Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch Watch Releases

The new Bentley Continental Supersports is a 2.5-ton luxury four-seater that does zero-to-60 in a physics-defying 3.4 seconds. To celebrate the launch of what is apparently the world’s fastest grocery-getter, Breitling is offering up the Supersports B55 watch – a limited-edition smartwatch of sorts built with Breitling’s proprietary Connected technology and featuring a suite of functions designed specifically for drivers. Presumably, that will mean those at the helm of this 700-horsepower coupe which also happens to top out at an eye-watering 209 miles per hour.

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch Watch Releases

Breitling and Bentley have been sharing a front seat since 2003 when the British automaker launched its most powerful car to date – the Continental GT. As it nears 15 years, the collaboration has since yielded some interesting but oftentimes divisive examples, usually due to their size or over-the-top finishing (or both). That said, if you’re a Bentley owner or one of the brand’s aspiring fans, there’s already a pretty good chance you’ll appreciate Breitling watches for their markedly similar approach to design, which wraps luxury and performance in a physically imposing chassis and stuffs it to the brim with the latest technology. Again, much like the Continental.

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch Watch Releases

Taking cues from the Exospace B55 introduced in 2015, the Supersports B55 isn’t quite a smartwatch, but it’s certainly close – marrying a rechargeable, chronometer-certified Superquartz movement of Breitling design with Bluetooth Low Energy technology, enabling the wearer to control the watch via a dedicated smartphone app. This includes setting its seven alarms, cycling between various time zones or perpetual calendar displays, and accessing stored times measured by the chronograph function. As the smartwatch definition seems to dictate, the Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 can also display alerts and notifications pushed from the phone, as well as event reminders.

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch Watch Releases

Like the Bentley from which this particular Breitling owes its namesake, the Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 is hardly subtle. It’s built with a 46mm titanium case that’s water-resistant to 100m and fitted to a thick rubber strap – similar in spec to 2015’s Exospace, but re-skinned to match the design language in the Bentley universe. This includes a woven carbon fiber dial and the textured hobnail bezel – a detail that’s become something of an ongoing signature for the partnership.

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch Watch Releases

While the Exospace B55 had a suite of timekeeping features designed specifically for the cockpit, the Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 is going to be most useful on the track, as it's equipped with a flyback chronograph, lap timer, and a special electronic tachymeter. In addition (Gumball 3000 prospects take note), its chronograph goes a few layers deeper with its "chrono rally" function, which records up to 30 rally stages complete with departure dates, start times, and stage durations. There’s also a "regularity rally" chronograph function, which a rally driver could use to determine how much distance they’d traveled in a given amount of time, and thusly whether or not he or she were on, ahead, or behind schedule.

Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 Watch Watch Releases

It was only a matter of time that Breitling expanded its Connected technology to another offering in the catalog, but the semi-exclusivity of the Bentley collaboration for the first follow-up is, at best, an odd choice. Perhaps the Superocean Connected, with dive memory, ascent alarms or surface interval timekeeping would have been a more natural choice? Maybe we just need to be more patient. At any rate, only 500 pieces of the Breitling for Bentley Supersports B55 watch will be produced, each carrying a recommended retail price of $7,860. breitling.com

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  • IG

    I hate fluted bezels and now I hate hobnailed ones too.

    • It’s funny, because the bezel is the only part of this watch that I like. The rest of it looks like a toy.

      • TrevorXM

        Agreed!

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Looks very cool, beautiful face with the red hands, shame on the limited connectivity. Either you do it or not, half efforts do not bring good results.

  • Simon_Hell

    I have Exospace B55 and let me just say that the “smart” features are just the most pointless thing ever. I love the watch for its look, but have all connectivity turned off completely, which gives me about 3 months of battery life. I wouldnt buy it again unless it came with an ecodrive-type solar charge. But this is swiss, they are technologically about 200 years behind japanese. So maybe in 2217 there will be a solar breitling.

    • Shinytoys

      wow, that is not good news regarding the smart features …

  • Mark1884

    First let me say that I am a big Breitling fan. Having said that, I am not a fan of the Breitling/Bentley collaboration. I never liked anything they put out with the Bentley name on it.
    The thing I hate is that bezel!! It looks cheap & trashy to me.
    I do like the B55 Exo, but don’t need/want all of those functions. The Supersports B55 does have a cool dial and case. The watch looks good to me, minus the bezel. I will pass on this, and buy another Aerospace Evo.
    I don’t think Breitling stopped too short on the Supersports functions. If I wanted to be a nerd, I would buy a “wrist device” to wear.
    I will stick to a real watch instead.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    …and now the award for the World’s Worst Bezel…

  • Marius

    Can someone explain me why this watch costs $8,000, because to me, it’s an absolute mystery.

