Breitling has had a busy 2015, introducing — among other products — an all-new aviation-inspired collection (the Chronoliner); the vintage-styled Transocean Chronograph 1915; and the Galactic Unitime model with an all-new in-house movement. As it does most years, the brand also added to its automotive-influenced Breitling for Bentley collection. This week’s Watch to Watch, the new Breitling for Bentley B06 S, is a more compact version of its predecessor, equipped with Breitling’s “30-second chronograph” system.
The original Breitling for Bentley B06 had a massive 49-mm case; the new “S” version (presumably “S” stands for “small” or “smaller”) has been stripped down to a more modest 44 mm in diameter — still on the large side but possibly a more elegant fit for many wrists. All the collection’s Bentley design cues are present: a knurled pattern, echoing the look of Bentley cars’ radiator grills, is engraved into the bezel and also stamped as a background motif on the dials (available in “Royal Ebony” black or “Silver Storm”). The watch also features Breitling’s “variable tachymeter” scale (similar to the “circular slide rule” on its pilots’ watches), operated by the rotating bezel, which serves to calculate average speeds whatever the time elapsed, the distance covered or the speed reached.
Like the Bentley automobiles that it emulates, the appeal of the B06 S lies not just in its chassis but in its engine. The watch’s automatic movement, Breitling Calibre B06, is developed and produced entirely in the Breitling Chronométrie workshops in Switzerland, and has been officially chronometer-certified by Swiss testing agency COSC. It is outfitted with a “30-second chronograph” system that Breitling patented in 1926, in which a central hand sweeps around the dial in half a minute, ensuring extremely precise 1/8-second readings of elapsed times. The movement holds up to 70 hours of power reserve. The Breitling for Bentley B06 S is available in steel (pictured) or rose gold and comes with a choice of steel bracelet or straps in rubber (with a central raised pattern matching the bezel’s knurled motif), Barenia or alligator leather. Prices range from $11,015 to $12,370. More specs are below the photos.
Movement: Manufacture Breitling Caliber B06, officially chronometer-certified by COSC, self-winding, high-frequency (28,800 vph), 47 jewels, 70+-hour power reserve. Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; 1/8th-second chronograph with 30-second, 15-minute and 6-hour totalizers; calendar. Case: steel or 18K rose gold, water-resistant to 100 meters, rotating pinion bezel with variable tachymeter (circular slide rule), curved sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides, diameter: 44 mm. Dials: Royal Ebony or Silver Storm. Straps/Bracelets: Barenia leather, crocodile leather, rubber/Speed.