We have never been big fans of the Breitling for Bentley timepieces, however, when it comes to the new Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body just released at Baselworld 2016 less than a month ago, we have to say that we really like this watch. While the dial still seems quite busy as all other Breitling for Bentley models, there's something special about this piece that draw our attention to it. Could it be the GMT complication, the red accents on the dial, or perhaps the fact that this case is unlike any other case presented by Breitling before and somewhat similar to the carbon cases used on the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Double Date Carbon Green we reviewed here, or even to those on a few Richard Mille NTPT watches —with the utmost respect to the latter as we are not trying to draw any comparisons here. All we know, is that this is a sexy watch all around. Available in a limited edition of 250 pieces, the new Breitling for Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body features features a strikingly original and daring design based on asymmetrical lugs and integrated pushers following the shape of the case and an exclusive black rubber strap.
For this new watch, Breitling has chosen a cutting-edge technology already used on the chassis of Formula 1 racing cars as well as in aviation and racing boats, but used by only a few companies when it comes to watches. Fitted with a 45 mm Carbon case, the compound used by Breitling is composed of tiny carbon fibers —just 30 microns in diameter— that are woven into several hundreds of layers placed at a 45-degree angle between each successive layers, and then bonded by heat-set resin. The result, a distinctive matte black case very similar in looks and feel to those we've seen on Linde Werdelin carbon pieces. Perhaps the biggest and most obvious difference, is that on the Breitling the fibers are woven vertically opposed to horizontally on Linde Werdelin watches. The pushers are also made of carbon to follow the silhouette of the case and the screw-down crown is wrapped with a carbon ring.
The dial for the very first time is really legible and not as crowded as on other Breitling for Bentley timepieces. The black dial is also made of carbon fiber with a visible weave in the usual checkered pattern carbon fiber look. Enhanced by red-rimmed counters reminiscent of racing car instrument panels, this watch is ultra sporty and very automotive looking. Featuring a second time zone and chronograph, the black hour hand keeps track of local time, and is quickly and easily adjusted by rotating the crown forwards or backwards while ensuring automatic adjustment of the date in both directions. Meanwhile, the red hand keeps track of home time in 24-hour mode. An additional user friendly feature takes the form of a rotating inner bezel bearing the names of 24 cities and serving to show the time at a glance in every timezone compared to the time shown by the 24-hour hand. The dial layout features running seconds register at 9, 12-hour chrono register at 6, 30-minute chrono register at 3 and a date aperture between 4 and 5 o'clock. The knurled bezel completes the sporty look of this new Breitling for Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body.
Fitted with a special black rubber strap —referred to by Breitling as GMT Rubber—, the strap is equipped with a nice deployant buckle that is satin brushed finished. The strap is really nicely constructed and with a nice firm but malleable texture to it. One thing we did notice, is that the rubber used on this strap seems to be a crazy lint magnet, something that OCD guys like us will definitely hate.
The exceptional functionality of the new Breitling Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body is powered by the in-house Breitling Calibre B04 protected by two patents and chronometer-certified
by the COSC —Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. The movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph features 47 jewels and provides a power reserve of 70 hours when fully wound. The watch is fitted with a solid case back and is water resistant to a 100 meters.
On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size and extremely light. The wrist presence is definitely very extremely sporty and rugged. Another watch setting the trends we saw at Baselworld 2016 with all black watches and special material cases. Yet another one of the best looking all black watches this year at Baselworld 2016. This is a watch that for sure will sell out very quickly considering its exclusive limitation to 250 pieces only.
Sticker Price $22,700 USD. For more info on Breitling click here.