Yes, I know, it should be Breitling for Bentley. But not according to the saleslady of Kerstens Juwelier I visitted last wednesday during my lunchbreak. I was in a shoppingmall in Rotterdam, looking for a place to get some lunch (I was taking a Microsoft-course nearby) and suddenly I noticed this jeweler. It had Van der Baauwede and Breitling, and the regular designersstuff. I went inside and immediately dropped my eye on the Breitling for Bentley watches. I liked the brown dial and the large date window, but when I inspected the watch a bit more, I noticed that the bracelet isn’t exactly fit tightly to the case. The endpieces of the bracelet are just straight, which gives it a bit of a strange look. Not to mention cheap. The other ‘regular’ Breitlings had a fitting end-piece, so I made a remark about it to the saleslady. She told me these were not Breitling watches, but Bentley watches for Breitling. Yeah. Now we are talking 🙂
The finish of the watch was nice though, and the bezel wasn’t as clunky as I though it would be. However, this is a large(!) watch. It is certainly bigger than my 44mm Panerai. The bracelet was (except for the minor detail on the endpiece) nicely crafted as well, I think they call this the pilot-bracelet.
I didn’t ask what movement would be inside, to prevent myself from hearing more rubbish. I left the store with a nice Breitling for Bentley brochure and mixed feelings about the watch (and store). The store was all-white on the outside, and quite ‘clean’ on the insite. The wall was full with pictures of famous Dutch people that paid the store a visit. Not people I would want to be seen with though, but I guess certain customers could be attracted to this. If they watch soap-series that is.
Breitling is a brand that doesn’t do it for me, except for their Navitimer range. I love the vintage ref.806 models and I kinda like the new ones as well with the tri-compax layout (that’s subregisters on 9,3 and 6 o’clock). This one was a bit too big for me (and I am not a small guy) and I wonder why someone would want to wear this piece. I have large wrists, but someone who wants to wear this have to consider a Panerai as ‘normalsize’. Is it ‘da bling’-factor or do they really think they get something special at 6000 Euro?
Oh, I don’t know and frankly, I won’t give it much more thoughts than the one I just wrote here. Next!
Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more