Breitling returns to the golden age of replica watch design with the Superocean Heritage

You’ll often hear people who like replica watches talk wistfully about the golden age of watch design. Give or take a few years, that fell between 1950 and 1970. It spawned some of the most beautiful watches ever made – and led to one of the industry’s most fruitful periods at the cash register. So good were the best of that period that the Swiss are still making them today.

Of that generation, some are lionised above all others. Fake Rolex’s Submariner (1953), Omega’s Speedmaster (1957) and TAG Heuer’s Carrera (1963) spring to mind. Breitling has a couple, too. Its 1952 Navitimer was a calculator for the wrist and became a flyboy go-to. And then there was the Superocean.

Introduced in 1957, it has lived in the shadows of the Navitimer, but many watch aficionados consider the two of equal importance. For starters, the Superocean played a pivotal role in popularising a category of replica watches we now take for granted – the diver’s watch.

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Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 46mm in bronze

Nowadays, diver’s watches are fashionable accoutrements first and tools second, deployed primarily as promises of masculinity. But the Superocean and its ilk were made for purpose, and in direct response to the growing popularity of diving.

Water resistant replica watches were developed with rotating bezels with minute scales on them that, when aligned to the watch’s minute hand, became countdown devices. Breitling’s original Superocean boasted water resistance of 200 metres (Replica Rolex’s original Submariner could manage only 100 metres).

Over the past six decades, the Superocean has evolved and there have been many versions of it. In 2007, Breitling brought out the Superocean Héritage. A decade on from that, Breitling has breathed new life into it again, introducing time and date only models of 42mm and 46mm, and a 46mm chronograph piece, all with a nod to the design’s 60th anniversary.

The bezel inserts are now made of scratch and fade resistant ceramic and the movements come with power reserves of 70 hours and more, as well as chronometer certification for accuracy. As per the 1950s original, though, they’re also available on stainless steel mesh bracelets (chic, versatile, superyacht-approved), and they’re all water resistant to 200 metres.

The Superocean lives on. As it should. It’s a staunch piece of design that, like so many from the golden age that bore it, remains resilient to the whims of changing fashions.

Superocean Héritage, from £157, replicabreitlingwatches.co.uk

Replica Breitling for Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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So what do think? Does this week’s Watch to Watch make you want to take it for test drive? Let us know.

Replica Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 Watch

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Historically speaking, quartz innovations have long enjoyed a key role in Breitling’s range of modern offerings – particularly as a cornerstone of the brand’s Professional line of aviation-themed replica watches. Now joining that collection is a brand first: the Chronospace EVO B60, fitted with Breitling’s very first in-house manufactured SuperQuartz chronograph movement – a flyback characterized with a 24-hour register, a center-minute counter, and a few neat features exclusive to the Grenchen manufactory.

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Despite typically functioning as a more approachable price point for most Swiss brands, quartz movements have remained a realm of innovation for replica Breitling. Sometimes as a compelling, lower cost-of-entry alternative like the “Breitlight” Colt Skyracer, and sometimes not – like the more sophisticated Exospace B55 Connected, which marries a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement with a Bluetooth module to bring call, text, and calendar notifications to the LCD fields on the dial.

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The new replica Breitling Chronospace EVO B60 sits somewhere between the aforementioned – chiefly as an ultra-accurate quartz chronograph with a few Breitling-exclusive features designed to best serve its core user base: professional pilots, and watch enthusiasts looking for a reliable tool watch that does a little more than its quartz competition.

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On paper, the new replica Breitling B60 movement behaves similarly to the ETA-manufactured 251.292, which is essentially a flyback quartz chronograph – and we’ve seen this before, in the Breitling Chronospace EVO Night Mission introduced late last year. It’s a chronometer-certified, thermocompensated “SuperQuartz” movement, which is rated to +/- 10 seconds a year, compared to standard quartz movements which tend to drift up to 15 seconds in a month. However, while the B60 maintains that accuracy along with the flyback chronograph functionality, it also introduces a center-stop minute counter, in addition to a handy 24-hour counter at 9:00. Furthermore, the movement carries a lap function, which stops the chronograph hands to measure split times, then jumps the hands ahead to resume measuring the total elapsed flight or lap time.

