The latest from Breitling replica watches UK for Bentley takes a little swerve from the typical models coming out of the collection. The Breitling Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition releases on the heels of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year and may help scratch the itch of those eagerly waiting for the car to hit the streets. Featuring a 30-second chronograph, a rubber strap, and Breitling’s proprietary “Breitlight” case material, the Dark Sapphire will be remarkably light, useful, and more rugged than previous models for Bentley – not to mention a darker and more brooding approach to the collection.
Breitlight is a form of carbon polymer that feels like something between carbon fiber and ultra-hard plastic – it is incredibly light and durable. Breitling also claims it is more resistant to scratching, magnetism, corrosion, and heat. Cases made out of carbon materials aren’t necessarily new, as we have seen a welcome influx of carbon used in luxury sport watches, so it was only natural for Breitling to adopt their rendition of that trend. We first saw the Breitlight material in 2016’s Breitling Avenger Hurricane followed later by the Colt Skyracer.
To illustrate how light it is, it’s over 3-times lighter than titanium. Having handled the Avenger Hurricane last year, I found the material to be really neat, and almost too light. While the Avenger Hurricane measured in at 50mm, you would have never guessed its size by feeling the weight, which I described at the time as feeling equally as odd as it did cool. The Breitling Bentley collection has seen carbon versions of existing models, but this is the first model to use the Breitlight case material and I’m hoping that it feels more “cool” and less “odd” on the wrist in a slightly smaller case.
The 100m water-resistant case is infused with “blue-ish tints,” and measures in at 48mm, which isn’t outlandish for Breitling or the Bentley collection copy watches, but it is not subtle either. The diamond-patterned rubber strap fits the overall design, and does a great job of channeling the interior design scheme of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT. When paired with the diamond-pattern printed on the dial, and the diamond-patterned hobnail bezel that is a signature of the Breitling for Bentley watches, there is a lot to unpack at a glance, but it feels like an extension of the car – and that’s a refreshing success. Breitling has always been good about Bentley-inspired elements in the past, but I’ve felt the latest models (B06-S excluded) steered away from the cars themselves, and that was disappointing to me. The Breitling Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition definitely feels like it’s from the same mold as its inspiration.
The Breitling Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition houses one of the newest Breitling “engines” – the Caliber B06 fake Breitling. It shouldn’t feel unfamiliar as the Dark Sapphire shares a number of design similarities to the Bentley B06-S Carbon released last year. The COSC-certified, in-house Breitling movement boasts a unique feature from a 1926 Breitling patent – a 30-second chronograph utilizing a central seconds hand. When activated, the hand will sweep around the dial in a half-minute interval ensuring accuracy up to 1/8th of a second marked by a 30-second chapter ring.