News and Events September 3, 2003 admin
New Model – Breitling Le Mans Chronograph
As a partner to the British car manufacturer Bentley, Breitling has chosen to mark the occasion of their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by issuing a limited series chronograph.
The Bentley Le Mans chronograph is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. It is powered by an automatic movement with 24-hour display, an allusion to the length of the race.
This original mechanism – Breitling Caliber 22 – also has a Flyback function. In another aesthetic reference to the Le Mans 24 Hours race, the engine-turned surface of the bezel is inspired by the dashboard finish of the Bentleys which won the race five times between 1924 and 1930: the 3 Litre Bentleys, the 4 1/2 Litre, the 4 1/2 Blowers and the Speed 6.
In addition to the limited series of 1,000 in steel, this collector’s chronograph also comes in a yellow gold version, issued in three series of 24 worldwide. The silhouette of the Bentley Speed 8 appears on the back of each case.
Movement is the Breitling Caliber 22, chronometer-certified, self-winding high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), with 38 jewels. It features a 24-hour display., 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers, Flyback function and calendar.
It is water-resistant to 100 meters, with a screw-locked crown, a rotating pinion bezel with variable tachometer. Case diameter is 48.7mm.