Bentley X Breitling

Bentley and Breitling celebrate 17-year partnership with stunning new timepiece

Celebrating the longest timepiece partnership in the automotive industry, Breitling and Bentley’s in-house coachbuilding team have collaborated on the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition.

Limited to just 1,000 pieces, the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner timepiece shares its design values and sumptuous detailing with Bentley’s Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. 

Breitling Bentley Mulliner Watch (3)

Bentley’s partnership with Breitling can be traced back to 2002, when the carmaker was designing the Continental GT. Bentley commissioned Breitling to create an onboard clock that would reflect the unparalleled luxury and extraordinary performance of the new grand tourer, which debuted the following year. 

Since 2002 Bentley and Breitling have retained a close link: watch maker and car manufacturer expressing luxury and design excellence, and an impeccable level of detail in everything each company produces for its respective audience. 

This year, to celebrate this partnershipBreitling has revealed a special limited-edition watch, the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition. Thnew timepiece shares the inspiring values of Bentley’s design DNA as showcased in the pinnacle of luxury grand touring, the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. 

In addition to commemorating 17 years of collaboration, the new timepiece focuses attention on Bentley’s Mulliner bespoke department which, since 1959, has crafted the luxury car maker’s most unique tailor-made models. 

Exhibiting close links to the interior of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, the new chronograph also draws parallels with the Breitling clock in the luxury automobile’s dashboard. 

Featuring a 42mm stainless steel case presented on a blue alligator leather strap (and echoing the Imperial Blue leather interior of the car), the Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. 

The watch boasts blue sub-dials – a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock – an indication of the Breitling Manufacturer Caliber 01, with an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours. 

The dial features a white tachymeter scale on a blue inner bezel around the dial, with a red tachymeter inscription. The red second hand and centered 60-minute scale mirror the red stitching found throughout the interior cabin of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. The links between the watch and the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible clock are further strengthened by their complementary sets of Arabic numerals. Sharing these numerals across these two pieces is a nod to the design DNA they share. 

On the left side of the case is a plate with an engraved “Bentley” inscription, whose design is based on the engine spin dashboard found in historic Bentleys. 

“The long-standing relationship between Bentley and Breitling is a reflection of the values we both share and our dedication to world-leading performance, luxury, innovation and refinement,” says Adrian Hallmark, Bentley Chairman and CEO. 

Breitling Bentley Mulliner Watch Hero

While Breitling’s partnership with Bentley Motors can be traced back to 2002, there are historic links between the companies that go back even further.  

Willy Breitling, the visionary watchmaker and grandson of founder Léon Breitling, was a committed Bentley owner who, from the late 1940s, was a familiar sight on Swiss roads at the wheel of one of his beloved Bentleys. Willy, a man with flawless design instincts and a stylish personal flair, could not have imagined driving another automobile. 

Georges Kern, Breitling’s CEO, says that the new chronograph underscores one of his brand’s most important partnerships. 

“The Breitling Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition, with its clear links between Bentley’s and our DNA, is a logical next step in our shared story and it is also a testimony to Bentley Mulliner, whose name is synonymous with heritage, craftsmanship and outstanding performance.” 

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