    Granted, aesthetically, this is one of the coolest quartz watches on the market. The hobnail brezel and the very interesting case design are very well-matched. Plus, the thermocompensated quartz caliber is very capable. However, at the end of the day, it’s a quartz watch with a titanium case, so nothing really special. And, although the movement is thermocompensaged, it’s not nearly as high-end and complex as a Grand Seiko 9F caliber, which, by the way, you can buy for just under $3,000.

    Furthermore, keep in mind that for only $500 more, you could buy a Breitling Navitimer fitted with the very good B01 in-house movement, or a Rolex GMT Master II, or a JLC Master Chronograph Sector Dial. So I really don’t understand why anyone would spend $8,000 on a quartz Breitling.

    • Word Merchant

      These paragraphs you wrote should be inserted into the actual review.

      • Gokart Mozart

        I would probably change coolest with most hobnailed bezeled.

        • SuperStrapper

          URWERK Would contest that statement and win.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Because 42, to answer your question.

    • TrevorXM

      Agreed! It is a head scratcher. Honestly I find the Breitling in-house B01 chrono line to be priced well within reason based on the overall watch market. The Airborne model is right near the top of my list of watches I really like — I love it. Never thought I’d love a Breitling, but they’ve got me with that one. However, this one is priced at least double what it is worth, perhaps more.

  • Chaz

    Download an app…leave this watch in the display window…

  • Sheez Gagoo

    This watch will be $500 on Chrono24 in 3 months. And in 6 months, there will be an article on Hodinkee which starts with “This is one of the last models that former Swiss watch brand Breitling…”

    • Mark1884

      Will never happen.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Why do you think?
        1. They build crappy and overpriced watches (admit, not all) nobody buys anymore.
        2.The whole brand is for sale and nobody wants them.
        3.CEO is incapable

        • Mark1884

          Everyone is entitled to an opinion

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Of course you are, Sir. That`s why I ask you very gently to explain your valuable opinion to me. My second post wasn`t an opinion, these are facts.

          • Mark1884

            I have observed your attempts to manufacture an argument here, and refuse to engage.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Not interested in any argument, why do you think? I was honestly interested in your opinion. But it`s a free world and you can do whatever you want.
            Cheers

          • Sheez Gagoo
        • I cannot speak to “3” but I don’t really know how you got “1” and “2”.

          1. How many Breitling watches have you owned, and what do you compare them to? For example, I find their products better built than similarly priced Omegas. As to how many people buy them, I believe they were (possibly still are) one of the top selling independents. As for “crappy” do you mean they break down easily? They are not reliable? The offer less value for money than other similarly priced luxury goods? How do you define “crappy”?

          1b. There is NOTHING that is NOT overpriced. A $20 H&M T-shirt that will last 3 months costs 10 cents to make. a 5$ coffee costs less than 20 cents to make. Unless you make everything yourself to the exact same standards or what is offered in the market, you will pay for the service of having someone manufacture it for you.

          2. Have you any insider information on what offers have been made and rejected? If one goes by the article you posted “company x is SAID to be CONSIDERING a sale. The sources are UNNAMED and their deliberations are PRIVATE” then the argument has next to zero weight. The only named source is an analyst who says that Breitling is a strong brand name.

          Bonus answer: show me a 20 year old Breitling quartz watch that sells for $500.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            To 2: Breitling is for sale, they hired an investment bank named GCA to sell the brand. This would have been easy two or three years ago. Brands like Eterna (in trouble again), Corum, F. Constant, Atelier Monaco and Glycine were sold. Swiss watch brands are a kind of toxic now.
            https://www.cash.ch/news/boersenticker-firmen/presse-uhrenmarke-breitling-soll-verkauft-werden-516946

