Bentley & Breitling
The longest car and watch partnership in history, Bentley’s partnership with Breitling can be traced back to 2002, when the iconic automotive brand was designing its legendary Continental GT. Bentley commissioned Breitling to create an on-board clock that would embody the unparalleled luxury, peerless quality and extraordinary performance of the new Continental GT. In the years since, both brands have worked together to create a collection of exquisite timepieces and special edition cars from the “Breitling for Bentley” range to the Limited Edition GT’s inspired by the Breitling Jet Team.
Breitling’s timepieces embody the same sense of beauty in motion as Bentley’s cars. From the Bentley factory in Crewe to the Breitling Chronométrie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, both brands share an appreciation of mechanical perfection. The handcrafted nature of both products and the attention to detail on every curve, every edge and every surface make for a perfect partnership.
Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition
The values that have always defined the partnership between Bentley and Breitling are once more on display with the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition. The new chronograph has close links to the interior of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, the most luxurious GT ever designed, and particularly to the Breitling clock in the luxury automobile’s dashboard.
Limited to 1,000 pieces, the watch features a 42-mm stainless steel case presented on a blue alligator leather strap echoing the Imperial Blue leather interior available in the car. Its elegant silver dial recalls the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible’s dashboard clock. The case of each timepiece features an engine-spun plate with ‘Bentley’ inscription, inspired by the dashboards of historic Bentleys. Around the watch’s transparent sapphire caseback is an inscription saying “MULLINER EDITION – BREITLING – ONE OF 1000”.
The links between the watch and the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible clock are further strengthened by their complementary sets of Arabic numerals: the dashboard clock features the numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9, while the watch has them at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11. Sharing these numerals across these two pieces is a nod to the design DNA they share.
The exquisite timepiece is available to purchase from Breitling.
In 2018, Breitling and Bentley launched the first of a new collection of watches with the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green. Inspired by the dashboard of the 1929 Bentley Blower, the engine-spun metal plate on each timepiece is engraved with the ‘Bentley’ name whilst the striking British racing green dial echoes the car’s exterior.
To celebrate Bentley’s 100th year, in 2019 Breitling launched the Breitling B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Centenary Limited Edition. Celebrating the brands shared values of craftsmanship and innovation, the elegant and unique wooden burl elm dial is reminiscent of the veneers found within a Bentley, whilst the brown diamond-stitched leather strap echoes the interior of the historic Bentley Blower.
Each piece in Breitling’s Premier Bentley collection is powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01 in-house mechanical movement, with an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
Find out more about Breitling and Bentley here.