Relationships are a complicated thing. A lot of time and effort goes into keeping one from going sour. Even then there are a lot of things that can completely wreck your time and effort. Thankfully, there are numerous people in this world who understand the importance of a good relationship. Case in point, Bentley and Breitling. They have managed to maintain their mutualism for almost two decades. This relationship of theirs has now brought us the Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition. A luxury watch launched alongside the Bentley Continental 2019.
Why a watch out of all things?
This watch was in part made to celebrate Bentley’s century old existence. It was showcased alongside the new Bentley Continental 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. Although, if we are being honest, this watch was definitely designed as an ode to the long lasting partnership. Breitling and Bentley have been together ever since the launch of the original Continental GT.
Bentley wanted the Continental GT to not just be a fast car. They wanted it to be a statement. Everything on that car was designed to exude luxury. Therefore, it was only natural for Bentley to commission Breitling to create a one of a kind timepiece for their one of a kind car.
Breitling however, not only designed the on-board clock. Oh no, they even lent their mechanical expertise in the design of various technical instruments of the car. Bentley had trusted an outsider for the first time and Breitling had done a phenomenal job. Now that they are celebrating their 100th birthday their best friends at Breitling needed something really special. Hence why the new limited edition watch to go with the Bentley Continental 2019.
Is the watch as special as the Bentley Continental 2019?
To tell you whether the watch can stand up to the Continental 2019, I must first tell you another story. A story about the rich people who were lovingly known as the Bentley Boys. They were rich owners of Bentley cars who raced to satiate their passion. Between 1924 and 1930 the “Bentley Boys” destroyed the competition at the 24 hour Le Mans race five times.
Among them, Sir Tim Birkin was the most renowned. In his legendary No. 9 – his own car – he broke several motoring records over the course of numerous races. He was the one to dream of a supercharged Bentley. A class of cars now admired as the ‘Blower’ Bentley. The new Bentley Continental 2019 was made to celebrate the legendary No 9.
To make the Bentley Continental 2019 even more special, a wood insert from the driver’s seat of the original No. 9 has been featured. It sits in resin in the center dial of the rotating display. The exceptional wooden dials on the Breitling watch continue this theme and retell the story of the glorious past.
What are the specifications of the watch?
The watch boasts a wooden-brown burl elm dial. The pitch black sub-dials offer a nice contrast to the wooden color. These sub-dials indicate that the watches have the Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Calibre 01 at its heart. This beast has an impressive power reserve of 70 hours and is visible through a transparent case-back. Unlike the Bentley Continental 2019 though, the watch doesn’t come in either green or black.
Instead, it either comes with steel or a brown leather belt. The watch itself has two versions. One is made out of steel and bears the inscription “One of 1000”. The other one is made of 18 ct. red gold and bears the inscription “One of 200”. The patterns and stitching of the the leather strap on the gold version draw inspiration from the seats in the Bentley Continental 2019.
The 42 mm steel case bears a plate with “Bentley” engraved on it on the left side. The Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is a COSC-certified chronometer. This means that it is precise enough for you to time your Bentley Continental 2019 without any worries.
As for the pricing, the gold one will cost around $29,410 and the steel versions will cost up to $11,045. Not that bad for a watch as cool as this one.