Breitling and Britain’s Bentley Motors enjoy the longest-ever partnership between a watch brand and an automobile manufacturer. In fact, it dates back to 2003, when Bentley, the world’s most admired luxury car brand, launched the very first Continental GT. Every detail in this unrivaled grand tourer reflected Bentley’s ongoing commitment to quality, luxury, and performance, and, fittingly, the company chose Breitling to design the onboard clock. It was the beginning of an important partnership for both brands, and now Breitling has announced the release of the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition, which celebrates 100 years of luxury motoring excellence.
Breitling’s partnership with Bentley Motors can be traced back to 2002, when the iconic automobile brand was designing its legendary Continental GT. Bentley commissioned Breitling to create an onboard clock that would reflect the unparalleled luxury, peerless quality, and extraordinary performance of the new grand tourer, which was debuted in 2003.
At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Breitling introduced the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition wristwatch on March 5, 2019, to commemorate the partnership and celebrate Bentley’s 100 years of luxury motoring excellence.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern says the new watch reflects the values his brand shares with the legendary British automaker: “We’re proud of our partnership with Bentley. Both companies are known for quality, performance, and design excellence, and both are built on powerful legacies. The Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is a celebration of Bentley’s history, its luxury, and its incredible racing pedigree, as well as its important, intimate connection to Breitling.”
In 2018, Breitling introduced the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green, a striking wristwatch with a distinctive British racing green dial.
The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition
The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is an exceptional member of the Swiss watch brand’s elegant Premier collection. Produced in 18 k red gold and stainless-steel versions, some outstanding design features distinguish these limited-edition timepieces from all others.
The elegant, unique brown elm burl dial with black subdials (a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second subdial at 9 o’clock) is particularly eye-catching. These contrasting subdials indicate that the watches are powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01. The in-house mechanical movement delivers an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
The movement is visible through a unique transparent caseback featuring a Bentley logo. The 18 k red gold version is engraved with a “ONE OF 200” inscription, while the stainless-steel version is inscribed “ONE OF 1000”, confirmation of the edition sizes for the watches.
The dial features a white tachymeter scale on a black inner bezel around the dial, with a red tachymeter inscription.
The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition in 18 k red gold is presented on a brown leather strap whose pattern and stitching were inspired by the seats in a Bentley. The stainless-steel version will be available on the brown Bentley-inspired leather strap as well or on a stainless-steel bracelet.
On the left-hand side of the 42-millimeter stainless-steel case is a plate with an engraved “Bentley” inscription, whose design is based on the dashboard of the historic supercharged 1929 “Blower” Bentley.
The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is a COSC-certified chronometer, an independent confirmation of its precision.
The Breitling Premier: Elegant Watches for Men and Women of Style, Purpose, and Action
In the 1940s, Breitling introduced its first collection of truly elegant watches, which were defined by their fashionable flair. The new Breitling Premier collection combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design that are worthy of the watch brand’s proud legacy.
Celebrating a Motoring Legacy
At the Geneva International Motor Show, Bentley celebrated its 100th anniversary with the introduction of the Centenary Limited Edition – Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner. On the same day, Breitling launched the Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, commented: “The long-standing collaboration between Bentley and Breitling is a sterling example of how brands with shared values work together in an authentic way – the performance of both is enhanced. While we are certainly celebrating our past in our centenary year, our focus is on a future characterized by our passion for innovation. It is exciting to introduce our Centenary Limited Edition – Continental GT Number 9 Edition at the same time and in the same place that Breitling is launching its Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition watch. These two releases define both companies’ unwavering commitment to technological excellence, expert craftsmanship, and a pioneering spirit.”
While Bentley is known for its luxurious road cars, the brand also has an impressive history on the track. Between 1924 and 1930, the famous Bentley Boys and Girls won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race five times. That success, however, is not only a part of the brand’s distant past. In 2003, Bentley returned to Le Mans and took the first and second place finishes. At that edition of the world’s most famous endurance race, Breitling was Team Bentley’s proud main sponsor.
Sir Tim Birkin was one of the legendary Bentley Boys, and it was in the No. 9 – his own car – that he raced and broke records in. It was his vision that brought a supercharger to a Bentley. While the official name of the car was “4½ Litre Supercharged,” they soon became widely known and admired as the “Blower” Bentleys.
Perhaps the greatest of all the Blower’s races was the 1930 Le Mans, where Sir Tim drove the second of the five Birkin team cars, registration UU 5872 and carrying race number 9.
In celebration of the car and its driver, the Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner features a wood insert from the seat of his iconic 1930 No. 9 Le Mans race car. Set in resin and situated in the middle of the center dial of the rotating display, it adds a tantalizing piece of history to each Limited Edition.
When Sir Tim Birkin’s car was being restored, it was necessary to replace the wood insert, making the original wood available for a place of honor in the new automobiles.
Breitling’s Connection to a Rich Racing Tradition
The wooden dials that contribute to the allure of the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition watches are an important link to the wood inserts in the new Continental GT Number 9 Edition and, by extension, to the days in which the original Bentley Boys and Girls attracted so much attention with their successes on the track and their headline-making antics when they were not racing. The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition watches are a stunning celebration of two great luxury brands that are appreciated around the globe for their design, their performance, and their history.
