Breitling for Bentley celebrates ten years on the road with three new chronographs equipped with in-house motorsBritish chic, Swiss excellence: the Breitling for Bentley collection has asserted a new art of living. It now welcomes three exceptional mechanisms equipped with Manufacture Breitling movements entirely developed and produced in-house. The Bentley B06 is distinguished by its exclusive “30-second chronograph” system; while the Bentley B04 GMT and Bentley B05 Unitime models will appeal to world travellers and citizens thanks to ultra-practical dual timezone and worldtime mechanisms. Three new expressions of a world apart combining luxury and accomplishment, performance and prestige.
2003 was not only the year Bentley made its big comeback on the track of the Le Mans 24 Hours race by winning the two top spots right off the bat. It also marked the start of the beautiful Breitling for Bentley adventure, a collection born from a cross between the grand art of British carmaking and the fine Swiss watchmaking tradition. Ten years later, this rich family of chronographs has won over the planet through its unique blend of elegance and performance, power and style, sportiness and refinement. Breitling now takes it to a new level by equipping it with three movements entirely designed and developed in the Breitling Chronométrie workshops with all the expertise of the chronograph and technical watch specialist. Three in-house engines combining peerless performance with innovative and user-friendly functions. These selfwinding chronograph B04, B05 and B06 calibres are endowed with a column wheel, a vertical coupling clutch and an over 70-hour power reserve. Like all Breitling for Bentley movements, they are chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest benchmark in terms of precision and reliability, and the only one based on an international standard.
Bentley B06: a highly exclusive chronograph
A perfect emblem of the Breitling for Bentley spirit, the new Bentley B06 chronograph weds sophisticated aesthetics with Manufacture Breitling Calibre B06. It is distinguished by its ingenious “30-second chronograph” system, inspired by a Breitling patent dating from 1926 and based on a central hand sweeping around the dial in half a minute – thereby ensuring extremely accurate 1/8th second time readings. Another world-exclusive feature is the “variable tachometer” with a rotating bezel serving to calculate average speed whatever the time elapsed, the distance covered or the speed reached – contrary to standard tachometers that measure only times of less than 60 seconds. The knurled motif on the bezel, a nod to the famous Bentley radiator grilles, is picked up in the openworked dial revealing glimpses of the high-performance engine. This decidedly original approach continues on the reverse side of the watch that is fitted with a transparent caseback revealing a spectacular 360° sculpted oscillating weight evoking the shape of a wheel rim. The Bentley B06 is available in steel or red gold, along with a choice of a bracelet or a crocodile leather or rubber strap adorned with a central raised motif matching that on the bezel.
Bentley B04 GMT: keeping time with meridians
A watch for businessmen as well as all those with a taste for accomplishments who live and communicate across all longitudes, the new Bentley B04 GMT stands out for its extremely functional dual timezone system, combined with a high-performance selfwinding chronograph. Beneath the radiator grille of its finely openworked black or silver dial beats a Manufacture Breitling movement developed with all the skill and knowledge lavished on the finest engines and officially chronometer-certified by the COSC. To adjust the main hour hand to local time, the user can simply pull out the crown and turn it in either direction in one-hour increments. This is achieved without any loss of precision in terms of the minutes, and with automatic forward and backward date adjustment. Meanwhile, the red-tipped hand continues to show home time in 24-hour mode, thus enabling the user to distinguish between day and night. The Bentley B04 GMT expresses its powerful aesthetic in steel or red gold models, complete with a transparent caseback revealing a sculpted wheel rim-shaped oscillating weight.
Bentley B05 Unitime: worldwide horizons
For those who view travel as an art of living, Breitling for Bentley has created the Bentley B05 Unitime, a worldtime chronograph powered by an innovative Manufacture Breitling movement with a patented mechanism. Thanks to its double-disc system, this instrument boasting unprecedented user friendliness enables instant reading at any given moment of the time in all 24 timezones. Upon changing timezone, simply turning the crown forward or backward in one-hour increments enables the user to correct all indications in one smooth gesture, with the date automatically adjusted to local time. The 24-city bezel comprises indications serving to take account of “summer” or Daylight Saving Time (DST). The black or matt white dial is adorned with an artistically sculpted globe accentuating the travel theme. The high-performance chronograph movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), measures feats accomplished the world over. It is driven by a highly original oscillating weight shaped like a wheel rim and visible through the transparent caseback. Available in steel as well as in red gold, the new Bentley B05 Unitime is fitted with a bracelet or with a rubber or crocodile leather strap.