The racing spirit of Breitling: the Bentley GT3 chronograph

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The typical image I get when I think about Bentley owners is people cruising through the British countryside in the backseat with a glass of champagne in hand. Not the most athletic and competitive image, right? While this extremely lavish image of Bentley is quite aspirational, Bentley is trying to revive their racing past with the Continental GT3.

After more than a decade since their last victory at Le Mans, the legendary endurance track, a sport version of the luxury limousine seems rather unnatural, but let’s not forget the success that the British manufacturer has registered back in the 1920s and 30s, with 5 victories at the notorious race.

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With that in mind, Bentley has made a return to the track in 2014 to decent podium results and a title sponsorship from Breitling. To celebrate the successful comeback but also to pay a tribute to their historical achievements, the Swiss watchmaker has created the Breitling for Bentley GT3 – a limited edition chronograph with a racing theme.

Watchmakers have a long history in sports that race against the clock so this piece isn’t exactly headline news, but let’s see what makes it worthy of its racing heritage. The 500 timepieces have a black titanium case (49mm) with a carbon fiber dial, materials frequently used in the construction of racing cars. This makes the watch light but resistant, both prerequisites of speed. Although watches have less need for speed and more need for accuracy. This is provided by a high-frequency self-winding movement (28,800 vibrations per hour) certified by the COSC as reaching the highest international standards for chronometer timepieces.

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The chronograph features a 60-minute counter and a combined hour/minute counter for any timing needs you might have during racing weekends or otherwise. It’s also water-resistant to 100m, although let’s hope that doesn’t not prove necessary while in a car. As for the look, it’s simple and all-black, but it won’t get overlooked with all its green and red accents, 38 jewels and a large Continental GT3 inscription on the rubber straps. If all this sounds quite tempting, you should know that the price tag is somewhere around the $10,000 mark. So, will you be looking for the closest retailer?

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