Breitling and Bentley, both whom are known for their passion for design, have come together once again, for the new ‘Ice Speed Record’ chronograph watch, inspired by Juha Kankkunen’s record breaking performance in a Bentley Supersports convertible. Previously we saw them come together for the Supersport light-body watch, and now it’s for the record set by Kankkunen which will bring British and Swiss engineering together for this limited edition timepiece, largely inspired by the bio-fuel powered record setting car.
Like the special edition Supersports convertible of the Bentley, this timepiece is also going to be available in a limited set of 100 pieces, and the first look at the watch tells the story of close association between the two. Dressed in red and black mainly, the casing of the timepiece is carved titanium, with brush finish and engine inspired and carved side crowns. The dial (49 mm width) uses plenty of multi-textured carbon fiber, which displays the smallest fractions of the seconds and minutes in criss-cross of numerical rings and smaller sub-dials. Most prominent is the 6 seconds measure outer red ring, which is perhaps best matched seeing the special edition convertible travel at break neck speeds. On a slightly more detailed look, one can also see the checkered black pattern on the deep background of the dial. In all, it brings a flashing replica of the Supersports car’s dashboard which has dials looking very similar to this. To ensure similar ruggedness, the covering has been done with sapphire crystal, which is resistant to dust and reflections.
Speaking of the insides, there is Breitling Caliber 27B movement powering the engine of the watch. It has been certified by the COSC for quality, and has been built on a self-winding design to save any hassle of manual rewinding for power backup. The vibration rate for the movement is 28,800 vibrations per hour, which seems to be norm in classic wrist watches such as these. Also included are the 38 jewels in various microscopic sizes, making up different parts of the movement.
Just when we were hoping to know the pricing of the watch, we were told that these watches will accompany the limited edition Bentley Supersports car, from which its draws its inspiration, hence will be produced in same limited numbers, with each being carved with the unit number. The watch will be made available in a specially designed carbon fiber box to the owner.
Also, do check out the Basel World 2011 GT Ice timepiece, inspired by the Continental GT car. Sheer brilliance of engineering shown in horological form.