19 September 2017
- Limited-edition Breitling watch celebrates Grand Touring spirit of all-new Bentley Continental GT
- Ultra-light, ultra-strong 48mm diameter case made of Breitlight®, an exclusive Breitling advanced material
- Dial pattern echoes new Continental GT diamond-stitched hides; case reflects Dark Sapphire from Bentley’s colour palette
- Third generation of Bentley Continental GT defines luxury Grand Touring
‘Breitling for Bentley’ GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch
Bentley Motors and Breitling announced a new watch – the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition chronograph watch. Limited to 500 pieces, the new watch celebrates the arrival of the all-new Bentley Continental GT, which was unveiled last week at the IAA Car 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
New Bentley Continental GT
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain from authentic luxury materials, the third generation of Bentley’s definitive Grand Tourer features a 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine developing 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.). It showcases both traditional craftsmanship and innovative applications of cutting-edge technology.
The same combination of precision and performance has been carefully applied to the new ‘Breitling for Bentley’ GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch.
Breitling Tradition and Innovation
This limited-edition ‘Breitling for Bentley’ GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch pays tribute to the ultimate Grand Tourer with an ultra-light, ultra-strong case made of Breitlight® – an exclusive new advanced material that mirrors the innovative, authentic new luxury materials inside the Bentley Continental GT.
Breitlight® is resistant to scratching and corrosion. It does not contain magnetic nor allergenic properties and has a subtle black, streaked effect with a luxurious blue shimmer that echoes Dark Sapphire from Bentley’s colour palette.
The unique diamond shape motif on the watch dial is similar to the ‘diamond in diamond’ pattern that can be specified for the leather of the new Bentley Continental GT.
The ‘Breitling for Bentley’ GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch is powered by a Breitling B06 ‘engine’ or movement that is officially chronometer-certified by the COSC.
The movement is equipped with the unique 30-second chronograph system that was patented in 1926 – a year before the first famous “Bentley Boys” win at Le Mans.
A central hand completes a full sweep of the dial in half a minute, ensuring the ultimate precision in time-keeping, to the nearest eighth of a second. A blue ‘30-second chronograph’ inscription highlights this unusual feature.
In keeping with the Grand Touring spirit of the car, the ‘Breitling for Bentley’ GT Dark Sapphire Edition chronograph watch is fitted out with a unique rubber strap with the same diamond design as the dial, secured by a push piece-operated folding clasp, ensuring reassuring comfort.
No prices have been announced yet but as a guide, previous coloured limited editions of the Breitling for Bentley GT watches started at $12,300. With the new Breitlight® case material, I would expect a premium to be added to that basic price. By the way, in case you are wondering what Breitlight® is, it is a proprietary, commissioned “polymer reinforced with composite fibres”…er…that’s fancy plastic to you and me. 🙂
This may be the most expensive plastic watch in the world!
Imagine a matched set of car and watch in Dark Sapphire blue….?
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).