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