Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited-Edition Watch
The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited-Edition Watch is a 42mm x 13.6mm limited-edition chronograph that is available in two different case materials. The smaller run of 200 pieces will be made of 18k rose gold, whereas the larger 1000-piece model is in stainless steel. Both versions share the same design, bi-compax chronograph dial with the date at 6 o'clock. Surrounding the dial, Breitling has included a tachymeter scale printed in white. The dial, itself, is what stands out to me on the Centenary. Made from a unique brown elm burl, the dial adds a level of complexity and depth to the display that is pleasingly unusual. Burl is a type of woodgrain that has grown in a deformed manner. That means each slice of elm burl will be unique, and thus give each dial its own distinct character.
Breitling Replica points out that the contrasting sub-dial layout indicates it has employed its Manufacture Caliber B01 on this watch. If you recall, this movement was part of a movement exchange with Tudor. This movement will feature the expected 70-hour power reserve and a chronometer certification. The movement will be visible through a transparent caseback that has been etched with the Bentley logo, as well as the edition size.
I think these two watches offer a real glimpse of what can happen when two brands with common goals come together to create something wonderful. In my eyes, the standout feature is the elm burl dial. While this is not the first watch to incorporate figured wood into the dial, I think Breitling's execution makes it one of the best examples. At this time, Breitling has not released pricing information on either edition of the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited-Edition Watch - but again, the rose gold version will be available in an edition of 200 pieces whereas the stainless steel version will be limited to 1000 pieces. For more information keep an eye on