Breitling and Bentley team up for Supersports Ice Speed Record chronograph

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 30, 2011

Breitling and Bentley have developed a limited edition chronograph, combining Swiss tradition and British chic. To create this chronograph, they took inspiration from the world ice speed record set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. Bentley’s most potent and radically-styled convertible ever -- the 202mph (325km/h) Supersports "Ice Speed Record" convertible -- is a celebration of this world-breaking record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible. There will only be 100 ISR Supersports convertibles to be produced.

The Supersports Ice Speed Record commemorative timepiece takes inspiration from this convertible model and is the perfect personification of the shared passion of the two companies for performance and prestige. This combination of striking aesthetics and handcrafted technology is also limited to just 100 units.

It is only available without charge to those who purchase the vehicle. Kankkunen achieved a speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) while driving the all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6-litre, 12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible on the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland. This is better than his ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) set in 2007 in the Continental GT.

The watch also has features that share various design cues found on the limited edition extreme Bentley. Among these features are the carbon fiber presentation box, the classically knurled finish on the control buttons, the carbon-fiber fascia with dashboard-style dial and the distinctive red detailing -- combined together to produce an original, one-of-a-kind timepiece.

In order to embrace fully the intense spirit that is the Bentley Continental Supersports, the designers made sure that the interior would have a rather distinct feel to it. The use of Alcantara and carbon fiber on the cockpit provides a reinterpretation of the interior. However it not only exhibits a more modern and athletic style but it helps in lowering the weight.

Thus while the Continental Supersports is a two-seater, the sports seats are lightweight and comes with clamshell rear panels in carbon fiber. Meanwhile in the rear compartment, rather than seats, there is instead a stowage deck with a luggage retaining beam made of carbon fiber. The new interior is also a good platform for the brand to display the remarkable skills of the craftsmen and women at its Crewe, England, facility.

While the carbon fiber panels serve to replace the traditional wood veneers, they are complemented by the signature brightware and premium grade leather. Aside from the interior, the exterior of the Continental Supersports is also what sets it apart from other Continental coupe models.

An example is how the brightware in the exterior are finished with the distinct dark-smoked steel. These include the wheels, window surrounds, lamp bezels, and front grilles. To ensure that all of its stainless steel parts deliver that highly durable and glossy finish, they are applied with what is known as the Physical Vapour Deposition process, a somewhat complex method.

This application in the auto industry is considered as a first considering that it is typically used as coating for watches and industrial tools. It is the same process used to coat hip replacement joints.

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