Swiss watchmaker Breitling has paid tribute to a British classic, the Bentley Continental, with a new ultra-light watch.

Enhanced by its blue “Dark Sapphire” tints and made from a high tech Breitlight chassis, the watch will be released in a limited edition of 500 pieces to celebrate the unveiling of the new Bentley Continental GT.

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A new interpretation of the classic long and sharp edged Bentley design, the third generation of the Continental GT aims to redefine the essence of Grand Touring by providing a unique blend of luxury and performance in motoring. A new optimised 6-litre W12 TSI engine, state-of-the-art onboard equipment, and a refined  hand-crafted interior should go a long way towards achieving this.

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Breitling for Bentley marks the occasion by launching a watch designed to capture the spirit of the British grand tourer. It’s case is made form Breitlight, a material exclusive to the watch manufacturer, distinguished by its resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion, along with non-magnetic, thermal stability and non-allergenic properties.

Its subtly black streaked effect takes on a bluish shimmer, echoing the colour of the Bentley “Dark Sapphire” livery, and the dial features a diamond motif picking up the pattern appearing in several areas of the Continental GT interior and dashboard controls.

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This movement entirely developed and produced in the Breitling workshops, uses a “30 second chronograph” system, which comprises of a central hand completing a full sweep of the dial in half a minute – thus ensuring extremely accurate readings of times to the nearest eighth of a second. This feature is highlighted on the black dial by the blue 30 second chronograph inscription and measuring scale.

The watch is fitted with a rubber strap designed to fit comfortably during long distance driving, specially created for this model and bearing the same diamond motif as the dial.

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The Dark Sapphire Watch, by BREITLING for BENTLEY