Update: Bentley tells Motor1 that the GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch retails for 9,500 Swiss Francs ($9,890 at current exchange rates).
Bentley and watchmaker Breitling team up to create a limited-edition timepiece that takes inspiration from the latest Continental GT. The Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch is available in a limited edition of just 500 units and features design cues from the British brand’s latest grand tourer.
The Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition has a 1.69-inch (43-millimeter) diameter case that uses Breitling’s proprietary Breitlight polymer. The material is scratch and corrosion resistant. It’s also not magnetic or allergenic. Dark Sapphire color is similar to a shade available on the Continental GT, and the trim around the dial features a diamond pattern that evokes the stitching inside the new Bentley.
The watch uses Breitling’s B06 calibre self-winding movement with a 70-hour power reserve. It includes chronometer functions with 30-second, 15-minute and six-hour totalizers, which are accurate to the nearest eighth of a second. Glare-proofed sapphire crystals protect each side, and let you see the sophisticated mechanicals at work.
The Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition comes with a diamond-quilted rubber strap that echoes the design of the dial’s trim and the Continental GT’s cabin.
The latest Continental GT features a svelte new design and stunning interior. Power comes from a a revised 6.0-liter biturbo W12 with 626 horsepower (466 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (897 newton-meters) of torque. An eight-speed dual clutch gearbox channels the output to the road so that the luxurious coupe reaches 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.7 seconds.
Gallery: 2018 Bentley Continental GT
If you're in the market for an automotive-inspired watch, there's no shortage of options.If money is no object then check out timepieces like Icon's $11,500 Duesey or Singer's $41,040 Track 1. For a little less money, the Land Rover Range Rover Velar watch from Zenith is $8,700, and Alfa Romeo charges $3,990 with the one with inspiration from the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The DeLorean watch is a more reasonable $150, though. Once you have all of these timepieces, it might be worth investing in the mechanized watch winder that uses a BMW inline-six engine.
Gallery: Breitling Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition Watch
BREITLING FOR BENTLEY INTRODUCES BENTLEY GT DARK SAPPHIRE EDITION
- Limited-edition Breitling watch celebrates Grand Touring spirit of all-new Bentley Continental GT
- Ultra-light, ultra-strongcase 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
(Crewe, 19 September 2017) Bentley Motors and Breitling are pleased to announce a striking, contemporary new watch – the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition.
Limited to 500 examples, the new watch celebrates the arrival of the all-new Bentley Continental GT, which was unveiled at the recent IAA 2017 in Frankfurt.
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.), and 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 for Bentley: the ultimate blend of precision and performance
The effortless performance and Grand Touring comfort of Bentley’s definitive Continental GT is reflected in the new Breitling for Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition.
This exceptional new limited-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 or 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 watch dial features a striking diamond shape that mirrors the new ‘diamond in diamond’ pattern that can be specified in the leather of the new Bentley Continental GT.
Movement in the Breitling for Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition comes courtesy of a Breitling B06 calibre that is officially chronometer-certified by the COSC.
The movement is developed in the Swiss brand’s Chronométrie workshops and is distinguished by the unique 30-second chronograph system that was patented in 1926 – a year before the first famous Bentley Boy 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 exclusive feature.
In keeping with the Grand Touring spirit of the car, the Breitling for Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch has a unique rubber strap bearing the same design as the dial, secured by a push piece-operated folding clasp, ensuring optimal comfort.
The Breitling for Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition is limited to 500 pieces, to maintain the same exclusivity enjoyed by today’s Bentley customers.
Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition Specifications
Manufacture Breitling Calibre B06, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 47 jewels. Over 70-hour power reserve. 1/8th of a second chronograph, 30-second, 15-minute and six-hour totalisers. Calendar.
Breitlight® (500-piece limited series). Water-resistant to 100 m. Screw-locked crown. Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides.
Bentley GT rubber.
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