Even though the entire series of Breitling for Bentley is meant to transfer all the exclusivity and luxury of Bentley’s vehicles, this sort of quality is the most obvious in Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon Limited Edition timepiece. The exclusivity is not only visible through the fact that this is the only watch by the Swiss brand with a tourbillon complication, but also through a very slow rate and meticulous process of creation of the timekeeper. Breitling manufactures only two Bentley Mulliner Tourbillons per year. Such uniqueness is naturally followed with the large price (over $150,000), which is not surprising at all, considering that the watchmaker expects input from the buyer who is entitled to choose the material of the case, the color of the dial, type of attachments and other details for this impressive timekeeper.
The possibility to customize the components of the timekeeper stems from its name, from Bentley’s Mulliner workshop, a specialized department that employs about one hundred skilled technicians and artisans. The task of these expert workers is fashioning of the components from metal, leather and wood, in order to match the request of the customers. In a similar fashion, such customizations are also available for the most exclusive Breitling model. The future owner of Breitling for Bentley – Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon Limited Edition timepiece starts by picking the desired material of the case (which can be constructed from platinum, rose gold, yellow gold or white gold). There is also a choice of various dial colors (15 shades that match the choices which are available for the interior of a Bentley model), as well as of the nuance of the crocodile leather strap that is included with the watch (ten available options). For the ones that prefer metal bracelets, Breitling offers five-link Speed B attachments made in the material of the case. The final touch in the customization is the selection of the ring made from precious wood which is offered in six different veneers.
Besides, the watch with a round-shaped housing with the width of 48.7 mm has a screw-locked crown and a bi-directional rotating pinion bezel with a circular slide-rule. The face of the watch is guarded with cambered sapphire glass with double anti-reflective treatment, while the transparent case back reveals the functioning of Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon’s unique mechanism.
Calibre 16B, a Tourbillon Chronograph Hand-Wound Movement
Apart from the aesthetical advantages, this model is exceptional because of its unique beating heart. It is Breitling Calibre 16B manually-wind mechanical movement (base movement ETA 2892-A2). The caliber includes a tourbillon complication and a 30-second chronograph (where the central chronohand completes a full revolution in half a minute) with the accuracy of 1/6th of a second. Calibre 26B runs on the frequency of 21,600 vph, includes a power reserve that lasts for about 42 hours and incorporates 26 jewels in its construction.
Even the first glance on the dial of Bentley milliner Tourbillon can reveal the complexity of its construction. At the bottom of the case, we can see a tourbillon cage which is always an exceptional characteristic in the opinion of most watch enthusiasts. The dial also includes two subsidiary chrono counters, as well as a pointer-type date display. Unlike the vast majority of other models in the collection, this limited edition is made with water resistance to 50 meters. Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon timepiece from the Breitling for Bentley collection retails for around $154,000 which is quite expected, considering its complexity and exclusivity.