The 2011 Breitling for Bentley GT Ice Chronograph offers a snow-white dial and the signature rotating bezel with circular slide-rule (also known as a variable tachometer.) Designed to celebrate Bentley’s numerous achievements of “top speed” records set on icy surfaces in cold places, the new limited edition just nails it when it comes to the exterior finish.
Traditionally for the Breitling for Bentley series (possibly, in order to justify the huge price increase over “normal” Breitlings,) the timekeeper is animated by the top-grade Breitling caliber B13B.
Based on the well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement, the caliber is certified by the Swiss COSC (Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres) authority as a proper chronometer. Basically, this means that B13B is made using high-grade components that, working together, provide the GT Ice Chronograph with a lot higher accuracy than a base ETA 7750 blank caliber does.
Since the mechanism preserves its original layout with no complications added to it, the dial, too, is standard: there is the usual day/date display at three hours, a small seconds indicator at 9 o’clock, and a pair of sub-dials for the chronograph itself that are placed at 6 and 12 o’clock. The off-white color of the sub-dials gives the timekeeper’s face a more three-dimensional appearance and actually makes reading them a bit easier since they make the small rhodium-plated pointers look more contrast.
Nighttime legibility also doesn’t seem to be problematic thanks to thin Superluminova strips applied to the hour and minute hands. Well, the hands could have been just a tad wider to make them even more readable in darkness, but, well, this is not a diver after all.
The movement is hidden inside a 44.80 mm stainless steel case, which is equipped with a screw-locked setting crown and is covered with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Compared to many other chronographs that Breitling has created for the British-based, Germany-owned luxury brand, this new timekeeper looks relatively compact, which is a good thing to those of, well, thinner in the bones. Yet, almost 45 millimeters in diameter, it is still larger than most sporty timekeepers currently available on the market and you should check a similarly sized Breitling on your own wrist before ordering this limited edition monster.
The pictured model is provided with a white rubber strap, but there will also be versions on premium Barenia leather (the French fashion house Hermes uses this leather for their goods, too, so it says something,) crocodile leather and the signature Speed bracelet.
No info on MSRP yet.
Breitling for Bentley GT Ice Chronograph specification
Price: $7200 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Breitling caliber B13B (base ETA Valjoux 7750,) 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Branded rotor, Geneva stripes, polished screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 44.80 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: Ice White
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Barenia leather, Crocodile leather, Rubber strap or Speed stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Solid, engraved