To a certain disappointment, the 2012 Breitling for Bentley Supersports chronograph that was presented during the Baselworld 2012 event offers only minor, almost unnoticeable cosmetic changes here and there. The watch comes as a tribute to the famous Bentley Supersports sports car that went into production in 2009 and offered 0-100 km/h acceleration of impressive 3.9 seconds and overwhelming top speed of almost 330 kilometers per hour.
If you compare the recently introduced version with the Breitling for Bentley Supersports model that first appeared back in 2010, you will have a hard time finding differences between the two.
The “new” version is presented in the same supermassive stainless steel body almost 49 millimeters in diameter and features the same “linear” tri-compax chronograph with a 12-hour chronograph counter at 9 o’clock, a small seconds indicator at 3 hours, and a 60-minute chronograph totalizer right in the center of the dial.
Perhaps the only thing that differentiates the two watches is the color of some minor elements, such the arrow on the bezel flange (previously it was red and now it is black) and the sub-dials: in 2010 model they were completely white and now they are black with white rims in order to better match the white bezel flange that features the customary circular slide rule with a variable tachymeter scale.
The refreshed Breitling Bentley Supersports is still powered by the same Caliber B26 automatic movement, which is based on the well-known ETA 2892-A2 blank caliber with some of its components replaced with higher grade ones in order to successfully pass COSC certification.
Yes, the caliber B26 is an officially certified chronometer, which basically means that it is not only robust and reliable like 2892 calibers, but is also assembled and adjusted to ensure the best accuracy possible for a mass-produced mechanical movement.
Well, I guess we shall see a radically upgraded version in a couple of years from now when Bentley finally introduces a new generation of the Supersports.
I have an impression that plenty of potential customers will be impressed by the timekeeper’s MSRP of over $10,000 USD, but the Swiss brand makes this version for the kind of customers who are able to afford a Bentley and in this respect, the watch is priced right. After all, some still think that a Bentley is simply a glorified VW, so a concept of an ultra-luxury watch powered by a mass-produced mechanism may not be particularly alien to them.
Photos: Breitling / Bentley
Breitling Bentley Supersports Chronometer specification
Price: $10,300 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber B26B, base ETA 2892-A2, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 38
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph, circular slide rule (variable tachymeter)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 49.00 mm
Lug width: 22 mm
Dial: Black (Royal Ebony)
Hour markers: Applied, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Stainless steel “Speed” bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating, cambered
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