The Grenchen watchmaker has released a new limited edition timekeeper called Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Midnight Carbon. It is a new version of the previously existing B05 Unitime world timer model, now presented in an all-black livery, which is a trend that we can recently see more and more when it comes to Breitling newcomers. The piece is set inside a black steel housing and equipped with famed B05 self-winding chrono caliber that simultaneously shows time in 24 different time zones. The watch suited for world travelers is launched in the 500-piece limited series and it is available with a crocodile leather or a rubber strap. Both of them are naturally black and in accordance with the general theme.
The latest version of Breitling for Bentley is not that different from the basic ones, since it does not offer new features, but it is arguably the best looking one (previous incarnations are in red gold and steel). It is also important since it is one of only three models with B 05 caliber (two others are from Transocean series: Chronograph Unitime and Unitime Pilot). Once again, the novelty aesthetically defeats the watches with the similar features (although the streamlined and instrument-looking Unitime Pilot model looks rather nice).
The appearance of the watch is determined with its all-black theme or as the brand calls it, “Midnight Carbon”. It includes a black steel housing, the typical Breitling for Bentley knurled bezel in the same shade, as well as Royal Ebony dial. The face of the watch is, of course, not completely black since it includes a representation of a globe on it with white meridians and with the continents made in silver color. The dial also possesses bar-shaped hour markers (which are luminous coated like the central hands), three chrono sub-counters (12 hours, 30 minutes and small seconds) and a date display aperture jammed between four and five o’clock positions. Additionally, it includes a couple of rings on the flange that are connected with its world timer feature and which we will cover in more detail a bit later.
It should also be said that the black housing of Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Midnight Carbon is quite large with the diameter of 49 mm. Furthermore, the construction of the piece includes a cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings on both sides and a transparent section in the same material on the rear side of the case. The entire structure is water resistant to 100 meters.
However, the biggest strong point of the piece is its B05 caliber. The in-house beating heart is based on the brand’s initial proprietary B01 caliber which has been enriched with a world timer feature of special construction. It features two rotating discs on the inner bezel. The first one of them is with cities that represent time zones, while the other one is a 24-hour disc. Two of them can be used to tell the current time not just in the local time zone, but actually in all of them.
The system is pretty simple. The name of the local time zone is supposed to be set on the top of the dial while the other rings move to appropriate position. This way, the current time can be seen when one looks at the central hands, as well as on the outer ring. The latter is the place to look for the time in all different cities that represent various time zones. There is also a day/night indication to remind the wearer which half of the globe is still awake and which is not.
Another clever feature of the system is the fact that the wearer jumps to time zones in one hour increments, the minute and the second hand remain uninterrupted in its functioning which preserves the accuracy of the piece. Simultaneously with the change of time zones, the date display moves to its appropriate place. It is quite helpful that the city disc also takes account to summer time, or daylight saving time as it is otherwise known.
Breitling B05 movement which allows all of these features has 56 jewels and it runs at the frequency of 4 Hz. It is a self-winding movement with a hefty power reserve which lasts for 70 hours. Its versions which are made for Breitling for Bentley, including this one, are made with an oscillating weight in shape of a wheel rim which refers to the fact that the piece was made in the collection which tributes the famed and luxurious British car manufacturer.
Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Midnight Carbon piece offers fewer options when it comes to the choice of attachment. It can be paired with a black crocodile leather strap or a rubber band in the same shade. Both of the wristlets fasten with pushbutton folding clasps.