Peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, pastrami and rye; some partnerships are simply meant to be. Such was the case when Breitling received a commission from Bentley Motors to create an onboard clock for their Continental GT in 2002. Fast forward 18 years, this partnership is once again on display with the new Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition.
Of cars and chronometers
Breitling’s new Premier chronograph focuses on its relationship with the Bentley Mulliner workshop. This release celebrates Bentley’s Continental GT Convertible Mulliner Edition, in particular. The steel case measures a generous 42 millimetres and houses a vertically brushed silver dial adorned with red and blue accents. The contrasting dial features two chapter rings. The blue outer ring functions as a tachymeter while the red inner ring measures minutes.
The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition presents a vintage appeal with its two-register layout. The seconds and 30-minute counters are located at nine and three o’clock respectively and allow pinpoint precision when timing events. The raised Arabic numerals on the dial also complement the Continental GT’s Breitling dashboard clock. There is a 3, 6, 9, 12 for the dashboard clock and 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 for the watch. The centre chronograph seconds hand, coloured red, creates an apt sense of harmony with the inner chapter ring. It also offers plenty of contrast against the silver dial for ease of legibility.
Honouring a classic partnership
Powering Breitling’s new chronograph is the COSC-certified B01 Calibre, Breitling’s first in-house movement. Unveiled in 2009, the B01 features a patented auto-centring system for the chronograph’s reset function. True to its pedigree, the movement also uses a column wheel and vertical coupling system. The 39-jewel calibre also comes with a hefty 70-hour power reserve – impressive for a single barrel movement. While usually offered with a date wheel, the movement in the Premier B01 Chronograph Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition eschews that for a clean time-only readout with nothing to distract from the aesthetics. Pedal pushers for the chronograph complete the motorcar appeal of the timepiece. An additional “Bentley” inscription engraved on the left side of the case reaffirms the connection between the two brands.
Presented on a blue alligator leather strap, no more than 1,000 pieces of the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition will be produced. Each watch carries an engraved inscription on the caseback to indicate its limited availability. With its clean yet sporty visuals, the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition exudes urban elegance befitting of refined gentry who aren’t afraid of living life on the fast lane.