The Breitling Premier B15 Duograph is Breitling’s take on a split second chronograph with a center monopusher. Featuring rectangular chronograph pushers and Arabic numerals, the heritage-revived Premier Duograph displays a variety of details such as grooves on the case-sides, open sapphire casebacks and syringe hands. The Duograph comes in stainless steel with a blue dial or in 18k red gold with a black dial.
Breitling Premier B15 Duograph 42
The Breitling Premiwe B15 Duograph retails at USD 10,250 in steel and USD 22,850 in gold
The Case and Dial
The stainless steel case measures 42mm in diameter and 15.3mm in thickness. It wears on the larger side for a classic style, coming in at 50mm lug-to-lug.
The thickness of the watch is expected of a chronograph movement with a raised dome design. That said, the heft may take some warming up to if one was expecting a classic design.
The Breitling Premier B15 Duograph is also available in 18k gold with black dial and gilt markers and prints. It also comes with matching gold hands which contrast nicely against the polished black dial.
The stainless steel case is mostly mirror polished, with casebands at the side of the case to break the flat thick surface. The side finishing is brushed, contrasting with the step bezel and lugs.
The dial color of the Breitling Duograph is especially tasteful. The blue sunburst dial has a subdued tint that gives the watch the right amount of casual classic elegance.
Applied arabic numerals are used for hour markers, contrasting with the printed seconds and tachymeter track on the periphery of the dial.
The ring size of the subdials are on the larger side, observed by the smaller space between each subdial and the closeness to the handstack. The Breitling logo sits above the central hand stack and fills up the space nicely, balanced with the model name ‘Duograph Premier’ at the 6 o’clock position.
The subdials are embossed with concentric guilloche lines for an added texture. A pair of white metal syringe hours and minutes hands are lume filled which helps with visibility in the dark.
A 22mm alligator strap with deployant buckle is used on the steel model. It uses a curved lug bar, which helps it stay closer to the case without a gap when taut on the wrist. While many brands are catching on quick release or easy strap change mechanisms, the Breitling uses a standard lug bar which requires a tool for removal.
An open caseback reveals the manual winding movement powering the Duograph. The Breitling Duograph runs on the B15 manufacture caliber, a 1/4th second cosc certified chronograph that beats at 28,800 vph and has approximately 70 hours of power reserve.
“Duograph” was a term used by Breitling in the 1940s and refers to a “chronograph rattrapante”. A rattrapante (from the French “rattraper” – to catch up) is one of the most elaborate of all watch complications. In terms of manufacturing difficulty, it’s on a par with the tourbillon and minute repeater. Its function is to measure two elapsed times at once (intermediate and split time), which it shows via two hands on the central chronograph.
Finishing is modest on the movement, with machined Geneva stripes and bevelled bridges.
Overall, the Breitling Premier Duograph has a good wrist presence, a revered complication and an attractive design. While the industry is favoring slimmer and smaller sized watches – closer to 39mm, the 42mm case will still be welcome by those with larger wrists and would rather benefit from a larger dial for visibility.
Considering that the watch uses the B15 manufacture movement, it comes standard with a 5 year warranty. Customers in the US can buy an additional 3 years extension to the warranty, adding up to a total of 8 years warranty.
Size aside, the Duograph is ideal as a versatile timepiece; classic yet imposing, a modern homage that opts for a larger case with vintage styling.