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.
Breguet Classique 5177 Grand Feu Blue Enamel
In its current collection, the new Breguet Classique 5177 presents the Breguet blue for the first time in a grand feu enamel. This unique color affirms the elegant simplicity of the Breguet style in a contemporary register.
To ensure ease of readability, the moon-tipped hands made of rhodium-plated steel stand out against the blue background. In the same quest for readability, the Arabic numerals, stars, diamond shapes and fleur-de-lis on the chapter ring are silvered and are larger in size. Their relief is born from a very delicate, powdered tracing. The Breguet’s secret signature, also in enamel, appears at 6 o’clock. For all of its timepieces with an enamel dial, the House of Breguet continues to use the calligraphy once drawn by Abraham-Louis Breguet, as featured, for example, on the self-winding Breguet No. 15 watch launched in 1787.
Powered by the self-winding 777Q mechanical caliber, the Classique 5177 Grand Feu Blue Enamel model has simple and useful functions: the central second hand and the date at 3 o’clock. Current technological advances such as the use of silicon for the lever and escape wheel optimize its chronometric reliability.
The Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition
On March 21, 1999, balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones safely
landed their Breitling Orbiter 3 in a remote region of the Egyptian desert. In
doing so, they became the first people to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in
a balloon. Twenty years later to the day, Breitling – who sponsored the unique
journey – will celebrate this incredible feat of human ingenuity with the
Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, a SuperQuartz™ timepiece with features
worthy of a true scientific and aeronautical milestone.
With the release of the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, Breitling celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first non-stop balloon flight around the world. It is appropriate that the feature-packed SuperQuartz™ watch will be launched on March 21, 2019, exactly 20 years after the Breitling Orbiter 3 set down in Egypt, completing a journey that had tantalized adventurers for centuries. Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones accomplished something widely thought to be impossible. And on each pilot’s wrist was a Breitling Emergency.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern is proud of his brand’s historic link to the mission and of its ongoing partnership with Bertrand Piccard, who is a member of the Breitling Explorers Squad and with the Solar Impulse Foundation: “Bertrand is an explorer of the first rank, and he is also one of the world’s true visionaries. He always dares to dream big, and, with every challenge he undertakes, there is always a level of humanity. He inspires all of us and constantly strives to make the planet a better place. We knew that we had to create a very special watch to honor him and the twentieth anniversary of the Breitling Orbiter 3.”
For Bertrand Piccard, the collaboration with Breitling combines friendship and loyalty. “When I started to dream of flying around the world non-stop in a balloon, Breitling supported me with passion. Now, 20 years later, we are still partnering through the Solar Impulse Foundation to create solutions for a better quality of life on this planet. Therefore, the new Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition is not only celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Breitling Orbiter 3, it is projecting us into new dimensions to explore.”
Circumnavigating the globe in a balloon was considered as the final great adventure of the twentieth century. In total, ten teams of prominent personalities tried 21 times to reach this Holy Grail. Bertrand Piccard himself failed twice in 1997 and 1998 before attempting the third flight with Brian Jones. The balloonists successfully landed in the Egyptian desert on March 21, 1999, after traveling 45,755 km in 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes, thus achieving the longest flight in the history of aviation in terms of both distance and duration.
The Ultimate Wristwatch for Visionaries and Adventurers
The Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition has been crafted from striking black carbon-coated titanium and is limited to 213 pieces, a number chosen to commemorate the date the Breitling Orbiter 3 landed in Egypt – 21.3. – 20 days after it had taken off from Château-d’Œx in the Swiss Alps.
Presented on an orange rubber strap with a folding clasp and featuring an orange dial, the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition will stand out in any crowd. The numerals, indexes, and hands are coated with luminescent Super-LumiNova®, which makes them legible in any lighting conditions.
On its distinctive screwed titanium caseback are an image of a balloon superimposed on a globe and the words “BREITLING ORBITER 3”. Around its perimeter is the legend, “FIRST NON-STOP FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD – 20TH ANNIVERSARY – ETANCHE 100 M” as well as the limited-edition number (1 OF 213).
The watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B50: a thermocompensated SuperQuartz™ analog and digital display movement designed in-house that delivers ten times the accuracy of a standard quartz watch. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is a COSC-certified chronometer that includes functions that will prove particularly useful even on the most extreme missions.
In addition to the chronograph with split-time and flyback capabilities, this model features a second timezone display, a perpetual calendar, two alarms with buzzer and/or vibrate mode, a lap timer function and a countdown complete with its own alarm.
