet has discreet links that can be taken out to size the bracelet. Additional micro-adjusting for the bracelet length can be done via the spring bar holes in the deployant clasp. More so, I didn’t experience any hair pulling issues – which is really a testament to the overall bracelet construction.
As a diver’s style watch, the Superocean Heritage II is water resistant to 200 meters and has a screw-down crown. I have a feeling Breitling could squeeze 300 meters out of it, but that goes against their marketing approach, which is to position the Superocean (not Heritage) models as the more “serious” diving timepieces. For the vast majority of daily wear and recreational diving purposes, 200 meters of water resistance is entirely adequate.
As I said above, this Superocean Heritage II model is in steel and 42mm-wide. The case is 14.35mm-thick and has a roughly 50mm lug-to-lug distance. According to Breitling, the watch (without the strap) weighs 91.5 grams. The curved lugs help the case sit on the top of your wrist, which appreciably helps wearing comfort, in my experience. The screw-down caseback of the watch is nothing fancy, but it helps the watch retain a tool-style personality that I think benefits its character.
Once of the most interesting stories with regard to this watch is mostly unknown outside of watch nerd circles — and not mentioned on Breitling’s own website. The caliber B20 automatic movement inside the Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 is not produced by Breitling or ETA, but rather Tudor (a sister company to Rolex). The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph contains a Breitling-made movement, and this Superocean Heritage II contains a Tudor-made movement. I mused that this was part of a “movement exchange program.” I didn’t find anything particularly noteworthy about the movement during the review — but that is how it should be. The 4Hz automatic movement has a power reserve of 70 hours and apparently edges out the ETA on chronometric performance.
As a daily wear for a variety of people and lifestyles, the Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 (in blue or otherwise) is an excellent choice. It isn’t alone, but watches like this that are wearable with sportier or fancier outfits can be hard to find. Some people love the idea of having the correct watch for the correct situation, but many prefer versatile designs that are satisfying even when you only have time to grab-and-go with your favorite timepiece. Moving forward, I fully expect the Superocean Heritage II to continue to be one of the brand’s bestsellers.