As I’m first up with the blue dial fake Breitling Premier Duograph, it’s worth getting our readers up to speed on what makes it a split-second chronograph. With the additional central chronograph hand, you can time two independent events simultaneously for up to 60-seconds — for instance, two horses in a one-lap race. You start the chronograph as you would with the pusher at two o’clock. As one horse completes the lap, you press the pusher integrated within the crown. In the case of the Duograph, the crown pusher stops the hand with the alpha-shaped counterbalance.
As the second horse continues the lap, you then stop the circular counterbalance hand with the pusher at 2 o’clock. With the hands paused in their relative positions, you now have the split difference between the horses’ lap times. Another fun feature is to record the laps of a single-car over a specific duration. Like the two-horse analogy above, you can start the chronograph and stop one hand with the crown pusher as the car goes over the start/finish line. But you then have enough time to record that lap on a clipboard with the other seconds hand still ticking. Re-pressing the crown pusher lets the hand catch up with the other hand without losing any measurements of the subsequent lap. Repeating the process not only gives you the individual lap times but the entire race duration up to 30-minutes.
Cool blue two-timer
There are many more use case examples with a Rattrapante, and that’s where the appeal is. Split seconds elapsed timing opens up a whole new world of possibilities. But with this functionality comes complexity. Rattrapante calibers are typically more complicated to produce than the chronograph we all know and love. For the 42 mm copy Breitling Premier, Breitling uses the caliber B15, which is essentially the manually-wound version of the in-house automatic B03. Removing the self-winding rotor provides an unimpeded view of the bridges, gears, and clutches via the sapphire case-back and a slightly thinner mechanism. Saying that, with the boxy sapphire crystal on the front side of the case, the Duograph is overall a girthy watch with a thickness of 15.3mm.
In the steel case with a blue dial, the first watch in my tag team is a belter. The vintage charm of the Arabic numeral layout with the flowing “B” logo evokes its ’40s inspiration. But the steel Breitling copy with brown leather strap also cuts a contemporary look with an icy cool attitude alongside the cushion pushers, groovy case sides, and lumed hands. The gold watch that Jorg chose may hold a place in my heart but goes straight for the old-school appeal. Not only that but the prices almost double from €9,350 for the steel to €19,200 for red gold. An in-house split-seconds chronograph from a significant Swiss player under €10k is a marvel in the current market.