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From a visual aesthetic standpoint, the new Chronospace has a fair bit in common with the Chronospace EVO Night Mission mentioned previously – both are housed in nicely finished, 43mm titanium cases, which measure just under 12mm thick each. However, on the new B60, the three contrasting registers are now clustered more closely to the center of the dial, which brings a little more balance to an otherwise busy presentation, toeing that fine line in a way that only replica Breitling can.

Replica Breitling Celebrates the UK Tour of Their DC-3 Plane

“The most amazing view is the unique perspective to see Earth as a planet; the big, round, mostly blue ball floating in space,” said Mark Kelly as he described one of the best views he had ever seen while orbiting in space. “And then you realize that you have 7.5 billion people living on this “island” in the solar system.”

Kelly, the American astronaut, retired UK Navy Captain, and naval combat pilot during the Gulf Wars, went on to describe the sensation of sitting in a space shuttle, strapped into the seat during take off, and then shot into the air.

“It feels like the hand of God reaching down and ripping you into space,” said Kelly, relaying the initial feeling after blast off. “You’re going from 0-17,500 miles per hour in 8.5 minutes.”

Kelly’s detailed story recalling his first lift off in the Space Shuttle Endeavor delighted watch enthusiasts and fake Breitling clients as they gathered for a celebratory evening at Shreve, the West Coast premier jewelry and watch boutique, to toast the world tour of cheap Breitling’s Douglas DC- 3 plane’s landing in San Francisco earlier that day.

The vintage 77 year-old twin engine, propeller driven DC-3 plane was heralded in the 1930’s as a revolutionary aircraft due to its efficient usage of fuel and long distance capabilities. It was the first of its kind to fly a maximum of 14 hours without stopping to refuel. Initially flown as a commercial airline under American Airlines, it was used to fly military missions during 1942-1944, returning to commercial aviation after the war.

Breitling’s sponsorship of the restoration of the historic DC-3 plane demonstrates the brand’s commitment to sharing its passion for aviation and its conservation. There are currently only 150 planes remaining worldwide in working condition.

“Breitling’s dedication to aviation has spanned for more than 100 years and is one of the core qualities of our identity. It was important for UK to support the restoration of the Breitling DC-3 as part of our commitment to preserving aeronautical heritage,” said Thierry Prissert, UK President of fake Breitling.

To celebrate the aviation prowess of the DC-3, swiss Breitling has set a cracking pace to break the world record as the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe within seven months. Launching on March 9th, 2017, the tour began in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude in September at the replica Breitling Sion airshow in Sion, Switzerland.

Its route will take the plane through the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia, and across the UK visiting such cities as Zagreb, Athens, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Karachi, Phuset, Shanghai, Taipei, Okinawa and then onto a multi city tour in the UK entering through Alaska, stopping at 13 major cities like Seattle, San Francisco and traveling across to NY.

The pilot, Francesco Agullo, and a small crew are at the helm of the aircraft that’s slowly making its way back to Europe.

“This aircraft played such an important role in American history and it is a privilege to share it with the American aviation fans,” says Agullo.

To commemorate the world tour, Breitling has launched a limited edition of their classic Navitimer, a favorite among pilots. The chronograph, limited to 500 pieces, features an engraved caseback with the swiss Breitling DC-3 World tour logo memorializing the record-breaking flight. The replica watch measures 46mm and is powered by the Breitling Caliber 01 and is equipped with a circular slide rule that’s specially designed for pilots to handle flight calculations: speed, distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent and conversion of miles to kilometers or nautical miles.

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Navitimer Breitling DC-3 Limited Edition

The pilots and the crew are currently wearing the replica watches and will be on sale once the tour has ended. Included with the watch is a flight logbook, signed by Captain Agullo, documenting the global journey.

