The collaboration between Breitling and the renowned car manufacturer Bentley has brought about another notable timepiece – B06 S. It is a new compact and therefore much more wearable variant of the timekeeper. This is the watchmaker’s second watch which functions on Breitling B 06 movement. This proprietary automatic chronograph movement is distinguished by its stop watch feature that includes a central chrono hand that completes a full revolution every 30 seconds, which allows it to be twice as precise. Breitling for Bentley B06 S is 44 mm wide case which is available in steel and red gold. The steel one can be bought with a silver or a black face, while the gold one comes solely with a silver dial. There is also a more ornate version in a steel housing which is with a blue mother-of-pearl dial and diamond decorations.
Breitling B 06 is a proprietary movement which was conceived, developed and created in the company’s workshops in Grenchen. It uses the brand’s very first proprietary caliber B 01 (of course, the first in its modern history) as its base. However, it also involves some major tweaking of its functioning, or to be specific of its chrono function (which is, by the way, the complication that Breitling is the most recognizable for). The caliber B 06 is made with a central chrono hand that revolves twice as fast as its “parent” caliber.
This double speed allows the feature to have the precision of within 1/8th of a second, despite the fact that its frequency is 28,800 vph. The feature is inspired by the brand’s rich heritage and the patent from 1926. Apart from the 30-second totalizer, the chronograph likewise includes 15-minute and 6-hour counters, as well as a small seconds one.
Otherwise, the self-winding caliber is COSC certified, as it is the case with all of the brand’s movements, it integrates 47 jewels in its construction and has a power reserve that keeps it running for at least 70 hours. Finally, the movement additionally enables a date display which is jammed between four and five o’clock positions.
New Breitling Bentley B 06 s is basically the same watch as the first timekeeper to house Breitling B06 which had the same name as its movement with the addition of the prefix “Breitling for Bentley”. The only difference is the size of the watch. New Breitling B06 S is 4 mm narrower, which makes it much more inconspicuous, while its feel on the wrist is much more comfortable.
Since the timepiece is made for Bentley, it incorporates several design details which are borrowed from the appearance of the famous cars. The most notable of these are the bezel that looks like the grill of a Bentley, as well as the same pattern that is stamped on the dial.
Breitling for Bentley B 06 S is placed inside a round housing whose diameter is 44 mm. The knurled grill-like and pinion bezel can be rotated on both sides, while its assorted variable tachometer allows computations of average speed regardless whether the wearer uses the time elapsed, the speed reached or the distance covered. Unfortunately, there is still no information regarding the thickness of the case, its water resistance or the weight of the watch. Another trait that is unstated is the choice of the case-back. Still, it is safe to assume that it features the same transparent rear section as B 06, embellished with the spoked automotive motif.
The novel Breitling for Bentley includes a cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The available materials for the case are stainless steel and 18 K red gold. The steel one can be got with either Royal Ebony black dial or Silver Storm dial, whereas the gold one comes solely with the black one. There is also a special sparkly version of the piece which comes with a blue mother-of-pearl face which is matched with diamonds set all over its bezel and lugs.
When it comes to the choice of the attachments, it is safe to say that it is quite broad. Breitling for Bentley can be paired with a metal bracelet in the material of the case, with a leather strap (with or without contrasting stitching, regular or crocodile leather, each of these in an assortment of colors), as well as with a black rubber strap. The metal and the rubber wristlets are available solely with a push-button clasp, while the leather option allows the choice between the same type of clasp and a tang-type one.