The last Breitling and Bentley watch leaves the factory
After just under two decades, Breitling and Bentley represent the world’s longest-standing luxury automotive and watch partnership..
Swiss watch brand Breitling and British luxury car manufacturer Bentley have worked together for 19 years, the longest partnership ever established between a watch brand and a luxury car manufacturer. The partnership started in 2002 when Bentley and Breitling came together to design the on-board clock for the first Bentley Continental GT, which debuted in 2003.
Following this, the partnership created some of the most notable watches of Breitling the story. The last Bentley Breitling Tourbillon now leaves the factory – destined to be an iconic collector’s item for generations to come – and representing the final collaboration between the two brands.
Over the past two decades, Bentley and Breitling have collaboratively achieved extraordinary levels of luxury for their customers. They recently announced that they will be breaking up at the end of 2021, remaining good friends, having shared many experiences and achievements together.
Some of the most memorable collaborations between the two brands include the Breitling Bentley Supersports Light Body watch, the Breitling Bentley GT3 Limited Edition, the Bentayga Tourbillon Dashboard Clock, the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series, the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green and the Prime Minister Bentley Limited edition of the centenary.
In April 2021, the new Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition launched, joining a series of other collaborations between the two brands. The last piece of this most recent timepiece is now complete and will soon be appreciated by its new owner.
Adrien Poinçon, Bentley EnginesThe Chief Executive Officer said: “The long-standing collaboration between Bentley and Breitling has demonstrated that when two like-minded brands work together in an authentic way, the performance of both is enhanced. We look back on the past two decades with great affection and send our best wishes to the Breitling team for the future. ”
Georges kern, the CEO of Breitling, said: “We are proud of what we have accomplished together and after 19 years Breitling and Bentley are embarking on their own new journeys. I know Bentley will continue to define excellence in the automotive industry. The last Bentley Tourbillon to leave our factory is a moment of positive reflection for all of us.
It’s time to look back on some of the highlights of the past two decades. The partnership dates back to 2002, when Bentley was designing the car that would become the Continental GT. Bentley commissioned Breitling to create an on-board clock that would reflect the unprecedented luxury, quality and performance of the new Grand Touring, which debuted in 2003.
Breitling official team sponsorship Bentley at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a highlight for both brands. Bentley returned to Le Mans in 2003, where the famous “Bentley boys”Had won their greatest victories at the end of the 1920s, Breitling was the proud main sponsor of Team Bentley and celebrated it with the Bentley Limited edition Le Mans chronograph.
Bentley high-speed performance was not limited to the race track. In 2011, a special version of the Bentley Continental GTC Supersports sets new world record on ice as a driver Juha kankkunen, wearing a limited edition Breitling Bentley The Supersports Light Body watch reached a speed of 205 mph (331 km / h), shattering the previous record set by Bentley four years earlier. The training took place on the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea.
In 2014, Bentley successfully returned to motor racing in the GT3 class with its high-performance speed machine, the Continental GT3, which won numerous podiums. Breitling limited edition Bentley The GT3 watch launched a year later featured a sporty black titanium case and a carbon fiber dial inspired by racing cars.
In the same year, Breitling also created a dashboard clock featuring a Tourbillon complication for the ultimate luxury SUV, the Bentley bentayga. It is in fact the most precious object that Bentley has never installed in a car, other than the cars themselves! It is products like these that exemplify the power of the two brands’ joint performance.
In 2015, Breitling and Bentley unveiled the Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series at Seattle Boeing Seafair Airshow. In tribute to the engineers, flight controllers and pilots of the team – a limited edition of just seven totally unique Bentley Continental GT Speeds was commissioned by Breitling. All seven magnificent cars featured two-tone Onyx and Hallmark exteriors to reflect the striking livery of the Breitling jets.
In 2018, Breitling launched the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green. Powered by Breitling Manufacture’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01 mechanical movement, visible through a unique transparent case-back with a metallic case-back Bentley logo. These timepieces also have a plaque engraved with a “Bentley»Lettering inspired by the dashboard of the historic 1929 supercharged” Blower ” Bentley.
A year later, on the occasion of Bentley centenary and to celebrate 100 years of luxury automotive excellence of its partner, Breitling launched the Premier Bentley Limited edition of the centenary. Produced in 18k red gold and stainless steel versions, they featured unique brown elm burl dials, a nod to the wood inserts of their Continental GT Edition Number 9 taken from the seat of Sir Tim Birkin’s legendary Bentley Snowblower from 1930.
Like the journey shared by Breitling and Bentley Coming to an end after nearly two decades, it is fitting that the final chapter be defined by the pinnacle of luxury watchmaking, the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited edition, produced in an exclusive series of 25 pieces. The final piece in the series is now on its way to its owner.
It marks the end of a partnership that has always been characterized by the shared commitment of two great brands to the pioneering spirit, craftsmanship, exquisite design and technological excellence.