After nearly two decades of partnership, watchmaker Breitling and luxury automotive manufacturer Bentley Motors are celebrating the launch of the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition, produced in an exclusive series of just 25 pieces.
“We’re proud of this elegant symbol of our brands’ shared values: quality, performance, and design excellence,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. Back in 2002, Bentley Motors commissioned Breitling to create an on-board clock for its legendary Continental GT. Created in the spirit of stylistic perfection and peerless quality, our exclusive new chronograph also pays homage to Willy Breitling, a passionate Bentley driver whose watches changed the face of timekeeping.
Willy Breitling, the grandson of our founder, Léon Breitling, patented the chronograph with two independent pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock in 1934. Besides being tech savvy and bold, Willy Breitling understood the desire for elegance and glamour. This led him to design the original Premier wristwatches in the 1940s, Breitling’s first link from purpose to style. As Willy saw it, “When a man puts on his watch, it is the unmistakable stamp of impeccable taste.”
ELEGANT DETAILS AND MODERN-RETRO TOUCHES
Today’s reinterpretation of the Premier lives up to its ancestor’s reputation. Limited to just 25 pieces, the Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition features a 42 mm case in 18 k red gold, rectangular chronograph pushers, a gold-brown alligator strap, and a transparent sapphire caseback revealing the magnificent movement with its 22-karat gold oscillating weight. The highlight is the special chronograph tourbillon caliber and cage seen through the distinctive green dial, reminiscent of the British racing green color associated with other models in the Breitling and Bentley collaboration.
“This striking watch embodies our joint commitment to pioneering spirit, expert craftsmanship, and technological excellence,” notes Bentley Motors CEO Adrian Hallmark. Powered by the Manufacture Caliber B21, this COSC-certified tourbillon movement has a power reserve of approximately 55 hours and is water-resistant up to 100 meters.
Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in the development of the wrist chronograph, and its uncompromising commitment to design excellence. With the brand’s storied association with aviation, Breitling has shared the finest moments in humankind’s conquest of the skies. Renowned for its spirit of innovation, it has also earned a place of privilege in the worlds of science, sport, and technology. Breitling manufactures its own movements in-house and the quality of every one is – like the movements in all Breitling watches – confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer, made in Switzerland.
Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxur y car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations, including design, R&D, engineering, and production of the company’s four model lines – Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga, and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, with engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4000 people in Crewe.
FACTS ABOUT THE WATCH
PREMIER B21 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON 42 BENTLEY LIMITED EDITION
- Manufacture Caliber B25
- 30 millimeters
- 8.50 millimeters
- self-winding mechanical, unidirectional with ball bearing
- approximately 70 hours
- 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
- column-wheel, vertical clutch, 1/4th second, 30-minute counter
- hour, minute, second, day, date, month, moonphase
- 18 k red gold
- 42 millimeters
- 15.25 millimeters
- up to 10 bar (100 meters)
- cambered sapphire, glareproofed on both sides
- screwed 18 k red gold, sapphire crystal
- non screw–locked, two gaskets
Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour and minute hands
- Dark-brown alligator leather strap with folding clasp