          • Sheez Gagoo

            1b) In this case my definition of crappy means: Is there an offer for a similar watch for less money? Same quality? And yes, there is. Of course, breaking is a sign of crap, but Breitlings are not the worst. There were some issues when they started producing their inhouse movement years ago. I think they are solved. Here is the better offer, it even has eco drive. Quality is beyond any doubt.
            https://www.uhrenschmuck24.ch/citizen-bluetooth-watch-eco-drive-bz1001-86e.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw76jGBRDm1K-X_LnrmuEBEiQA8RXYZ2BKBF6XpDR_0woP7GEE9X1LSKastXrcwvSYLiuBfrIaAquJ8P8HAQ

          • If you cannot tell the difference in build quality between this Citizen and this Breitling, how can you spot the subtle differences between an Omega and a Breitling? I’ve owned 5+ mid to high end Citizens ($1K – $4K) and the sub $1k models are not close to the “equivalent” Breitlings.

            Compared to a 3k quartz Breitling, the titanium Citizens at the $500 mark have very dull finishing with very light brushing, uninspired casebacks, light-action bezels with light spring resistance, accuracy is so-so (not even close the the thermocompensated breitlings/citizens), and bracelets look and feel cheap.

            Don’t get me wrong, I love Citizen and I will continue to buy them at all price levels. But the differences are very obvious when you compare them side by side with the Breitling or with a more expensive Citizen.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            As I told you, I`m a watchmaker and the differences in build quality between Breitings and Citizens are almost non existing. And this was a smart Citizen, offering the same or even more functions than the Breitling.

          • crc32

            Enjoyed Reading this discussion up to this Point. Not being able to distinguish between a 3 figure japanese quartz and a 5k+ swiss made disqualifies any further argument you might bring up.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Because the difference is around 4500. And both are quartz and smart. The price isn`t justified by quality, if you believe it or not.

          • You have only focused on the movement and the number of functions that it offers.

            1. A watch is not just the movement. It’s all the details that make up the finished product. Do below casebacks seem almost identical to you?
            2. The movements that Citizen and Seiko make that compare to the high end quartz Breitlings are not found on the $500 models. They are found on the Chronomasters/Campanolas/Grand Seikos etc. and those start from 2-3k. The 9F and a660 movements are not run of the mill. Since you obviously put so much stock in the movement, show me a 9F or a660 powered watch for <800 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c21b6cbbefa6305ac3b82505c7be440c2c77052455b399600ea9787b42be9a9d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3056c5dd09f728e426d0f61582c0b1088fd216734055fabffc07128014becaf1.jpg

          • Also, I would really be interested to see some of the watches/cases/movements you’ve built.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I’m not willing to waste my time on you anymore.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            …and the Citizen has Eco Drive.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            The last three lines of 1. are the best definition in this case.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            To one: I never owned a Breitling. My dad does. but I’m a watchmaker. And Breitling has a respectable chrono inhouse movements, but some threehanders simply have a modified 2824. Omega has exclusive coaxials build by ETA. Build quality is remarkably better on an Omega. Better value. But it’s up to you, what you consider “quality”.

          • I much rather prefer a COSC 2824 than an in-house movement. Also, as I recall several of the 2500 Omega movements had problems and were recalled. That’s what I call crappy. Also, the movement might be “better” on an Omega but I much rather prefer the case/bracelet/dial of the average Breitling vs. the average Omega. I only like the Aqua Terra three handers from Omega.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            It’s up to you what you prefer. Have you seen, what Breitling charges for a threehander? I have a Movado and a traser with the same movement. Not chronometergrade but they charged considerably less. The Breitling Chronos were defective as well at the beginning. But if you really like Breitling so go for it. You like them more than Omegas? That’s why there are different brands around. I don’t judge you. I like old Silbersteins, but it seemes, I’m the only one. I don’t care, others don’t care. Well, sometimes I’ve been mocked for my taste. Can live with it.

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Sheez Gagoo

            Bonus answer (question?)
            In the city of Fribourg in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland in a pawn house in the Boulevard des pérolles, you can buy a colt quartz chronograph ( around 1998, beside other watches) for 379CHF.

          • Does this pawn shop have an online store or a way to procure said item from a distance?

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Sheez Gagoo

            To three: I know, you cannot speak to three, but let me explain:
            Breitling is located in Grenchen, Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Their movement(s) is/are produced in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland. This is a distance by car of an hour or 1.25 hours. But as an important businessman, the CEO uses a helicopter to get there.

