June 4, 2011

Breitling Bentley GT Racing Ice Review

Breitling Bentley GT Racing Ice Watch Review

  At Basel 2011, Breitling released the new eye popping Breitling Bentley GT Racing Ice. The watch is vibrant, lively, and unmistakably Breitling. They wisely went with the more versatile compact Bentley size, coming in at 45mm. Still not small by any means, but certainly a lot more appealing to the masses. 
  Breitling is using their own exclusive color called livery for the dial and matching strap. The Bentley line up is very distinctive, this all white Bentley GT Racing Ice takes it to whole new level. The sterile livery dial and matching livery rubber strap look amazing together. It has the standard Bentley chronograph functions and pushers. The bezel is nicely done with a knurled finish, adding a nice textural contrast. The bezel is used to operate the variable tachometer, when used in conjunction with the chronograph enables the user to measure speed or elapsed time. There are two versions of this watch, Bentley GT Ice and Bentley GT Racing Ice. The Racing version has the more attractive finish in W&R opinion. The upper surface have a brushed satin finish, the sides and pushers are high polished. The non-Racing version is high polish throughout. Breitling is using their automatic 13B (modified ETA Valjoux 7750) caliber COSC certified movement, with a 42 hour power reserve. The movement supplies power for the chronograph functions, day/date display, hour, minute, and seconds hands. 
  The watch is very distinctive and no doubt a conversation starter. The Breitling Bentley GT Racing Ice also offers an excellent change of pace to any watch collection. Highly doubtful there is an all white watch in the collection, unless it is a G-Shock! 

Pros - Distinctive, solid movement, COSC, more versatile Bentley size

Consideration - Will the expensive all white strap begin to show wear/dirt quickly?

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bezel: bidirectional 
Strap: Rubber
Movement: Caliber 13B
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

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