Breitling introduced its proprietary case material, Breitlight, on the Avenger Hurricane watch in 2016, and has used the high-tech alloy in several other models since. Now the brand brings Breitlight to its automotive-influenced replica Breitling for Bentley family – on a fake watch that pays tribute to the British marque’s new Continental GT automobile: the Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition.
The watch, which is limited to 500 pieces, made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside the vehicle that inspired it, Bentley’s third-generation Continental Grand Touring model, with a new six-liter W12 TSI engine, state-of-the-art onboard equipment, and a refined, hand-crafted interior. Like all Breitling replica for Bentley replica watches — the fruits of a decade-plus partnership between the Swiss replica watches brand and the luxury carmaker — it bears design influences drawn from Bentley cars.
The 48-mm-diameter case is constructed of Breitlight — a high-tech material that Breitling says is four times lighter than titanium but significantly harder. Among its other listed attributes are exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties, in addition to being warmer to the touch than other metals and, aesthetically, having a black-streaked surface texture, which here takes on an intriguing bluish shimmer reminiscent of the car’s “dark sapphire” livery.
Continuing the specific Bentley-influenced design touches, the dial features a diamond motif that echoes the look of the Continental GT’s dashboard controls and interior. The subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, and the sweeping central hand identify this replica watch as one of Breitling’s “30-second” chronograph models, which use a system inspired by a 1926 swiss Breitling patent — in which the central hand makes a complete sweep around the dial in only half a minute, thus ensuring elapsed time readings to 1/8 second. Fifteen elapsed chronograph minutes are tallied on the subdial at 3 o’clock and six elapsed hours on the register at 6 o’clock, while running seconds are displayed at 9 o’clock. The words “30-second chronograph” in distinctive blue tone on the predominantly black dial, also speaks to this world-exclusive system.
The COSC-certified movement inside the Dark Sapphire chassis, Breitling’s self-winding Caliber B06, powers the timekeeping functions, the 30-second stopwatch, and a simple calendar, with date displayed in a window at 4:30, and also offers a power reserve of 70 hours when fully wound.
The Breitling for Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition is secured to the wrist by a black rubber strap specially created for this model, with a stitched-in-blue blue diamond motif matching that of the dial and a push-piece-operated folding clasp.
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