As a tribute to the Continental GT V8, the watchmaker will unveil the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 chronograph at the Geneva International Salon d’Auto on March 5. With only 250 pieces up for grab, the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 chronograph features display that shows a second time zone and a rotating metallic red inner bezel that displays major cities around the world in their respective time zones.
The whole magnificent mechanism is encased in steel and is attached to one’s wrist by either unique rubber strap or a metal bracelet. Breitling’s latest Bentley-inspired product signifies the stong bonds between the two luxury product manufacturers. Both of them carry the same pride and prestige when it comes to luxury products, and the same passion for performance and mechanism. In fact, the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 chronograph carries a symbol that signifies the main similarity with the two companies – the winged B signature.
By wearing the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8, one could feel the ties that bind the companies. The watch features a Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres-certified chronometer mechanism and a number of technical qualities and instruments exclusive only to this product model.
As it name implies, the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 chronograph is fully inspired by the British carmaker, with most it features derived from the how the auto company designs it cars. Most noteworthy inspirations were the knurled finish of the control buttons and the layout of the dashboard instruments.
With only 250 limited editions at hand, the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 chronograph is truly a rare commodity, and Breitling plans to use that appeal to market the product to connoisseurs and to all lover exclusive watches. Available and separately sold are hand-made limited edition Continental V8 miniature models that come in a 1:43 scale from Bentley Classic Models.
The miniature model is made in the same interior and exterior specification as the car at the Geneva Motor Show. With only 100 models up for grabs, the miniature Continental V8 contains almost exactly the same equipment the actual model has: gloss black matrix grille, twin ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes and red enamel Bentley badges. Also available are other luxury leather items specifically designed for the Continental V8, featuring a V8 red badge in Imperial Blue and Linen, that matches the colors of the V8 Continental GT Convertible on display in Geneva. The luxury leather items include an iPad and iPhone case, card holder with money clip, V8 red pin badge and key ring.
The new Bentley Continental GT V8 coupé and GTC V8 convertible are powered by a new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged Bentley V8 engine that provides up to 500 bhp (507 PS/373 kW) of output at 6,000 rpm and up to 660 Nm (487 lb ft) of torque available between 1,700 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a new close-ratio eight-speed automatic gearbox, allowing it to sprint from zero to 60 mph in sub-five second time and achieve a top speed of over 180 mph (290 km/h).
These new Continental vehicles could travel over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel while still returning high levels of fuel efficiency as well as carbon dioxide emissions. With new models, Bentley is able to fulfill its commitment to build a new powertrain boasting of 40 percent improvement in fuel economy as well as carbon dioxide emissions.
Boasting of a highly recognizable and unique growl, this new V8 engine uses variable displacement with a sophisticated engine management system. When the engine is under light throttle load, this system could seamlessly transition from V8 to V4 mode to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
In addition, the new Bentley V8 engine is fitted with technologies like high pressure direct injection, thermal management, low friction bearings and energy recuperation via the charging system as well as turbo charger packaging. Bentley will release full and official figures for the Continental GT V8 coupé and GTC V8 convertible in early 2012.