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Bretiling for Bentley 6.75 Chronograph Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com Now in its second decade, the Breitling for Bentley partnership is one of the most successful and most enduring co-branding deals on the luxury landscape. Why is that? Because it just flat-out makes sense: big, bold, and beautiful is a winning combination for devotees of watches and wheels. The Breitling for Bentley 6.75 is a 49mm stainless steel tribute to the Crewe automaker's greatest modern-era engine. From the mid 1950s to the second decade of the twenty-first century, the monster mill powered countless patrician powerhouses with the muscle to bruise the price of cocky sports car drivers. With a metallic cocoa sunburst dial and alligator leather strap to match, the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Chronograph is fitting tribute to its namesake machine. Just like the nearly seven-liter Bentley V8, the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 is a veritable mountain of metal, and its all-polished flanks exude the kind of confidence that makes no apologies. Originally launching in 1968 as the foundation of the “Big Navitimer” pilot’s watches, the 49mm Breitling Bentley 6.75 case followed an historic arc similar to its petrol-powered counterpart. Repurposed and polished to a blinding premium finish, the “49” struts its stuff as big-league basis for Breitling’s most outgoing chronograph. For the purpose of historical parallel, the original Rolls-Royce/Bentley 6.75 V8 launched in the 50s producing less than 200 horsepower; it roared into its 2011 sunset with over 530 horses of turbocharged and intercooled firepower. Speaking of powerplants, the Breitling caliber 44 chronograph keeps the good times “rolling” in this “Bentley.” With automatic winding, a dramatic double-digit “grand date,” COSC-chronometer certification, and its signature chronograph, the caliber 44 is the ideal partner for this upscale boulevardier. And speaking of scales, the classic Breitling circular slide rule makes an appearance on the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 chronograph. Now calibrated in units appropriate to automotive applications (read: motorsports), this version works a bit differently than the one on the traditional Navitimer. Rest assured, it still works just fine for currency conversions, calculating tips at restaurants, and all basic multiplication and division. This Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Chronograph is available from thewatchbox.com with a full factory suite of boxes, manuals, and documentation. It's the ideal gift for fans of fine watches and fine motorcars. Video and content by Tim Mosso.