Bentley celebrates centenary with a Breitling limited edition watch

Our Bureau | Updated on: Mar 07, 2019

The premieres at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, which opened earlier this week, were not just cars. One interesting new launch that got a lot of attention on the show floor was a new timepiece from the successful partnership between a watch company and a car manufacturer, the new Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition.

Launched to celebrate Bentley’s 100 years of luxury motoring excellence, the Centenary Limited Edition is the latest model to grace Breitling’s refined Premier collection. The new wristwatch commemorates the collaboration enjoyed by Bentley Motors and Breitling since 2003. An official statement from the two partner brands said that they share a commitment to the highest quality, exquisite craftsmanship, outstanding performance and unrivalled luxury.

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Special partnership

Breitling’s partnership with Bentley Motors can be traced back to 2002, when the iconic automobile brand was designing its legendary Continental GT, which defined a new type of Grand Tourer on the global stage. Bentley commissioned Breitling to create an onboard clock that would reflect the luxury, peerless quality, and extraordinary performance of the new GT, which debuted in Paris in 2003. Throughout the next decade, both brands worked together to create exquisite timepieces and special edition cars that cemented the strength of the relationship. In 2018, Breitling introduced the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green, a striking wristwatch with a distinctive British racing green dial. Bentley celebrated its 100th anniversary at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Centenary Limited Edition, Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner.

Watch specifications

Produced in 18K red gold and stainless steel versions, the new Premier Centenary Limited Edition offers outstanding design features. The elegant and unique wooden brown burl elm dial with black subdials (a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small, seconds subdial at 9 o’clock) is particularly eye-catching. The contrasting subdials indicate that the watches are powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01. The in-house mechanical movement delivers an impressive power reserve of approximately 70-hours, says the official communiqué.

The movement is visible through a unique transparent caseback featuring a Bentley logo. The 18K red gold version is engraved with a ‘ONE OF 200’ inscription while the steel version is inscribed ‘ONE OF 1000’, confirmation of the edition sizes for the watches. The dial features a white tachymeter scale on a black inner bezel around the dial, with a red tachymeter inscription.

The Bentley Centenary Limited Edition in 18K red gold is presented on a brown leather strap whose pattern and stitching were inspired by the seats in a Bentley. The stainless steel version will also be available on the brown Bentley-inspired leather strap or on a stainless-steel bracelet.

On the left side of the 42 mm steel case is a plate with an engraved ‘Bentley’ inscription, which owes its inspiration to the dashboard of the historic supercharged 1929 ‘Blower’ Bentley.

The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is a COSC-certified chronometer, an independent confirmation of its precision, the statement said.

Published on March 07, 2019
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