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Breitling Bentley Motors Special Ed. Diamond Bezel A25362 Breitling Bentley Motors Special Ed. Diamond Bezel A25362 Available now $11,450 US 27 2012

Breitling for Bentley: Fine Watchmaking

Breitling for Bentley is a collection and brand that developed out of the cooperation between the famous watch and car manufacturers. The series unites Swiss haute horlogerie with British noblesse; it's an expression of prestige and accomplishment.

Highlights

  • High-end Breitling watches with power reserves lasting up to 70 hours
  • In-house, COSC-certified calibers
  • Use of innovative materials such as carbon fibers
  • Special limited editions
  • Customizable watches with a tourbillon

Breitling for Bentley: Premium, High-End Swiss Watches

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Breitling has been working together with the British car manufacturer Bentley since the early 2000s. Over the course of this collaboration, Breitling developed a new watch collection combining Swiss haute horlogerie with British automobile chic. The first model in this series, the 48-mm Breitling Bentley Motors, was introduced in 2002 and featured a stopwatch function as well as a bidirectional rotatable bezel. The relief on the bezel is reminiscent of Bentley's characteristic radiator grill, differentiating this watch from other series like the Avenger or Chronomat collections. Both of these collections have watches with the bezel tabs at 3, 6, 9, and twelve o'clock. The rider tabs resemble grips and make it easier to turn the bezel.
Breitling transferred additional design features from the luxury cars to their Bentley watches. For example, Breitling uses original varnish colors for the dials. The special edition Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body, limited to a run of 250, has a carbon case. Carbon is often used in Formula 1 cars and aircraft. It's very lightweight, shockproof, and especially sturdy. Carbon cases are still a novelty in the watchmaking world.

Buying Advice

Do you want a premium Breitling chronograph with the most modern watch technology to call your own? The watches in the Breitling for Bentley collection are just what you're looking for. Special, limited editions like the Breitling Bentley GMT Midnight Carbon or the Breitling Bentley GT3 are rare and highly sought after. These watches feature trendy materials such as carbon and coated titanium, which are just as robust as they are lightweight. In-house calibers with stopwatch and GMT functions make these watches not just nice to look at, but functional too. The watches in this collection are waterproof to 100 m (10 bar), making these timepieces perfect companions for swimming, bathing, and showering. With an almost 70-hour power reserve, the newer models with in-house calibers run for about three days. Thus, you can take your Breitling Bentley off on Friday evening after work and put it back on Monday morning.
You can purchase a pre-owned Breitling for Bentley watch for around 3,400 euros. A Breitling Bentley with a tourbillon is much more expensive; this gold or platinum watch costs around 100,000 euros.
For a new Breitling Bentley Barnato, you should plan to spend around 4,000 euros. The Bentley Motors, one of the first models in the collection, costs around 5,500 euros new. The Bentley B06 features a classic design and a tachymeter to measure average speeds and is available for around 7,500 euros.
The Bentley GMT Light Body B04 is also powered by an in-house caliber. As its name suggests, it displays multiple time zones at once. This makes this chronograph perfect for frequent travelers. New, you can buy the watch for around 8,000 euros. The version with a black-coated titanium case costs around 10,000 euros.
You should plan to spend about 9,000 euros on the limited special edition Breitling Bentley GT3. The somewhat older models are available for around 3,700 euros. New, they cost around 5,700 euros.

Breitling Bentley Barnato 42: An Homage to Woolf Barnato

The Breitling Bentley Barnato 42 is dedicated to the British racing driver and financier Woolf Barnato (1895 - 1948). He was one of the most important members of the so-called "Bentley Boys," a group comprised of rich British racing drivers who frequently won with Bentley cars in the 1920s. Their success led to Bentley's fame. When Bentley was close to bankruptcy in the mid-1920s, Barnato bought the company to save it.
The 42-mm Bentley Barnato 42 is available in stainless steel and in black, which is limited to 1,000 pieces. The black look is achieved with a carbon coating, thus giving the watch its name: Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon. The chronograph movement that powers it is, like the famed racing cars, honed for high performance. The Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) has certified the Breitling caliber 41B as a chronometer. The movement is based on the 2892-A2 from ETA and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The balance frequency is 28,800 vibrations per hour (A/h). You have the choice of a leather, rubber, or crocodile strap or a five-link stainless steel bracelet. The Midnight Carbon watch is exclusively available with a black rubber strap.

