Thursday, March 5, 2020

This Timepiece Celebrates the Longest Collab Between a Watchmaker and Carmaker


Marking the longest-running partnership between a watch brand and a car manufacturer, Breitling has come up with this: the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition.

Celebrating 17 years of collaboration, this special edition watch is limited to just 1,000 pieces worldwide. The chronograph is said to echo its namesake, the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, particularly the Breitling clock installed on the dashboard.

The 42-mm stainless steel case is presented on a blue alligator leather strap—similar to the car’s very own Imperial Blue leather, while its elegant silver dial recalls the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible’s dashboard clock. The watch boasts blue sub-dials—a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock—an indication of the Breitling Manufacturer Caliber 01, with an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

The dial features a white tachymeter scale on a blue inner bezel around the dial, with a red tachymeter inscription. The red second hand and centered 60-minute scale mirror the red stitching found throughout the interior cabin of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. 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.

On the left side of the case is a plate with an engraved “Bentley” inscription, whose design is based on the engine spin dashboard found in historic Bentleys. Around the watch’s transparent sapphire caseback is an inscription saying “MULLINER EDITION – BREITLING – ONE OF 1000”. The Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition is a COSC-certified chronometer.

Two versions of this limited-edition watch is available, the difference merely limited to strap lock—one is a folding clasp, while the other is a tang-type buckle. As for the price, it starts at USD 8,000 (~ P 423,770).

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