The new Breitling for Bentley Supersports ISR Limited Edition Chronograph is offered in a titanium case that, while unmistakably huge, is as lightweight as a swan’s feather. Well, almost as lightweight.
Last February, the German-owned, but still British-based manufacturer of luxury cars has set yet another ice speed record with its specially prepared Bentley Continental GTC Supersports coupe-convertible. Although it has always been my understanding that convertibles (even if equipped with metal roofs that also allows them to qualify as coupes) were usually sold to dwellers of warm and comfortable places like French Riviera, Florida and, of course, Abu Dhabi, there are apparently markets with less soothing climate with a lot less sun and a lot more snow (and ice, as well as the two aforementioned substances mixed with dirt and salt, which most commonly known as slush), large enough for the brand to justify the PR stunt. So they did do it.
Since the Finnish driver Juha Kankkunen broke the 330.695 km/h mark while wearing the gargantuan Bentley Supersports Light Body, the Swiss watchmaker decided to commemorate the event with a new Breitling for Bentley Supersports ISR (Ice Speed Record).
In its press release, the Swiss brand doesn’t go deeply into details, but it is clear that the limited edition watch is based on the aforementioned Bentley Supersports Light Body.
It is, too, presented in a huge titanium case that measures whole 49 millimeters in width and provides more than enough living space for the Breitling B27 automatic chronograph movement that powers the watch.
While Breitling is gradually introducing more and more models that are powered by its own Caliber B01 movement, which is manufactured solely in-house, the B27 is still based on the well-known ETA 2892-A2 blank caliber with an “exclusive” add-on complication module.
As usual for Breitling for Bentley, the caliber was officially certified by the Swiss-based COSC authority as a chronometer.
As you can see on the pictures, the module lets them combine the 60-minute and 12-hour chronograph totalizers into a single sub-dial, thus freeing a lot of display real estate and making the dial more symmetrical with the combined chronograph totalizer at 9 hours counterweighted with the small seconds sub-dial at 3 hours.
The small aperture of the simple 31-day calendar is still there at 6 o’clock replacing one of the luminous hour markers.
The prominent bidirectional rotating pinion bezel with variable tachometer (circular slide rule) has also remained unchanged.
Frankly speaking, I can’t say that I like the new Breitling for Bentley Supersports ISR Limited Edition (oversized timekeepers just don’t strike a chord with me,) but there is something about this watch that makes you want one: there is just so much Bentley in this Breitling. The only thing that puts me off here is, perhaps, the minimum recommended price: with an MSRP of more than $10,000 this thing is just too expensive for a watch, which is powered by a mass-produced mechanism even despite the fact that it’s been officially certified as a chronometer.
Photos: Breitling for Bentley
Breitling for Bentley Supersports ISR specification
Price: $10,450 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber Breitling B27, based on ETA 2892-A2 ebauche (blank movement,) modified in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 38
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 49.00 mm
Case height: 15.90 mm
Dial: Black carbon fiber
Hour Markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides, cambered