Features

  • Homage to Woolf Barnato from the Bentley Boys
  • Carbon-coated model limited to a run of 1,000
  • 42-mm diameter

Breitling Bentley GMT: For the Frequent Traveler

The Swiss manufacturer offers many models with a GMT function. Watches with this complication are perfect for frequent fliers who often change time zones. In the mid-1950s, Rolex developed the GMT-Master for the pilots at Pan American World Airways (Pan Am). The main principles of a GMT watch have barely changed since their inception; an extra 24-hour hand, together with a 24-hour ring, displays the time in a second time zone. The second hour hand makes one full rotation per day. The usual hour and minute hands display the local time.
The Breitling Bentley GMT models don't stop there, though; they also feature a stopwatch function. You can use these chronographs to time up to 12 hours. The in-house caliber B04 powers these watches. It has a power reserve of over 70 hours. One special feature of the Bentley B04 is the rotatable bezel with a tachymeter. This functions like a circular slide rule. You can use the watch to determine average speed independent of the distance covered, the elapsed time, and the maximum speed. The Breitling Bentley B06 also has this special slide rule, but no GMT function. Most chronographs feature a tachymeter scale which you can use to measure speed in relation to time and distance.

Breitling Bentley Light Body B04: A Titanium Case

Breitling uses titanium as the case material for the Bentley GMT Light Body 04. Titanium is lighter than stainless steel, but just as sturdy. Instead of the tachymeter, these GMT watches feature a rotatable city ring with 24 cities representing the 24 time zones. Using this watch, you can tell the time in every time zone around the world.

Breitling Bentley GMT B04 Carbon Body

The case of the Breitling GMT B04 S Carbon Body is a technological breakthrough in watchmaking. It's made of the high-tech material carbon. Tiny carbon fibers are woven together in hundreds of layers. Every individual fiber has a diameter of 30 microns, which is equal to 0.03 mm. Breitling compresses the layers under pressure with heated resin, resulting in an incredibly solid and shockproof case with a matte black look. The dial is also made of carbon and has a braid pattern. The subdials at three, six, and nine o'clock feature red borders, making them reminiscent of dashboard instruments in racing cars. The Carbon Body also has the 24 city ring.

Breitling Bentley Flying B Chronograph

The Breitling Bentley Flying B Chronograph is a bit different from its siblings, as this chronograph has a rectangular case. The watch's design is cambered and the sapphire glass is beveled. The push-pieces for controlling the chronograph are integrated into the case. The three rectangular subdials at three, six, and nine o'clock go perfectly with the feel of the watch. Breitling uses stainless steel for the case material. The black Midnight Carbon version is limited to a run of 100. Unlike the other watches in this collection, the Flying B has a polished bezel. The radiator grill relief is located in the center of the dial and suits the watch with its rectangular shape.
The caliber 44B powers this rectangular watch. The movement is based on the ETA 2892-A2 caliber and has a 42-hour power reserve. The balance frequency is 28,800 A/h. Breitling has had the movement chronometer-certified by the COSC.

Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon: Exclusive Customization

The Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon is really something special. The coachbuilder Mulliner has almost 250 years of experience in building coachworks. Today, the body specialist is the personal commissioning department at Bentley in Crewe, UK. Every Bentley Mulliner is a customized timepiece based on the customer's wishes. Customers include royalty, the super-rich, and presidents. Around 100 artisans and technicians work together to fulfill the extravagant requests of their select clientele.
Every Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon is a customized piece that was made according to the wishes of the future owner. Breitling only makes a few of these watches every year. When ordering the watch, the customer has the choice: Should the case be made of platinum or yellow, white, or red gold? What color should the dial with mother-of-pearl indices be? The customer also has the choice between six different veneers for the precious wooden ring on the case back.
The manual Breitling caliber 18B powers this luxury watch. The movement is also COSC-certified. One special feature of this caliber is that it's a 30-second chronograph, meaning that the chronograph seconds hand makes one full rotation in 30 seconds. Normally, 60 seconds are required to make a complete rotation.
The tourbillon at six o'clock is proof of incredible watchmaking skill. Abraham-Louis Breguet developed the tourbillon in the 18th century in order to minimize pocket watches' gravity-related deviation from the correct time. To achieve this, he built the balance wheel, escape wheel, and pallet fork together in a rotating cage. The cage makes one rotation around itself in a minute. The rotation compensates for the deviations. Still today, tourbillon watches are considered some of the most precise timepieces in existence.

Features

  • Limited, customized watches
  • Tourbillon at six o'clock
  • 30-second chronograph
  • Materials such as platinum, yellow, rose, and white gold available
  • Decorative wooden ring on the case back