Established timekeepers like Breitling Replica are quickly adopting additional electronic capabilities, as in this latest connected timepiece created for Bentley.
The Apple Watch may garner the proverbial lion's share of attention when it comes to smartwatches, but it's not the only player in the game.
The Replica Breitling for Bentley Supersports B55 is designed to adorn the wrists of those driving the new Continental Supersports – Bentley's most powerful and fastest model to date, with 700 horsepower on tap propelling the big coupe to 62 in 3.5 seconds en route to a top speed of 211 mph.
To complement Crewe's latest, Breitling Replica developed a connected watch with its own in-house electronic, thermo-compensated, certified chronometer SuperQuartz movement designed for motorsports. So not only does it have a flyback chronograph, lap timer, and electronic tachymeter, but also a unique Chrono Race function to record split lap times and calculate the average between them; a Chrono Rally setting that can record times from up to 30 stages, time- and date-stamped with deducted penalties; and a Regularity Rally setting especially useful for classic revival rallies.
The timepiece also keeps track of a second time zone, and interfaces with your smartphone to store or share data through a specially designed app. The high-tech device is enveloped in a 46-millimeter titanium case with a carbon-fiber dial and dual backlit LCD displays that light up when either the crown is depressed or the wrist is tilted. And it's all affixed to the wearer's wrist with a red-edged black rubber strap. While you may not have to own a Continental Supersports to buy the watch, there'll only be 500 examples made, and Breitlings don't exactly sell for Casio money.
The B55 is the latest in a long string of timepieces crafted by Replica Breitling for Bentley, stretching back to 2003 when the Swiss watchmaker crafted the dashboard clock for the Continental GT that launched the British automaker into the modern era. The latest Supersports model is powered by an evolution of the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine, but with nearly 150 more horsepower at the disposal of your right foot.
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Panerai Replica, which has for more than a decade sponsored its own Classic Yachts Challenge racing series, announced at SIHH that it will take an even bigger role in the world of yacht racing, becoming the official partner of the 35th America’s Cup. The Swiss-made, Florentine-born watch brand has also partnered with two major America’s Cup racing teams: Oracle Team USA, which won the most recent Cup in historic fashion, and Softbank Team Japan, the first Cup competitor from Asia in 15 years. Of course, the new partnerships are being commemorated with several new limited-edition America’s Cup watches. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Replica Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm
The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm is the Official Watch of the event itself, which will be held later this year in Bermuda. Its stainless steel case measures 44 mm in diameter and, like all Luminor models, features Panerai’s patented crown-protection lever device. The watch, which is water-resistant to a respectable 300 meters, has a polished bezel and a black “sandwich” dial. The date appears at 3 o’clock and the running seconds on a subdial at 9 o’clock. “America’s Cup” is printed in blue above the 6 o’clock position, and the black, untreated leather strap, with the America’s Cup logo heat-embossed on both sides, is stitched with red-and-blue thread. Inside is Panerai’s in-house Caliber P.9010, an automatic movement with a three-day power reserve. The solid caseback is engraved with an America’s Cup logo. The watch (Ref. PAM00727) is limited to 300 pieces and priced at $8,100.
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Replica Panerai Luminor 1950 Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica – 44mm
Oracle Team USA is represented by three new timepieces. The Replica Panerai Luminor 1950 Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica – 44mm is one of two pieces equipped with a flyback chronograph function. It has a 44-mm case made of matte black ceramic and water-resistant to 100 meters. The caseback, which is made of titanium, is embossed with the logo of Oracle Team USA and the inscription “35th America’s Cup.” The movement, manufacture Caliber P.9100, equips the watch with a column-wheel chronograph that is stopped and started by the pusher at 10 o’clock, while the flyback function can be engaged by the pusher at 8 o’clock. The America’s Cup colors are evident in the red and blue chronograph seconds hands, the red chronograph hour hand, and the blue small seconds hand. A tachymeter scale, which can be used to time the speed of a vessel in knots, is also red. Red stitching (with a smattering of blue) appears on the black leather strap, along with the heat-embossed Cup logo. Limited to 200 pieces, the watch is priced at $15,300.
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Replica Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio – 47mm
The only one of the new watches with a yachting-inspired regatta countdown function is the Replica Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio – 47mm. The large, 47-mm case is made of brushed titanium and powered by Panerai’s Caliber P.9100/R, essentially the same automatic flyback chrono movement used for the previous watch but here with an added module for the countdown function, operated by the red pusher at 4:00. The 10 o’clock pusher starts and stops the chronograph, and the pusher at 9 o’clock returns both chronograph hands to zero. Like all the Oracle Team USA editions, it has a solid caseback with a relief engraving of the team’s logo and an illustration of its trimaran boat. The movement, in addition to driving the timekeeping functions, chronograph, and countdown timer, stores a power reserve of three days. Tagged with the reference PAM00726, the watch is limited to 200 pieces at $17,900.
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Replica Panerai Luminor Marina Oracle Team USA 8 Days Acciaio – 44mm
Rounding out the Oracle Team USA trilogy, the Replica Panerai Luminor Marina Oracle Team USA 8 Days Acciaio – 44mm boasts eight days of power reserve, equipped with Panerai’s manual-winding P.5000 caliber and limited to just 200 pieces. The 44-mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 300 meters and features the patented crown protector. The matte black “sandwich” dial hosts a blue seconds hand on the subdial at 9 o’clock. The black leather strap has the red-and-blue stitching and heat-embossed logo of the America’s Cup, and the caseback is engraved with a rendering of the team’s yacht. The watch (Ref. PAM00724) carries a retail price of $7,100.
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Replica Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Softbank Team Japan 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm
Finally, the Replica Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Softbank Team Japan 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm (Ref. PAM00732, $8,100) has the same attributes as the America’s Cup w