Infinitely Blue: A Much- Anticipated Collaboration Between Two Creative Firebrands
Behind this gentle blend of cool blues burns an ardent artistic collaboration between Garage Italia and Hublot. This marks the start of a brand new collaboration with no shortage of projects for the future, and the first of a three-part concept entitled “Sky, Earth, Sea”. Enthusiasts will recognise the idiosyncratic style of Lapo Elkann and the innovative approach of the Haute Horlogerie brand, fused within a diameter of 45 mm. This collector’s timepiece will be available from May 2019 in a limited edition of just 100 pieces.
What challenge could be more inspiring for these pioneers of style and performance than conceptualising the immensity of the sky, the earth and the sea? Hublot and the Italian design team have completely revamped the chronograph movement, adorning it with the signature symbols of the Milanese brand. Encircled by the first ever bezel in sky blue ceramic, the dial wraps the Italian logo in undulating shades of azure that recall the deep waters of far-flung archipelagos. The ceramic case, decked out entirely in Garage Italia blue, complements the full rubber strap finely patterned with imaginary ocean waves.
Who better to evoke the theme of the elements than Lapo Elkann, his team and their ideas lab, a custom shop where style meets the transcendence of movement in the ceaseless pursuit of perfection. Exploration, innovation and technological feats galvanise and attune the innate passion of these two partners driven by the challenges they constantly address, and in which they love to lose themselves.
Hublot X Wild Customs X Laurent Picciotto Power Trio
Wild Customs. Hublot. Rock, guitars and watches – fused together by Laurent Picciotto. Their joint creation: the Classic Fusion Wild Customs. A watch that uses iconography to tell the story of rock’n’roll, and symbolises the revolution the independent guitar maker is about to unleash on the music world with the Gyrock – an innovative mechanism designed by Laurent Picciotto. In aged titanium or bronze, the Classic Fusion Wild Customs is the very embodiment of chutzpah and innovation. A love affair between watchmaking and music.
Everybody knows Laurent and his passion for exquisite machines – watches,
electric guitars, motorbikes… Ardent, original, innovative and surprising, he
is a key player in the watchmaking world. Often the first to see the magic in
off-the-wall projects, he is unique and different. It was with him that
we opened the world’s first Hublot boutique at 271, Rue Saint- Honoré 75001,
Paris. By coincidence, Wild Customs and Hublot Saint-Honoré, of which he is the
owner, both came into being in 2008. So when we were designing a watch for
Hublot Paris Saint-Honoré, we were immediately taken with his idea to create a
watch as Wild as his guitars.– Ricardo Guadalupe CEO of HUBLOT
Hublot and Wild Customs – two adventures I have been following since they began, and that share the same depth of passion and rock’n’roll attitude. Their passions run parallel in many ways: expertise, mechanical brilliance, emotion and fearless innovation, time and time again.
– Laurent Picciotto, Founder of Chronopassion and Boutique Hublot
Paris Saint-Honoré, Owner of Wild Customs
As the world’s first Hublot boutique opened at 271, Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, the City of Light was awakening to the sound of Wild Customs electric guitars – instruments conceived at the place where the boldest expressions of craftsmanship, jewellery making and industrial design come together. The point of fusion of these two worlds is Laurent Picciotto, a passionate, adventurous collector and lover of fine watches and electric guitars. His pioneering spirit awakened an affinity with Hublot from the moment the Big Bang was conceived, and also propelled him into the Wild Customs adventure, where his goal is to revolutionise the electric guitar industry.
Together, they have created the Classic Fusion Wild Customs, a watch that showcases the distinctive design and creative force that drives them. A wild, rock’n’roll spirit that inspires them to innovate ever further by designing brand new materials and revolutionary mechanisms. The Swiss watch brand has obtained several patents for its products: scratch-resistant Magic Gold, coloured ceramics and sapphire crystals and its Unico, Meca-10 and Tourbillon manufacture movements. Wild Customs will unveil the Gyrock, its patented mechanism designed to revolutionise the use of pickups on an electric guitar, in Nashville this July.
Rock’n’roll, Innovation and the Avant Garde
The body of its 45-mm case is cut from blackened bronze or aged titanium in tribute to the “relic” technique employed by luthiers. Engraved on the bezel, stylised skulls – a classic emblem of rock music – alternate with an Art Deco pattern that adorns the watch from case to dial. An homage to the avant-garde spirit and the industrialisation of the early twentieth century, inspired by the famous Empire State Building and its magnificent hall. Exuding the energy of rock music, the lightning seconds hand in surf green celebrates the pioneering spirit of the 1950s and 1960s – the golden age of the electric guitar – and its unrivalled creativity. The watch is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement. Featuring a strap in brown vintage leather or black leather stitched onto rubber, the Classic Fusion Wild Customs is available in a limited edition of 2×100 numbered pieces, accompanied by a plectrum in blackened bronze and aged titanium and an exclusive presentation case inspired by the two brands.
