Breitling for Bentley: Watchmaking at its Finest
The luxury watches in the Breitling for Bentley collection combine Swiss haute horlogerie with British elegance. Every model represents performance and prestige – from chronographs with a world time function to unique tourbillon watches.
Premium, High-End Swiss Watches
The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Breitling and the British high-end car manufacturer Bentley have been working together since the early 2000s. This cooperation led to the founding of the independent Breitling for Bentley brand. The eponymous collection includes exquisite wristwatches that combine the finest Swiss craftsmanship with British style. Every model features a distinctive bezel with a relief pattern reminiscent of Bentley's characteristic radiator grill.
The Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon is this collection's highlight, as every piece is made to order. The future owner can build their own unique timepiece by choosing from various case materials and dial colors. They can even dictate the precious wood decoration on the case back. Every year, Breitling produces very few examples of this unique timepiece.
Other top watches in the Breitling for Bentley series include pieces with in-house calibers and chronograph and world time functions. One such watch is the Bentley B05 Unitime. This watch displays the time in 24 time zones simultaneously. If you only need two time zones, you may also enjoy the Bentley B04 GMT with an additional 24-hour hand.
How much do Breitling for Bentley watches cost?
|Model||Price (approx.)||Size (in mm)||Chronograph / GMT / World time|
|Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body||14,500 USD||45||✓ / ✓ / –|
|Bentley B05 Unitime||10,900 USD||49||✓ / ✓ / ✓|
|Bentley B06||9,700 USD||49||✓ / – / –|
|Bentley Barnato 42||6,100 USD||42||✓ / – / –|
|Bentley Motors||5,800 USD||48.7||✓ / – / –|
|Bentley GT||4,600 USD||45||✓ / – / –|
Detailed Price Information
The Bentley Motors is this collection's classic model. You can get this 30-second chronograph, whose stop seconds hand makes two full rotations per minute, for as little as 4,600 USD pre-owned. Since this model is out of production, never-worn examples are rather hard to find and cost over 5,800 USD. The Breitling caliber 25B, based on the ETA 2892, powers these timepieces.
In-house calibers are available in models such as the Bentley B06. The B06 is also a 30-second chronograph that can measure time in increments of one-eighth of a second. Thanks to its 70-hour power reserve, this movement can tick away for almost three days without being wound. Mint-condition stainless steel watches cost around 9,700 USD. Variants in 18-karat rose gold come in at about 36,300 USD. At 49 mm, the Bentley B06 is best suited to larger wrists. The B06 S model is 5 mm smaller, giving it a more universal appeal.
The Bentley Barnato 42 is even smaller and comfortable to wear. This timepiece is dedicated to "Bentley Boy" Woolf Barnato. Barnato rescued the car manufacturer from bankruptcy in the 1920s and contributed to the brand's fame along with the other "Bentley Boys." You can purchase a never-worn example for as little as 6,100 USD. Pre-owned Barnato watches only cost around 5,300 USD.
Prices for GMT and World Timer Watches
Frequent travelers know just how valuable the functionality of a GMT or world time watch is. In the Breitling for Bentley collection, these watches even include a chronograph function. One highlight is the Bentley B05 Unitime, which displays 24 time zones simultaneously. When you change time zones, it's easy to reset the displays using the crown. This 49-mm stainless steel watch costs almost 10,900 USD in mint condition. Pre-owned versions go for about 1,200 USD less.
Fans of classic GMT-watches will find what they're looking for in the Bentley B04 GMT. It can display the time in a second time zone with the help of an additional central hand and a 24-hour scale around the dial's edge. Prices for never-worn models come in at around 6,100 USD.
The Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body is a highlight among Breitling's GMT watches. Its case and dial are both made of carbon – the same material used in Formula 1 and other motorsports. This timepiece has a limited run of 250 pieces and costs 14,500 USD in mint condition.
Prices for Black Midnight Carbon Watches
The Breitling for Bentley collection also includes black watches such as the Bentley GMT Midnight Carbon and the Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon. Both models are made of stainless steel coated in black and are 49 mm in diameter.
