Breitling took to the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz for the launch of its Premier Wheels and Waves Limited Edition watch, which comes in two versions: 18 k red gold and stainless steel
Since 2012, Wheels and Waves, the world’s leading motorcycle, surfing, and skateboarding festival, has attracted visitors from all over the world – who are drawn to the festival’s dynamic yet cool atmosphere – to the popular resort town. Wheels and Waves is a festival like no other. Each June, thousands of visitors find their way to Biarritz, where they are treated to displays of world-class surfing, motorcycle racing, and skateboarding. This year, as Official Timekeeper, Breitling was on hand throughout the festival, which proved once again to be a platform that authentically embodies the Swiss watch manufacture’s Land and Sea brand worlds. The third world, Air, was well represented on Friday night as the Breitling Jet Team dazzled festivalgoers, flying through the skies above Biarritz.
The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Wheels and Waves Limited Edition
One of the festival’s highlights was the launch of the Breitling Premier Wheels and Waves Limited Edition. It has been produced in both an 18 k red gold version, limited to 100 pieces, and a stainless-steel version issued in a series of 500 pieces. The cases in both metals feature an engraved plate with a Breitling SPECIAL inscription on the left side. These watches are set apart by their unique anthracite dial with golden hour markers, hour and minute hands, and a red central seconds hand. The dial features a black tachymeter scale on a white inner bezel, with a red tachymeter inscription. These COSC-certified chronometers have contrasting black subdials (a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock) – a mark that they are powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01.
The in-house mechanical movement, which offers a power reserve of about 70 hours, is visible through a transparent caseback. The caseback for the 18 k red gold version is engraved with a “ONE OF 100” inscription; the stainless-steel model is engraved “ONE OF 500”. The red gold and the stainless-steel versions are presented on a brown nubuck leather strap.
The Wheels and Waves festival, with its unique focus on surfing and motorcycling, represents an ideal opportunity for Breitling to showcase its close links to both sports. Breitling already enjoys a partnership with Norton Motorcycles, the world’s oldest motorcycle brand, and it has a long and strong association with motor sports, including a link to Bentley. In fact, the partnership between Breitling and Bentley is the world’s longest-standing partnership between a watch brand and an automobile manufacturer.
At Wheels and Waves, thousands of visitors had a chance to interact with the brand and they were able to identify with Breitling, its stories, and its Squads. In Biarritz, Breitling took its message directly to the people, engaging men and woman of action, purpose, and style.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Wheels and Waves Limited Edition
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 Diameter: 30 millimeters Depth: 7.2 millimeters Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing Power reserve: approximately 70 hours Number of components: 346 Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz Chronograph: column-wheel, vertical clutch, 30-minute and 12-hour counters Display: hour, minute, second, date window Certification: COSC-certified
Material: 18 k red gold Diameter: 42 millimeters Height: 13.65 millimeters Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters) Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective Case back: screwed steel, sapphire glass Crown: non screw-locked, two gaskets
Anthracite with contrasting black fields for permanent seconds and totalizers Super-LumiNova luminescent hour and minute hands
Brown nubuck strap with pin buckle