The Classic Fusion Wild Customs is available exclusively from the Hublot Boutique at 271 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris until the end of July, and from other partner boutiques from August.
Pelé – Mbappé – Hublot: Fast Forward to the Future
Both have made their mark on footballing history. One has finished his career, the other is just beginning his. What unites them is love, respect for football and a remarkable destiny. Since the World Cup, an affinity has grown between the two men on social media. Today, Hublot brings them together for the very first time, marking a passing of the baton and a moment of recognition between the greatest player of all time and the most promising hope in world football. King Pelé, a Hublot ambassador since 2013, has crossed the Atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé, the watch brand’s newest ambassador, for a truly historic and moving encounter.
The generosity of Pelé and Kylian can be seen in their eyes, as can their love of football. This flame, this inextinguishable strength, is what drives these two great champions. They are inspiring new generations of footballers and writing the history of football, so it was perfectly natural to bring them together. Having them in our family is a great source of pride and pleasure, because before being football stars, they are above all great men who command respect.- Ricardo Guadalupe CEO HUBLOT
I am honoured to have the opportunity to personally meet Kylian. He
embodies the new generation of footballers and espouses the values of a sport
that inspires and unites the world. I am happy that he symbolises hope; the
hope that anything is possible, for the dreams we must believe in and fight
for, regardless of our origins or our social status. For me, the key to success
can be captured in two words: humility and perseverance. That is the message
that the new generation must convey, and Kylian has perfectly understood this.-
Pelé HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
The youngest player to ever win a FIFA World CupTM
The only triple world champion with the brazilian team in the history of football
UN and UNESCO Ambassador
I have learned that the biggest stars and the best players are the most
humble and respectful, those who are able to keep their feet on the ground.
Respect, humility and lucidity are values that my parents passed down to me and
they are values that I am proud to now share with my adopted family, Hublot,
and King Pelé, who perfectly embodies what my parents have always taught me —to
be a great footballer, you must first and foremost be a great man.- Kylian
Mbappé HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
Greatest hope in wolrd football
Youngest-ever player to score a double in the knockout stage
And yougest player to score in a World Cup Final since Pelé in 1958
Pelé crosses the atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé — 2 April 2019 I Paris
Hublot opens a new chapter in footballing history by bringing Pelé and
Kylian Mbappé together for this momentous encounter. The paths of these two men
show uncanny similarities. Is this chance, or fate? There are 60 years between
Pelé’s first World Cup and that of Mbappé. However, the impact of these two
players on the history and love of football remains absolute. Pelé and Mbappé
are two timeless, devoted and esteemed symbols of the world’s most unifying
sport, two generations with shared values: Humility, Generosity,
These two exceptional giants are renowned for breaking records, both as forwards who have made speed their trademark. They both won the first World Cup they played in and they were the youngest players (Pelé was 17 years old, Mbappé was 19) to score in and win a World Cup, both while wearing the number 10 jersey. A highly symbolic number in the world of football, the number 10 embodies that moment of perfect balance; the moment at which dreams become reality. In 1958, Pelé wore this jersey by chance; for Mbappé, 60 years later, it was a choice.
This emotional event was the occasion for Pelé to present Kylian Mbappé the Hublot watch that had been designed in collaboration with the footballing legend, a Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Pelé Special Piece, re-imagined especially for this encounter, in order to be given to the French footballing talent. The back of this timepiece features Pelé’s logo on the case-back, as well as the date 02.04.2019 and the place, Paris.
As for Kylian Mbappé, he presented Pelé with a Big Bang Unico Titanium, which featured the French flag on its strap, the KM logo on the case-back, and the same note of the date and place as Pelé’s version.
Kylian Mbappe—World Champion, New Hublot Ambassador
He is unique, he is the first, he is different. He is Hublot!
He is unique
He makes France, the world and the entire footballing planet dream.
Mbappé embodies the new generation that will set all future footballing records. Kylian Mbappé is currently the highest scorer in the French championship. He is a world champion, double French champion (PSG and Monaco) and winner of the Coupe de France (French Cup) and the Coupe de la Ligue (French League Cup) with PSG.
He is the first
Mbappé is the first player since Pelé – 60 years ago – to score a goal during and win a World Cup final at such a young age. He is the youngest Hublot ambassador in the Hublot Family.
A sign of fate: Kylian was born in 1998, the year that marked France’s historic victory against Brazil in the FIFA World Cup.
20 years later, by scoring one of the four winning goals in the final, he earned the second star for the French national team. He has just made history, and this is only the beginning.
Mbappé is renowned for his extraordinary powers of acceleration, his unpredictability and his reading of the game. At just 20 years old, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world and was named by FIFA as Best Young Player of the tournament in Russia last summer
He is different
An outstanding athlete who makes people smile, Mbappé is also generous, donating all of his match bonuses to the charities he sponsors. The man they call “37”, thanks to his top speed recorded at the World Cup, truly makes the world dream.
Kylian Mbappe, The Incarnation Of Football For Hublot
The only current player among Hublot’s Football ambassadors, Kylian Mbappé will play a decisive role in the watch brand’s communications. Deservedly famous, he takes the top ranking!
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