The name of the Bentley 6.75 refers to the Bentley Mulsanne, the car company's flagship automobile. A 6.75-liter eight-cylinder engine with 512 PS powers this luxury vehicle. The Breitling caliber 44B, based on the ETA 2892, ticks away inside the watch and comes with a 42-hour power reserve. The outsize date beneath 12 o'clock is a typical feature of this model. With a limited run of only 1,000 pieces, there are very few examples of this timepiece on the market. Plan to spend around 8,500 USD for a pre-owned model.
The Bentley GMT Midnight Carbon is also limited to 1,000 pieces, comes with a GMT function, and costs a good 6,900 USD pre-owned.
Limited to 500 Pieces: The Bentley GT "Dark Sapphire" Edition
The Bentley Continental GT is one of the world's most luxurious coupés. This sports car even has a watch dedicated to it, namely the Bentley GT "Dark Sapphire" Edition. It is the perfect watch for anyone who owns a Continental GT. Thanks to its ultralight Breitlight case, it hardly adds any weight to the car. The in-house caliber B06 with a 30-second chronograph powers this watch. These sports watches are limited to a run of 500 pieces, making them quite hard to find. Upon its release in 2017, it cost 11,500 USD.
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 a stainless steel model and in a special black edition, 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, has a power reserve of 42 hours, and vibrates at 28,800 alternations 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 of the Breitling Bentley Barnato 42
- Homage to Woolf Barnato, one of the Bentley Boys
- Carbon-coated model limited to a run of 1,000
- 42-mm diameter
For Frequent Travelers: The GMT Function
Within the Breitling for Bentley collection, 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 principles of a GMT watch have barely changed since their inception; an extra 24-hour hand displays the time in a second time zone together with a 24-hour ring. The second hour hand makes one full rotation per day. The primary 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 periods 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 GMT is the rotatable bezel with a tachymeter. This functions like a circular slide rule. You can use the watch to determine the elapsed time, maximum speed, and average speed independent of the distance covered. 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 to construct the case of the Bentley GMT Light Body 04. Titanium is lighter than stainless steel, but just as sturdy. Instead of a tachymeter, these GMT watches feature a rotatable ring with the names of 24 cities representing the 24 time zones. Using this watch, you can tell the time in every time zone around the world.
Carbon Cases – the Breitling Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body
The case of the Breitling GMT B04 S Carbon Body is a technological breakthrough in the world of watchmaking. It's made of the high-tech material carbon. Tiny carbon fibers are woven together in hundreds of layers. Every individual fiber is 30 microns in diameter, which is equivalent 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 3, 6, and 9 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 with a Rectangular Case
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 3, 6, and 9 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 pieces. 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 fits in well with the watch's 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.
Exclusive Customizable Watches with a Tourbillon
The Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon is really something special. The coachbuilder Mulliner has almost 250 years of experience in building the bodies of cars and other vehicles. Today, "Mulliner" refers to the personal commissioning department at Bentley in Crewe, England. 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 every 30 seconds. Normally, 60 seconds are required to make a complete rotation.
The tourbillon at 6 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. Today, tourbillon watches are still considered some of the most precise timepieces in existence.
Features of the Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon
- Limited, customized watches
- Tourbillon at 6 o'clock
- 30-second chronograph
- Materials such as platinum, yellow, rose, and white gold available
- Decorative wooden ring on the case back
The Birth of Success Story
The first model in this series, the 48-mm Breitling Bentley Motors, was introduced in 2002 and is characterized by its stopwatch function and bidirectional rotatable bezel. The relief on the bezel is reminiscent of Bentley's characteristic radiator grill, differentiating this watch from other collections like theAvenger or Chronomat. Both of these collections have watches with the bezel tabs at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock. The rider tabs resemble grips and make it easier to turn the bezel.
Carbon Fibers and Original Varnish Colors
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 pieces, 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 watch industry.