Brietling unveils Bentley Supersports Light Body wristwatch

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 7, 2011

Breitling’s latest creation – the Breitling for Bentley Supersports Light Body – will have its world public debut at the upcoming Baselworld 2011 Watch Show. The sport-themed watch is offered in a very limited edition.

The watch is likely to be about 45mm (1.77 inch) wide and will feature an automatic COSC Chronometer certified chronograph movement inside. Its sportiness comes from the red and black motif of the dial, as well as the black rubber strap.

This watch will also use a rotating slide rule bezel. Juha Kankkunen had the Breitling for Bentley Supersports Light Body chronograph wristwatch on when he recently set a new world speed record on ice with a version of the Bentley Continental GTC Supersports. Kankkunen drove the car at 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h), breaking the record that was set by Bentley with a Continental GT in 2007.

Technical specifications Movement: Breitling Calibre 27B, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 38 jewels. 1/4th of a second chronograph, central 60-minute totalizer, combined 60-minute and 12-hour totaliser. Calendar. Case: titanium, 1,000-piece limited edition.

Water-resistant to 100 m. Screw-locked crown. Bidirectional rotating pinion bezel with variable tachometer (circular slide rule). Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides. Diameter: 49 mm. Dial: Royal Ebony. Strap: Rubber.

Bentley is taking the wraps off its fastest and most powerful model to date – the new Bentley Continental Supersports. This two-seater high performance car is considered as an extreme Bentley, with the ability not only to deliver supercar execution and a focused driving experience, but also to be powered by both gasoline and biofuel, thanks to the FlexFuel technology. This allows Bentley to initially fulfill its commitment to have its entire product line be compatible with renewable fuels by 2012.

In fact, the Continental Supersports will be FlexFuel compatible in the majority of markets when it is launched globally in autumn 2009. Continental Supersports sold in North America would be FlexFuel compatible by summer 2010, once it hurdles regulatory requirements. Actually, the Bentley Continental Supersports started as an 'under the radar' project that explores how making the Bentley Continental GT lighter results to more power and torque.

In just 24 months, the experiment evolved into an official new car program, thanks to the passion of a small group of Bentley engineers and designers. This team was able to have the engine deliver 630PS (621 bhp) of output and to match it with the new 'Quickshift' transmission. The outcome was a Bentley Continental Supersports that could sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds (zero-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) and reach a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h).

Of course, this level of performance is matched by a series chassis improvement like re-tuned steering and suspension, re-tuned dampers and anti-roll bars and employing lighter weight components. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system’s 40:60 rear-biased torque split, lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels, a wider rear track, and a distinct electronic stability program, Bentley was able to make the Continental Supersports more agile and easier to handle.

In addition, the carmaker employed carbon ceramic brakes that are not only lighter, but are also advantageous in terms of steering response, grip and ride comfort. Overall, the Continental Supersports engineering team was able to make this vehicle around 110 kg (243 lbs.) lighter than the Bentley Continental GT Speed.

To achieve a supercar performance, the Bentley Continental Supersports was designed according to the 'form following function' philosophy, since the engineering tweaks underneath tells how the vehicle should be shaped.

For instance, since the W12 engine now develops more output and torque, there is a need for extra airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and for a cooling system. Thus, designers at Bentley came with a purposeful design that allows for large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents.

Likewise, the new flared rear wings of Continental Supersports -- accommodating a rear track that is now 50 mm (2 inches) wider – are shaped so that they would highlight the dynamic stance of the vehicle. The result is a Continental Supersports that blends the appearance of the iconic Continental GT with a new yet unique facade that conveys its extreme attributes.

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