Racer’s Edge

Bre­itling presents a new ver­sion of their B55 con­nected watch, this time keep­ing its fo­cus firmly on mo­tor rac­ing

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - PRIME TIME - TEXT BY Jean Pascal

Bre­itling’s part­ner­ship

with Bent­ley dates back to 2003, cer­tainly one of the long­est and most con­sis­tent col­lab­o­ra­tions in the in­dus­try. It started rather sim­ply, as Bre­itling, at that time, de­signed the dash­board clock that went into the newly launched Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT. This time ‘round, it’s the com­mem­o­rate the launch of the lat­est Con­ti­nen­tal evo­lu­tion, the Su­per­sports. Heav­ily in­flu­enced by Bent­ley’s mo­tor­sports ex­pe­ri­ence, the Su­per­sports is the brand’s most pow­er­ful car ever, with 700bhp on tap, ca­pa­ble of a reach­ing 100km/h from a stand­ing start in 3.5 sec­onds, on to a top speed of 336km/h.

The high-tech na­ture of the car made Bre­itling call upon the its own tech­no­log­i­cal beast, the cal­iber B55. You may re­mem­ber that this is Bre­itling’s take on the smartwatch, which places the core func­tion­al­ity within the watch it­self, rather than hav­ing it as an ex­ten­sion of your smart­phone. This isn’t a watch de­signed to track your steps or your heart rate; rather, it’s one whose func­tion is cer­tainly com­plex, but it’s com­ple­mented by the smart­phone con­nec­tion. It does pro­vide you with ba­sic no­ti­fi­ca­tions, for ex­am­ple if you re­ceive a phone call or a mes­sage, but it doesn’t bring you to re­spond through the watch it­self. In­stead, the con­nec­tiv­ity fo­cuses on sim­pli­fy­ing the op­er­a­tion and user-friend­li­ness of the watch, step­ping away from its usual avi­a­tion theme, Bre­itling has seen it fit to adapt the two pos­si­ble modes from its cal­iber for the Bent­ley Su­per­sports B55, re­plac­ing the flight track­ing and tim­ing fea­tures with rally func­tions, much more suited to the rac­ing driver.

There are three such func­tions: chrono rally can record up to 30 con­sec­u­tive race stages, which in­cludes the start and fin­ish, in­ter­me­di­ate times and du­ra­tion. Chrono race adapts this to a race track, and in­stead of stages, you can keep track of lap times and de­rive the av­er­age speed per lap. Reg­u­lar­ity rally is used in those races where the driver has to main­tain a reg­u­lar pace, which the watch can mon­i­tor and dis­play. It’s not im­pos­si­ble to keep track of all this data on the watch alone, but when the smart­phone is con­nected, all these set­tings can be made on the smart­phone, not to men­tion the data ex­trac­tion so that you can ex­port it and an­a­lyze it quickly. The sporty na­ture of the Bent­ley Su­per­sports B55 is em­pha­sized by the ti­ta­nium case and car­bon fiber dial, both ma­te­ri­als ex­ten­sively used in the realm of mo­tor­sports. A touch of red is added through the hands and the edges of the lined rub­ber strap.

The tech­no­log­i­cally in­spired Bre­itling Bent­ley Su­per­sports B55 will cer­tainly prove a wor­thy tool to ex­pe­ri­enced and bud­ding rac­ers alike, help­ing them to eas­ily track and an­a­lyze their per­for­mance on the track. It will also ap­peal to those watch afi­ciona­dos who may be cu­ri­ous about us­ing a con­nected de­vice on the wrist, but aren’t quite ready to give up the tra­di­tional time­piece just yet.

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