The Bentley Boys Ride Again

by Admin on March 11, 2012

in Breitling, Watch News


Introducing the new Breitling Bentley Barnato and Barnota Racing Chronographs

Breitling for Bentley is lining up two exceptional champions on the starting grid. named in honour of the most famous of the Bentley Boys, who was also the first driver to win three consecutive editions of the le mans 24 hours (1928, 1929 and 1930), the Bentley Barnato and the Bentley Barnato racing chronographs are distinguished by their peerless performances and their resolutely out of the ordinary design. they feature ultra-sporty dials, including one with a highly original disc-type totalizer system. the understated and powerful case is topped with a broad bezel bearing a raised knurled motif inspired by Bentley control buttons. equipped with transparent sapphire crystal casebacks, these top-class instruments reveal a truly unique vision through the reverse side, in the shape of anoscillating weight evoking the wheel rims of the new Bentley continental gt. In terms of motorisation, they certainly have what it takes to win the race towards precision and endurance, thanks to a movement certified by the swiss Official chronometer testing Institute (cOsc), along with a “30-second chronograph” system that is unique in the world. two new Bentley Boys ready to rise to all manner of challenges.



In 1923, Walter Owen Bentley sent one of his speed machines to take part in the first edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1924, the British firm created a sensation by winning the race with a Bentley 3 Litres – a feat that it accomplished four more times, in 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930, the two latter victories being earned in a Speed 6. This was the era of the legendary Bentley Boys: Benjafield, Birkin, Davis, Rubin, Kidston and above all Barnato, the most famous of them all, a multi-millionaire diamond merchant. Gifted sportsmen, authentic amateurs, often fabulously wealthy and irresistible charmers, the Bentley Boys raced first and foremost for honour, fired by a taste for challenges. Dedicated as much to partying as to winning, they were to leave an indelible imprint on the Bentley spirit: an unmistakable blend of performance and luxury. In 2003, Bentley revived its glorious sporting past by sweeping the first two places in the Le Mans 24 Hours ranking.

Source: Breitling for Bentley website


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