Breitling for Bentley GMT LIGHT BODY B04
ANGUS DAVIES REVIEWS Breitling's new and incredible comfort for the Bentley GMT LIGHT BODY B04, a lightweight titanium watch with chronograph and GMT functions . replica Breitling SUPER AVI Watches
Tungsten Grey Dial
Many men sit behind the wheel of a car and have an innate need to embrace speed. In fact, I also have this preference for speed and desire for acceleration. This is characteristic of a large group of alpha males that are shown on small race tracks around the world every weekend.
In the competitive arena of motorsport, there are fractions of a second between success and failure. Small improvements are made on an ongoing basis in an attempt to squeeze in the smallest margins that might reward talented individuals with podium glory.
Because of the tight tolerance between success and failure, weight is often reduced to improve performance. A race car that looks similar to a traditional road car will eschew material comforts in favor of a "precious tenth." Straight-line speed often sacrifices air conditioning comfort. Although the noise gets into the cockpit and has the potential to cause ears to bleed, the windows are made super thin to shed some very significant weight.replica McLaren watches
At the end of the day, the need for lightweight features usually results in a spec hit, or at least I thought so until recently. At Baselworld 2014, the new Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04 defied that wisdom with a lightweight case and an uncompromising list of attributes.
Breitling and Bentley have enjoyed a healthy marriage since 2003, and the synergy created by this combination quickly became apparent within seconds of introducing Breitling to the Bentley GMT Light Body B04.
Royal Ebony Dial
I'm a self-confessed petrolhead and have thoroughly enjoyed driving a Bentley on many occasions. Cars from Crewe's automotive brand combine style, performance and uncompromising luxury. In fact, these are qualities that Breitling shares with Bentley watches, and reiterates why the marriage was able to last without any sign of marital tension.replica Felipe Massa watches
The symbolism of lightness is evident as soon as one sees the dial. The skeletonized circular dial canvas presents a "peeling" character, akin to a racing car without material possessions. However, this is a recurring dichotomy with the GMT Light Body B04. On the one hand it references the design details of a light-duty race car, but by contrast, there seems to be no apparent compromise or sign of changing owners, and that's the impressive spec Breitling has awarded for Bentley.
The hour and minute hands look relatively traditional, with green luminescent material in the center. While pointers don't have the same aggressive advantages as some design elements, they are very easy to read.
The tri-compax layout includes a 30-minute chronograph at 3 o'clock, a 12-hour chronograph at 6 o'clock and a small seconds display at 9 o'clock. One aspect I found particularly appealing was that all three sub-dials feature a bright metal ring, providing a visual difference from the adjacent dial canvas and enhancing ease of reading.replica Maurice Lacroix watches
The central chronograph second hand features a Breitling “B” logo near its fulcrum, which acts as a counterweight. The hands, combined with the internal scales surrounding the central dial area, measure 1/4 second whole numbers. Due to the movement frequency of 28,800 vph or 4 Hz, the hands move in 1/4 second steps. It sounds obvious, but when the movement is operating at 4 Hz, I sometimes get frustrated seeing whole numbers of 1/5 of a second. This will cause the central chronograph second hand to seldom line up with the displayed scale. Thankfully, Breitling has an amazing talent for producing chronographs, and it's all good at the scale this watch takes.
The date window is located between 4 o'clock and 5 o'clock. The colour of the text and date discs depends on the colour of the chosen dial. Royal ebony with a black date plate with white text. Alternatively, my personal favorite, the tungsten-grey dial features a white date dial with red text indicating the date. In reality, the differences between the two dial options are not too great, and another lighter shade may be added to the collection in the future.wholesale replica watches
The red GMT hand completes the range of functions presented and is a very useful complication for those who live in two time zones. In fact, for most watch buyers, I recommend GMT or chronograph as two easy-to-use yet very useful complications. In this case, the Breitling of the Bentley GMT Light Body B04 has both of these complications.
The watch has a diameter of 49 mm. Watches of this size have generally been away lately, and I admit that a behemoth watch will prove too big for some potential buyers. However, I found it to be very good on my larger than average wrist.
A key advantage of the watch's massive proportions is the large dial face and unparalleled legibility.
However, I've worn similarly sized watches in the past and have had two issues.
First of all, the crown has worn down my arm in a row. However, the watch's buttons combined with the crown appear to spread the load over a larger surface area, reducing this risk. Therefore, I did not experience any discomfort while wearing the Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04.
Another difficulty with some "oversized" watches is their apparent weight, which can cause muscle fatigue and annoying red marks on the wrist when worn for extended periods of time. As the nomenclature suggests, the GMT Lightbody B04 has no significant mass. I found it to be light and comfortable to wear. Additionally, titanium is hypoallergenic and should be ideal for those with sensitive skin.fashion replica watches
Rotating the bezel allows fingers to caress its knurled surface. The pattern is said to be inspired by the grille of a Bentley car. It's pleasant to touch and encourages highly curious fingers to meander along its textured surface.
Bentley's Breitling infused this watch with other automotive references. The exhibition caseback reveals the clock's engine, partially hidden in an oscillating weight that resembles the wheel of a Breitling car.
Generally, I like to see the movement unobstructed and want to see as much of the bridges and escapement as possible. However, I do have a car fascination with seeing a brightly colored brake caliper partially visible through the spokes of a high-speed spinning alloy wheel. It is for the latter reason that I have succumbed to the design language of the Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04 rotor.
The black rubber strap is also a further touch, with its large ribbed pattern extending from east to west, which feels nice. It comes with a spreader according to a pleasant and safe fit. The strap is attached to the case by four fixing screws below the asymmetrical lugs.
Breitling's in-house Calibre B04 is a self-winding movement with an impressive power reserve of over 70 hours.
Breitling has put a lot of effort into this in-house movement. It's fully integrated, and purists will love the sight of a column wheel integrated with a lateral coupling. Furthermore, this is a chronometer-certified movement, tested by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres).www.chrono4usale.co
I recently took a lyric on the Calibre 01 for the limited-edition Navitimer model, which has the same uncompromising construction.
Where the column wheel immediately lets people know it's there is the button feel. The start and stop stopwatch function is very smooth and very aggressive. Also, there is no noticeable stutter when starting the chronograph.
Make no mistake, the Breitling Calibre B04 is an excellent movement at this price point.
Breitling has created an interesting timepiece for Bentley with the GMT Lightbody B04. It's light and comfortable, but also exudes masculinity with its strong jawline.
The scale and styling might not be to everyone's taste, and it might be interesting to see if the brand subsequently offers a smaller version for the undersized. However, I can easily wear this watch while driving the Bentley Continental V8 knowing that I have a comfortable and functional timepiece to wear. When exploring the performance range of this leather-lined automatic thoroughbred, the local time on said timepiece is easily read, and the steering wheel has a large "B" that sounds mouth-watering.
Bentley's Breitling shows that reducing weight doesn't necessarily mean lowering specs or lowering the owner's enjoyment. The Breitling of the Bentley GMT Light Body B04 is a pleasure to wear.www.chrono4usale.co
Model: Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04
References: EB0432/BD23/222S/E20DSA.2 (Royal Ebony Dial); EB0432/M533/222S/E20DSA.2 (Tungsten Grey Dial)
Case: Titanium; diameter 49.00 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar (100 m); sapphire crystal and case-back.
Functions: hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph; GMT.
Movement: Manufacture Breitling Calibre B04, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 47 jewels; power reserve over 70 hours.
Strap: Rubber strap on push-button folding clasp