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 |  Dec 02 2011, 1:15 PM

Bentley’s new Ice Speed Record watch was inspired by Juha Kankkunen’s record breaking time set on the ice.

Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen set the world ice speed record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible, a feat that inspired both the Supersports Ice Speed Record convertible and the Ice Speed Record watch. Kankkunen set the record off the coast of Finland on the frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland, hitting a top speed of 205.48 mph.

Crafted by renowned watchmaker Breitling, the watch takes its cues from the convertible, sharing more than a few of the same design features. Dressed to impress with red detailing, carbon fibre fascia with dashboard-style dial and a classically knurled finish on the control buttons, this watch makes a distinct fashion statement.

Keeping time with Breitling Calibre 27B movement, the Ice Speed Record watch is self-winding and it is officially chronometer-certified by the COSC. Built with a titanium case, you’ll find a specially engraved number on the back. It even comes in a carbon fiber presentation box. This watch is water resistant to 100m, features a cambered sapphire crystal face, glare proofed on both sides and is held on your wrist with a highly durable rubber strap.

 |  Mar 24 2011, 2:34 PM

If you want a watch that will stop admirers in the tracks, try the special all-white “Ice” versions of the Bentley GT and Bentley GT Racing chronographs on for size.

A few weeks ago, Bentley and their timepiece partner, Breitling, launched the limited edition “Breitling for Bentley” Supersports Light Body watch in tribute to a new ice speed record (it was set by four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible). These special all-white “Ice” versions are compact, which makes them suitable to wear no matter what size of wrist you have.  Both versions boast an Ice White dial, an exclusive Bentley livery color and a rubber strap. They also come with a self-winding Breitling Calibre 13B chronograph movement and a calendar displaying the day and date through a large twin aperture.

Other embellishments found on these timepieces include rimmed counters that enhance the dials of the watches, and a bezel that features a knurled motif. The Bentley GT Ice chronograph is adorned with a steel case with an all-polished finish, while the Bentley GT Racing Ice version features alternating satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides. On the caseback, you’ll find a medallion that’s stamped with the outline of the Bentley Continental GT.

The Bentley GT Ice and Bentley GT Racing Ice watches will set you back $7,165 each. A small price to pay to secure your status has a fashion plate, we think.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Mar 07 2011, 11:56 AM

There’s no better way to celebrate an ice speed record then by launching a new watch. And that’s exactly what Bentley has done, in honor of the new record set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen, which was done in a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.

Partnering with the automaker’s timepiece partner Breitling, the Bentley Supersports Light Body limited edition timepiece sports a sporty titanium light body watch. A perfect complement to the Supersports convertible, the watch boasts  a light and sturdy titanium chassis, as well as a dashboard-style dial adorned by three ringed counters and a bezel with a Bentley-style raised knurled motif. Keeping time is its exclusive double-counter system that features a central minute hand and a twin-handed totalizer.

The ice speed record was set a few weeks ago, when Juha Kankkunen reached a speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h). This new time broke his own ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h), which was set in 2007 when he was behind the wheel of the Continental GT.

Only 1,000 of the Bentley Supersports Light Body limited edition watches will be available for purchase.