Occasionally, I like to mix up our format of watch reviews, so allow me once again to present you with a combo car and watch review. The goal is to look at each of these items independently, as well as to examine how appropriately they go together. For me, this review of a Bentley automobile and a Breitling for Bentley watch is a long time coming. The two luxury brands continue to have one of the few successful watch+car partnerships – which is sort of funny thing in the watch world since there is so much overlap when it comes to the reasons why people like automobiles and why they like timepieces. Specifically, I’m looking at the Bentley Mulsanne Speed car, and the white scale replica Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 S watch. What these two items have in common is the Bentley branding, even though one is an “ultra luxury” sports sedan produced by Bentley and the other is a luxury watch produced by Breitling in collaboration with Bentley.
Given the complexity of producing a dual-branded timepiece with a watch maker’s name and a car maker’s name, it should not be a surprise that not everyone thinks delicate replica Breitling and Bentley make good bedfellows. I’d like to talk for a brief moment on this element of the watch world because I think it does merit some discussion. Most traditional watch collectors who like pieces meant for driving or the world of racing don’t seem to like watches that are actually co-branded with a car company. The question is why? I believe this is because of a deeper desire to see watches made by watch makers and cars made by car makers. Combining the two might seem like an artificial attempt to make products that appeal to both audiences while not really adding anything to the equation.
While I agree that this is often true, more conservative minds might easily neglect to consider that the best “car watches” are really about celebrating two worlds that someone might equally enjoy. A properly dual-branded watch of this type should never forget that it is a watch, should not be tacky, but at the same time allow a watch lover to enjoy their passion without drawbacks. While seemingly simple in theory, getting this formula right is hard to do. Even with their overall business success, not a lot of replica Breitling for Bentley watches have struck a harmonic chord with me. But a few have, and this black dial fake Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 S is among the admittedly few Breitling for Bentley watches that I quite like.
With a price around the same as many of the “options” in a Bentley Mulsanne Speed car, the black rubber strap fake Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 S watch wasn’t designed specifically for this car, but generally to evoke a “Bentley theme” in a relatively robust all-around useful luxury lifestyle sports watch. Compared to a lot of the Breitling for Bentley watches this one is toned down in style, but still has the showiness most Bentley owners are probably looking for.
This particular Bentley Mulsanne Speed has a particular set of options that includes a Bamford Watch Department watch case as well as an overall look I tend to associate with some of Bamford’s tastes. George Bamford is a rather prolific Bentley collector so he gets to do cool stuff like adding something from his company as an option for these higher-end Bentley Mulsanne Speed cars and other Bentley Mulliner products. George himself has been known to be showy, but is more demure in his very British way of evoking luxury through a combination of being a bit avant-garde and a bit restrained. For that reason, you’ll understand why I identify the lack of too many body embellishments on the Bentley Mulsanne Speed exterior as well as the controversial-to-some matte black wheels on the car with Bamford-style design. This comes from a guy who made his name in the watch world by after-market customizing Rolex watches – often coating them in all-black for a look that is similar to the car in theme.