“Having these replica breitling watches circle the globe on one of the most iconic planes in history allows UK to share our passion for aviation with people in the UK,” says Prissert.

Mark Kelly has worn Breitling on several of his missions and often wears his Breitling Emergency, the wristwatch that features a built-in dual frequency personal locator beacon.

Kelly, along with his fellow astronaut twin brother, Scott, serve as ambassadors of Breitling replica, joining a list of other aviation enthusiasts including John Travolta, Aude Lemordant, World Aerobatics Champion, Mika Brageot, Breitling Racing Team Pilot, and Franky Zapata, the inventor of the Flyboard Air.

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Astronaut and Breitling Ambassador, Mark Kelly

 

And as for the astronaut’s next mission, he’s launched a new venture called World View Enterprises, a company working to offer space travel to the public through high altitude balloons. The price for the ride? A mere $175. It’ll be ready within the next few years.

In the meantime, Kelly is traveling the country promoting interest in space travel and the preservation of the earth.

“We’re all not moving to Mars any time soon, so we have to make sure we take care of this planet.”

Replica Breitling Navitimer Special Limited Edition Watch

Available at Shreve.

Retail Price: $175

Breitling replica watches arrive in oldest plane to circle the globe

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I climbed aboard the oldest plane to circle the globe – the Breitling DC-3 – not certain what to expect.

It was built in the 1940s, and everything, with exception of the cockpit, was original.

Breitling, the Swiss-based luxury replica watch brand, stopped at Ellington Airport on Tuesday as part of its six-month world tour that started in March. On board were 500 of the brand’s limited-edition Navitimer watch, which sells for about $8,000. The tour includes 28 countries and 55 cities, and took six months of preparation.

Our pilot, Francisco Agullo, has been flying for swiss Breitling for 17 years and has a passion for historical planes.

“The DC-3 is the only plane that can land on a grass field, carrying 20 passengers on a short runway. No other plane can do that,” he said.

Replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane Now Available in 45-mm Case

Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane debuted last year in a massive 50-mm case made of the brand’s proprietary Breitlight metal. This year, in a bit of good news for those with smaller wrists and more modest tastes, Breitling is launching a version of the replica watch with a slightly less voluminous, but still substantial, 45-mm case, in two dial colors.

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The new 45-mm replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane retains the Breitlight case of its larger predecessor, and also incorporates the 12-hour dial design of the most recent models launched earlier this year. Breitlight is a proprietary high-tech material that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel but significantly harder than both. Breitling replica also touts the material’s exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties. Warmer to the touch than other metals, Breitlight is also notable for its mottled surface texture.

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The watch’s case is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and has a unidirectional rotating bezel with rider tabs. The screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces have a grooved checkerboard pattern for a non-slip grip, a feature aimed at pilots wearing gloves. The extra-thick sapphire crystal has been glareproofed on both sides and the hands and numerals — the latter in a military-style stencil font are luminous.

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Driving the watch’s timekeeping, date display, and 1/4-second chronograph functions is Breitling’s tried-and-true Caliber B01, with automatic winding, a 28,800-vph frequency, a 70-hour power reserve, and like all replica Breitling in-house movements, a COSC chronometer certification. The dial available in “Volcano black” or “Cobra yellow” features a date window at 4:30; chronograph subdials for 30 minutes and 12 hours at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively; and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The strap has a rubber inner lining and an exterior made of anthracite high-resistance military textile fiber. The new replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane models are at retailers now, priced at $8,390.

Breitling reserves 20 special-edition replica watches for the Middle East

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The Middle East Chronoliner B04 watches are engraved with the words “special delivery”.

Luxury Swiss replica watch brand Breitling has created only 100 pieces of its latest timepiece, the Chronoliner B04, and of those, 20 have been reserved for the Middle East market.