          • There is only one true measure of a CEO’s worth. Do they bring in (much) more money than they earn? If the answer is yes, they can use a space shuttle to go to the bathroom on the second floor.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            He obviously doesn’t. That’s why Breitling is for sale. I’m not a communist, don’t get me wrong, he could even use the millenium falcon. None of my business. The main problem with Breitling are the costs. Inhouse movements are incredibly expensive to produce ( I know, we like them all) but in these times it doesn’t really pay back. But as I said: If you like Breitling go for it. I don’t think they make the worst watches (except their smartwatches and the carbonthing). It’s up to you and none of my business. And there is a phone number for the pawn house.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            If you have further questions or you don`t agree with any of my answers, please let me know.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Addendum: The name of the pawn house is “Cash”.

          • Mark1884

            Well stated

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I don`t know what your problem is. Have I ever pissed you off?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Happy now with my answers? You seemed quite annoyed.

          • SuperStrapper

            He’s a student, not an industry expert, so just have your grains of salt out.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I am a watchmaker as well, supertroll. What do you clown know? Do you remember our first encounter? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7136677bd78c3552f757df741c875975be87663376946629b4e07089397f8d69.png

          • SuperStrapper

            And who are you a watchmaker for?

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • SuperStrapper

            What’s your point, kid?

            I didn’t realise you were that enamoured with me to retain months-old throwaway communications. Play your cards right and I’ll sign a glamour shot you can tape to the ceiling over your bed.

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Sheez Gagoo
          • SuperStrapper

            How silly of me to forget your penchant for penis hidden in the pants of a Thai ladyboy.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’ll pass on this one……

    • The watch or the car?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Both,…..i don’t drive and the watch is ridiculous.

  • Yojimbo

    the band is Tacky as F…. and I don’t see how you justify the MSRP. The watch itself though is very good looking, kudos to the designers

  • Gokart Mozart

    The watch does not go with the car at all, and is just so out of place.

    A car with a leather dashboard and roof and sheepskin carpets, and they match it with a non dive watch with a rubber strap and quartz movement. Like wise a 2.5 tonne car and a watch with a carbon fibre dial.

    The picture of the Bentley interior, the watch and the Vertu phone, what looks the odd one out? The only bit of matching is the colour of the hands with the red stitching on the steering wheel….

    You would have to stick the carbon cased G Shock from a couple of days ago to make it seem more inappropriate.

    • commentator bob

      An overpriced quartz watch, Android phone and VW Phaeton, I would say it is a perfect match.

      • Gokart Mozart

        Phones, you limited to android or Apple basically and the Apple phones are overpriced, overhyped, fashion statements, that are only OK to good. Give me android anyday.

        Bentley is a VW Phaeton I agree, but still inappropriate for a Phaeton, they probably have upper range Omegas or Rolexs, both of which are not much better than the Breitlings.

        • MeaCulpa

          It’s a vertu phone, saying that it’s an overpriced android phone is an understatement as that thing is, and I’m not jokin, a “Vertu Signature Touch for Bentley” that retails for € 13 900….

          • Gokart Mozart

            I realise that, but the Vertu is not your average Android phone, and the concierge feature probably accounts for quite a large chunk of the price.

            My point is when you compare the Apple to Samsungs, LG’s etc you are paying, on contracts at least, alot more for the Apple despite the fact the hardware is mostly inferior.

          • MeaCulpa

            Well the base price for that series of vertu is 8900 so at least 4 000 is pure Bentley mark up.

            The apple hardware is anything but inferior, their processor is a couple of generations ahead of the competition and their software – unlike basically all android telephones- are actually being updated.

          • Gokart Mozart

            Android phone software is also updated regularly. Software pros and cons are pretty much subjective on what your first smartphone was I think. Apple do tend to have alot of problems with their software thougjh when it first comes out.

            I think the Apple processors are faster, but the camera and video recording and the screens are worse than the top end android phones. Also no storage expansion, battery life is not great, and I see so many more people with cracked screens than probably all other phones put together.

            Also did I mention the phones are more expensive.

  • thecouchguy

    Ugly and poorly matched.

  • Yanko

    Does ugliness have limits?

  • cg

    That is one tiny rally timer and no place on the dash to mount it for your navigator …can’t see a Bentley doing this AND using the watch!

    https://youtu.be/0yx5J8xgKm8

  • Yikes! That’s a seriously ugly watch…….

  • Larry Holmack

    Sorry Breitling, this watch looks like some of the ugly watches from China that are sold for $10 on eBay.