Earlier this year, we showed you two new models from Breitling’s Breitling for Bentley collection, developed in cooperation with the British luxury automaker. Also new to the family this year is the Bentley Supersports Chronograph, a limited-edition timepiece made in tribute to the Continental Supersports, the fastest and most powerful Bentley car ever manufactured, and holder of the world ice speed record.
The watch is distinguished by its “dashboard-style” dial in Royal Ebony, which features either blue, orange or white-ringed subdials and inner bezels. Inside its large (49 mm in diameter) stainless-steel case is Breitling’s Caliber 26B, an automatic chronograph movement that has been chronometer-certified by COSC, the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. The watch’s 1/4-second chronograph function uses a red-arrow-tipped, center-mounted hand for its 60-minute counter, and tallies up to 12 elapsed hours on the subdial counter at 9 0′clock. The date is in a window at 6 o’clock.
The rotating pinion bezel, which is adorned with the knurled motif typical of Bentley dashboard controls, is used to activate the variable tachymeter — a driver-friendly feature that measures average speed no matter how much time has elapsed, how much distance is covered, or how high a speed is reached. The watch also has a screw-locked crown and a curved sapphire crystal with glare-proof treatment on both surfaces.
Each of the three Supersports models is limited to 1,000 pieces and each is available on either a Barenia leather, Bentley leather or crocodile leather strap and on a rubber strap or steel “speed” bracelet. (Click on photos to enlarge images.)
Movement: Breitling Caliber 26B, automatic; COSC-certified chronometer; 28,800 vph; 38 jewels; 1/4th-second chronograph, calendar
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, chronograph, circular slide rule, tachymeter
Case and strap: Stainless steel, diameter = 49 mm; water-resistant to 100 meters; screw-locked crown; rotating pinion bezel with variable tachymeter (circular slide rule); curved sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides; on Barenia leather, Bentley leather, crocodile leather, or rubber strap or speed bracelet
Dial and hands: Royal ebony dial with blue, orange or white inner bezel and subdial circles; central 60-minute chronograph counter; 12-hour chronograph subdial; date window at 6 0′clock