With Swiss excellence and British chic, Breitling for Bentley timepieces deliver a perfect combination of the very best of both worlds, including audacity and class, accomplishment and luxury, and performance and superior style. So, you may ask, where did it all start?
Back in 1884, Leon Breitling invented the modern chronograph. He was fully devoted to this very demanding and very exclusive field. He designed his precision instruments for science, sports, and industry, as well as the start of the field of aviation. And then, in 1915, Breitling helped to bring about the wrist chronograph emergence when he invented the initial independent chronograph push piece. In 1923, the watch was perfected and they separated the resetting function from that for stopping and starting.
They patented this innovation and made adding a number of successive times without having to return the hands to zero the basis for modern chronograph watches. This proved very useful for users to time sports competitions, as well as to calculate flight times.
The Breitling of Today
Breitling has become a supreme specialist in the making of technical watches and has played a major role in developing the wrist chronograph, becoming a leader in their field. The company has been a part of all the greatest moments in conquering the skies ever since its early days. This is thanks in no small part to their manufacturing of reliable, sturdy, and high-performance instruments. Breitling is also one of the only major watch brands in the world to have equipped all of its watches with chronometer-certified movements.
These movements provide the ultimate in precision. Breitling is also among those singular companies that produce mechanical chronograph movements that are developed and manufactured entirely in its own workshops. And, today as when Breitling was started, it is still a family business, as well as being among the last independent Swiss watch brands that are still remaining.
The Breitling Bentley Flying B
So, fast forward to 2016 and the amazing Breitling Bentley Flying B. The Flying B Chronograph is dedicated to the winged “B”. It has a bevelled crystal, three square counters, a cambered rectangular case, and the effortlessly integrated lever push-pieces. With a blend of originality and boldness that is extremely creative, this chronograph is one of the most desirable timepieces available today.
The Utmost in Refinement and Luxury
The finely crafted dials represent the Breitling for Bentley spirit of utmost refinement and luxury. The watch features a guilloché centre that echoes iconic British radiator grilles. The large Roman numeral XII, as well as the radiating hour markers feature adornments of mother-of-pearl inlays and unparalleled workmanship.
Bentley Flying B Chronograph Specs:
- Officially chronometer-certified by the COSC
- Breitling Calibre 44B with 60-second, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers
- 38 jewels
- High-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour)
- Large aperture calendar
Dial~ The steel version has a royal ebony dial.
- The Midnight Carbon black steel version has a royal black ebony dial.
- Dimensions are 38.5 x 58.2 mm.
- Available in steel and Midnight Carbon black steel (limited 100-piece series)
- Curved sapphire crystal, which is glare-proofed on both sides
- Water-resistance to 100 m
- Screw-locked crown
- Available in crocodile leather, a variety of leather colors or in a rubber version
- The black steel version has a rubber strap
Jump Hour Models
The Breitling Bentley Flying B is available in a number of "Jump Hour" versions ranging from stainless steel for around $5,000 to gold with diamonds and an alligator or gold strap for approximately $268,000. All jump hour models are highly sought after and following are the specs for the stainless steel model:
- Stainless Steel
- Movement: Automatic
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Case diameter: 40 mm
- Waterproof to 10 ATM
- Bezel: Steel
- Dial: White
- Numerals: None
- Bracelet: Steel
Also Available in Gold
Also available in gold for $90,000, the Breitling 18k Gold Diamond Bentley Flying B Chronograph Ltd. Edition Watch has an 18K yellow gold bracelet and 44mm case, including the crown, as well as a mother-of-pearl dial. This beauty has an automatic movement and is water resistant up To 100M. It is made even more beautiful by 196 round brilliant diamonds on the case and 321 round brilliant diamonds on the bracelet, for a total of 517 diamonds overall and an 11.89 total carat weight with a VVS clarity.
$208,000 White Gold Luxury Version
And, for a supreme luxury watch in the $200k range, there’s the Breitling Bentley Flying B Diamond Dial Limited Edition watch. This amazing watch was limited to just 50 pieces and has a white gold and diamond case with a diamond encrusted bracelet. It offers a caliber 28B automatic movement, a 57.3 x 38.5 mm diameter white gold case, clasp, and bracelet, as well as a 42-hour power reserve. This watch is part of the extremely popular Breitling for Bentley collection. Boasting an18K white gold case with a diamond pave dial and white diamonds encircling the case, this luxury watch features accents made of mother of pearl. The dial displays a date window and three subdials. The famous flying 'B' is engraved on the back of the case. Mechanical functions include a 42-hour power reserve, chronograph and date functions, and a 28B caliber automatic movement.
Basically, the Breitling Bentley Flying B watches come in more versions that you could even count, each one more amazing than the other it would seem. From carbon black steel to gold encrusted with a massive amount of diamonds, they're all beautiful in their own way. So, choosing the perfect one for yourself or as a gift is just a matter of whether you want sporty or formal, bracelet or leather band, and $5k or upwards of $200k in price. Choosing could be quite difficult especially for serious watch collectors. Either way, these watches are some of the best of the best and all carry the famous "Flying B" to let everyone know that you're a true watch connoisseur.
Written by Garrett Parker
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