Review: Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40
Retail price of the best fake Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph Ref. AB0930D31L1P1 is SGD 10,950 inclusive of GST / USD 8,400 before taxes. The Premier B09 Chronograph 40_Ref. RB0930371G1P1 in red gold retails for SGD 24,550 inclusive of GST / USD 20,200 before taxes.
The 40 mm copy Breitling Premier Heritage Chronograph is manually wound, just like its 1940s predecessors. It is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, which is based on the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. It comes 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 case, dial and hands
The case is in the case of the cheap fake Breitling Premier series. Now in the “just right” case size of 40mm, the luxury copy watch is all the more wearable, with the nicely elegant, sweeping curved lugs to allow it to hug smaller wrists even better. The case is the same classical in proportions as with the larger Premier chronographs, and retains the ribbed sides to break the visual monotony. The entire case is finished in a high polish – from the sloped bezel to the case sides and back bezel even the chronograph pushers and crown sport a polish finish.
The dial is a rather pale pastel green, which Breitling calls pistachio green – a fitting name for the very attractive hue, especially when coupled with the brown alligator strap. A box style sapphire glass crystal protects the dial, and completes the vintage feel.
The dial layout is a bi-compax style, with the constant seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the 30 minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. Both sub-dials feature concentric circles as a decoration and also to offer some visual relief to the otherwise smooth dial. The hands are syringe shaped with infilled SuperLuminova. The seconds hand is a thin needle like affair with the counterweight end in a circle. The rehaut is sloped with tachymeter markings. A railway style minute scale resides inside and just a small step below the level of the tachymeter, and the appliqué Arabic numerals offer the hour markings within. This dial visual is familiar to the other Premier line 42mm chronographs, and is very pleasing to the eye. Legibility is good, and the markings are clear. We do know that some will lament that the 2, 4, 8 and 10 numerals are cut by the sub-dials, but this does not bother us, and we rather like the aesthetics. Others will rejoice that the chronograph comes sans date. A curved B logo without wings adorn the pride of place in the center of the dial above the transfer printer moniker “BREITLING 1884” in two lines.
A peek at the red gold version – the dial is a very rich creamy hue, and markers are similar, except that the hands and appliqué Arabic numerals are now in red gold as well.