Well, not “finally” because this new limited edition is based on the last year’s Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green. The correct title would sound like “That’s Why This New Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition Chronograph is One More Chance to Get Yourself a Bentley Watch You Can Wear,” yet it would be too long (and too clickbaity,) so, please, forgive me this attempt at sensationalism.
Breitling for Bentley
The 2017 Breitling for Bentley Supersports B55 Connected (ref. EB552022-BF47-285S) offers you the same list of amenities as their earlier “hybrid” smartwatches that were first revealed about two years ago but in a styling that is so loved by thousands of Bentley fans. Reassuringly overpriced and deliciously archaic, it will probably feature one of the lowest “value for money” ratios in their whole product range, yet it’s not the mythical “value” that allows Breitling to continue being one of the brands for those who love deadly planes and fast cars.
Based on one of their earlier Supersports models, the 2016 Breitling for Bentley GT3 (ref. V273655S/BE14/233S/V20DSA.2) delivers the traditional mix of daring exterior styling and a fairly impressive price tag. The only thing that it lacks is an in-house caliber, but for those not interested in the model’s guts and more concerned about looks and brand value its modified ETA movement may even be a better choice.
With its massive body looking like it was machined out of a 22-inch light-alloy disk, the new Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 will surprise you with its lightness and superb ergonomics. However, if a Bentley Continental GT is not the “other” car you use for going shopping at the time when your Mulsanne is at the dealership for scheduled maintenance, this new watch may be a bit too expensive for the combination of features and materials that it features.
The limited edition Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon was introduced on March 5, 2014. Created in partnership with the German-owned, British-based maker of ultra-luxury cars, the monstrous timepiece features all the usual design elements of the family and, as usual, comes in a fairly small lot of 1000 individually numbered pieces. Like a number of their recent offerings, it is offered in a sexy black (or very dark grey) finish that, unlike models treated with PVD coating process, will not show minor dents and scratches.
The Swiss-based brand wants to spread the relatively new Unitime complication across its whole product range. Besides the gorgeous Transocean “aviator,” the 24-cities display has also been recently added to their elite Breitling for Bentley line. Called (rather predictably) Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Chronograph, the new model is powered by the same in-house caliber as both Transocean models but comes in a deliberately oversized body that literally dwarfs a normal “sporty” chronograph with its gargantuan proportions.
The new Breitling for Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon Chronograph follows in the footsteps of the grim Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon Chronograph that was revealed in September 2012. However, compared to the first version, this variety comes in a larger body and features more elaborate (also, slightly busier) dial with Breitling’s signature 30-seconds chronograph display.
With its new Breitling for Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon, the Swiss manufacturer keeps gradually putting on a pretty strict diet its best-selling models that were designed in partnership with Bentley. Packing them in smaller bodies, but still offering a nice combination of superb build quality and mass-produced movements that are finely tuned to the highest standards of accuracy, the company introduces a new generation of accessories that could be worn not only by basketballs stars, but also by an ordinary CEO obsessed with British motorsport legacy, but still sane enough not to wear a humburger-sized monstrosity with a formal suit.
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.
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.