And that is only the beginning. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is equipped with an electronic tachymeter, a countdown/count-up system, and a chrono flight device, which records flight times by memorizing departure and arrival times as well as the date.
Another special feature is the Cockpit B50 Orbiter’s use of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which enables the watch to ensure the smooth juggling of timezones for frequent travelers. This function can also be used to switch between the time displayed by the hands and that of the second timezone shown on the screen simply by pressing a pusher, with the system automatically taking account of a potential date change.
The Cockpit B50 Orbiter has numerous other functions and features – the ones presented here are just the beginning –, but it is particularly user-friendly, with an intuitive, logical, and consistent control system, featuring function selection via crown rotation and activation/deactivation with its two pushers. This impeccable user-friendliness is complemented by the interface messages appearing on the screens to guide the user through the various operations.
When the definitive history of scientific achievement of the twentieth century is written, it will include a chapter about two pilots circumnavigating the globe in a balloon. The Breitling Orbiter 3 flew from the past – after all, ballooning around the world was one of mankind’s early flying dreams – into the future. And a stunning high-tech chronograph whose black titanium case offers a stark contrast to its orange dial and strap is a perfect way to celebrate that mission.
Hublot Names Breakout Asian Musician Myrne as Friend of Hublot
refining the art of fusion with its timepieces, luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot
kicks off 2019 with a bang, announcing sought-after local DJ/Producer MYRNE as
Singapore’s first Friend of Hublot.
At just 23 years old, MYRNE – whose real name is Manfred Lim – has made waves since his debut in late 2015 and is already a firm fixture on the electronic dance music scene. With a unique blend of R&B, future pop and mainstage energy, he has become the first Singaporean to perform alongside EDM heavyweights at Belgium’s iconic Tomorrowland festival and Ultra Miami in 2018.
Hublot loves music: The story of Hublot & Myrne
Anchored in the present, always evolving, and at the forefront of new advances in technology and fundamental research into new materials, Hublot remains committed to traditional expertise in creating timepieces which bear the mark of the most talented master watchmakers. In this way, the brand represents the Art of Fusion between watchmaking culture and cutting-edge technical developments, connecting both the past and the future, tradition and innovation. In the words of Hublot’s CEO, Mr Ricardo Guadalupe, “We are not breaking with the past. On the contrary, we are paying homage to it by connecting it to the future”.
In a similar vein, MYRNE was classically trained in music from an early age, having been around traditional forms of musical instruments for the better part of his formative years. Since adolescence, he has experimented with traditional indie/rock four-piece bands, and has found his passion in the seamless, limitless world of electronic music. To MYRNE, music is all about pushing the boundaries of communicating through sound and he looks forward to carving out a newer, more distinctive path in his musical career.
This resonates well with Hublot’s spirit of innovation – always looking to the past whilst simultaneously bringing its timepieces into the 21st Century.
Formerly the first and only Asian artist signed to Grammy Award-winning Diplo’s Mad Decent label, the rise of his popularity on streaming platforms Soundcloud and Spotify has seen the rising icon sign a new, exclusive multiple-record deal with Ultra Records this year. The first Singaporean artist to be signed to the hitmaking label, MYRNE once again breaks new ground, breathing fresh air into the global and local dance music scene.
Hublot’s first friend of the brand in Singapore
Sharing what it means for him to join the brand’s big league of international friends, which includes the likes of Brazilian footballer David Luiz, Romanian World Number 1 tennis player Simona Halep and global artist DJ Snake, MYRNE says, “Experimentation is a huge part of my musical DNA and I was incredibly honoured when Hublot approached me to be the brand’s first Friend of Hublot in Singapore. I love that they have a history of constantly challenging norms and daring to be different, and I’m personally a huge fan of their Big Bang Unico Titanium watch which really reflects my personality and career; it’s classic and seemingly unassuming, yet powerful, sleek and full of confidence.”
Mr Michael Tay, Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass, added, “Music is constantly evolving, innovating, and reshaping the world as we know it. MYRNE, a trailblazing Singaporean icon known for pushing the envelope is therefore the perfect fit to be Hublot’s friend of the brand, whose only interest in boundaries extends to those that have yet to be created.”
He continues, “This is part of our longstanding commitment to our partner Hublot, who has been confirming their passion for the arts. From being the first official timekeeper of global music phenomenon Ultra Singapore and the inauguration of our new friend, The Hour Glass is proud to continue advancing Hublot’s love for Music.”
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