Though strongly associated with big, heavy, and luxurious grand tourers today, the Bentley name boasts an enviable reputation in motorsports. Between the 1920s and 1930s, Bentley was able to clinch five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in 2003 Bentley made a comeback at the legendary endurance race to finish in the first two places.
Last year Bentley embarked on a new chapter in its motorsports story with the Continental GT3 taking part in the FIA Blancpain GT Series, Pirelli World Challenge, and GT Asia Series. In celebration of Bentley’s return to motorsports, Breitling has created a new limited-edition timepiece – the Bentley GT3 timepiece.
From its case of black titanium, one can immediately tell that the Breitling Bentley GT3 is a bold embodiment of the two highly desired qualities in motorsports, sturdiness and lightness. Its carbon fibre dial on the other hand that extrudes an ultra-sporty look inspired by racing cars. In great Breitling tradition of legibility, the Bentley GT3 uses the Continental GT3's racing colours of white and green to highlight the dial markers and hands, while the use of red is meant to draw the attention of the eye towards important read-outs on the dial. Complementing its stealthy design is an exclusive black rubber strap which bears the inscription “Continental GT3”.
The chronograph features an innovative display system that comprises of a 60-minute counter via a central hand (to record times of less than an hour) and a combined hour/minute counter at 9 o’clock (for times of an hour or more). Powering each and every one of this 500-piece limited series timepiece is a self-winding Calibre 27B movement, which is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the only precision and reliability benchmark based on an international standard.