If you’re on the lookout for a truly special watch to give a loved one for Eid, this just may be it. Designed in a rich, navy blue hue, the watch features a dual timezone system, sleek, steel case and sporty rubber Aero Classic strap that’s embossed to mimic the pattern of Breitling’s steel mesh bracelets from the 1950s. The fake watch is ultra-durable, being water-resistant up to 100 metres, and featuring a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. The Middle East replica watches feature engravings on the casebacks, reading “special delivery” – a sign of exclusivity that’s sure to strike a chord with consumers here.

“The Chronoliner offers a blend of luxury and performance in an all-blue livery limited series that will appeal to our Middle East aviation aficionados. With its automatic chronograph, its second timezone display in 24-hour mode and its high-tech ceramic rotating bezel serving to read off a third-time zone, the Chronoliner has asserted itself as the authentic flight captain’s watch,” says Aed Adwan, a manager with replica Breitling Middle East. “In addition to being the perfect companion for our aviation professionals, the model is also well suited to our jet-setting Middle East customers who frequently travel for both business and pleasure.”

The 20 replica watches are available at Breitling boutiques across the UAE.

Replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Watches

Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand.

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Split-second chronographs are coveted not so much for their functionality (although I do admit they are fun to play with) but rather because they are tricky to assemble. It was actually not until Richard Habring developed a special “low-cost” split-second chronograph module for the 7750 for IWC (where he worked at the time) that I believe the rattrapante mechanism was available for the (comparable) masses. Breitling’s B03 more than likely takes a different approach to assembling a split-second chronograph system, but is certainly more accessible in price than, say… one from Patek Philippe.

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Breitling further explains that the rattrapante mechanism module is produced using an efficient 28 parts and is designed to be totally removed – and if needed, replaced – to facilitate easy servicing. Further, Breiting claims that while the B03’s split-second chronograph has been specially designed to use parts which are simpler to produce than more historic rattrapante models, this also provides the mechanism with more precise and reliable use. I say this because many split-second chronographs, given the delicate nature of their construction, are not celebrated for their precision or reliability. Note the fun design element where the replica Breitling anchor B logo is split, so that half of it is on the main chronograph seconds hand, and the other is on the rattrapante hand.

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Rattrapante chronographs are a bit difficult to explain without demonstrating them. The idea is that a main chronograph is supplemented with an additional chronograph seconds hand (which hides under the main chronograph seconds hand when not in use). A pusher in the crown (in this case) is used to activate this additional chronograph seconds hand, which can be used to independently measure a one-minute interval while the main 12-hour chronograph is in operation. Prior to digital devices these were clearly a bit more useful, but in today’s “technique-eager” luxury replica watch world, lots of people swoon over mechanical technology such as this.

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The Breitling Caliber B03 automatic chronograph movement is COSC Chronometer-certified and operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. The movement features the time, date, and 12-hour chronograph with split-second “rattrapante” functionality. Otherwise, this is very much your traditional Navitimer dial, only in brown. The design comes complete with a slew of markers and indicators, including the famed rotating slide-rule bezel for making various mathematical calculations only people in extreme emergencies (or with extreme analog calculator fetishes) will rely upon.

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To launch the caliber B03, Breitling chose the 45mm-wide Navitimer replica watch with the brown dial in two case materials: steel, and 18ct red gold as a limited edition. The brown dials (Breitling actually calls them “Panamanian Bronze”) are matched to padded brown crocodile straps. Though Breitling replica will also offer the Navitimer Rattrapante on a leather or rubber strap.

To be honest, I’m not always sure who the target demographic is for split-second chronographs. It is a special sort of watch collector who values both sport replica watches and high-complications – but in the same timepiece. Breitling does well to reassert their design and production strengths with this new version of the B01 series movement as the B03. The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante will be initially available in steel as well as in a limited edition of 250 pieces in 18ct red gold.

Replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Watches With Tudor-Developed Movement

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The Breitling Superocean Heritage is a classic diver’s watch that’s now celebrating its 70th anniversary with a slight design refresh and a brand-new movement developed with Tudor watches. The new Breitling caliber B20 is derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in their Black Bay replica watches, among others. In fact, Tudor’s new Black Bay chronograph borrows from the Breitling B01 caliber as part of what I call their “movement exchange program” this year. Like the previous version, the replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection will include a 42mm and 46mm three-hand automatic with date as well as a 46mm automatic chronograph.

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Initially released in 1957, the Breitling Superocean is still going strong in many sizes, colors, and configurations. In addition to their modern, sportier Superocean collection, Breitling smartly released the vintage-inspired Superocean Heritage collection a few years back.

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Outgoing Superocean Heritage

Aesthetic changes are pretty discreet, with a new ceramic ring around the minute track replacing the old steel one, allowing for the color to match the dial in a seamless look. It’s actually pretty noticeable when compared with an older model, as you can see above. It’s minor but a refinement that definitely brings a higher-end look. Also, for those who look closely, the minute hand is now slightly more sword-shaped, and the hour hand now has a steel partition in the lume in the arrow’s head.

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Of course, the major new change for the three-handers is the new B20 movement, a self-winding, 28-jewel caliber which vibrates at 28,800bph. It is Breitling’s take on the Tudor MT5612 movement which provides a solid 70-hour power reserve. It’s clear that both brands are benefitting from each other’s “specialties,” with the Tudor three-hand movement applied here, which would likely drive the cost up considerably if Breitling were to develop it themselves, and Tudor adaping the Breitling B01 movement (not the one used in the replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II chronograph, mind you).

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The 46mm replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph also sports some subtle upgrades and alterations. Like its three-hand siblings, the chronograph now has a ceramic bezel and the same slight changes to the handset. The replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph features the trusty old caliber B13, which is based off the Valjoux 7750. The automatic movement operates at 28,800vph and has a power reserve of around 42 hours.

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The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection is a subtle upgrade in terms of aesthetics with the three-handers reflecting the increased value and interest among buyers in the origin of a watch’s movement. The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II will come in a variety of dial colors (in this case, Volcano Black, Gun Blue, and Stratus Silver) and with a huge variety of straps like leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic. The chronograph will be available with either a Volcano Black, Mariner Blue, or Copperhead Bronze dial, and customers will be able to choose between leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic straps.

Replica Breitling and Bentley release new limited-edition Middle East chronograph

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When it comes to partnerships, the blissful marriage of Breitling and Bentley is one that we’ve always been firmly behind. Naturally, news that the latest collaboration from the two luxury brands in conjunction with the release of the Bentley Continental Super-Sports is music to our ears.

With the Bentley Super Sports B55, the Swiss replica watchmaker has released a new limited-edition chronograph – with an even more limited 40 pieces specifically for the Middle East – that for the first time will combine a chronograph with an electronic movement.

The 14th timpiece the brands have collaborated on, this sporty timepiece is crammed full of enough timekeeping equipment to fool you into believing that you are actually a racing driver.

With its combination of analogue and digital displays mean that the watch may not look like your typical Breitling replica, but it does have the same style references to keep you interested.

Clearly taking its design reference points from Bentley’s motorsports history, the Super Sports B55 comes with a titanium case and carbon dial with a digital clock smack bang in the middle of it face.

Yes, the launch of the replica watch may have coincided to celebrate the release of the new Super Sport, but it has been created to works alongside Bentley’s cars through a corresponding smartphone app, developed specifically for fake Breitling.

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The timepiece’s chronograph records up to 1/100th of a second, and with its smartphone connection, can store timings and run three different functions, all suited to the automobile world for when you want to see how good the Bentley Super Sports actually is.

First under the bracket of racing features is the ‘Chrono Rally’, which can record up to 30 stages of a race, including the departure date of the rally, start time and any penalties incurred. Next, the ‘Chrono Race’ function is used for track races, it can record split times for each lap and calculate the average speed per lap. Thirdly, the ‘Regularity rally’ function allows watch users to predefine target times and check if those targets have been met.

More information on the Bentley Supersports B55 is avaliable here.