COOL TAKE: BREITLING FOR BENTLEY BARNATO 42 MIDNIGHT CARBON
Clad in carbon steel, each of the counters within the dial face received a chromed steel rim and red accents as contrast against the black backdrop. Its bezel, along with the intricate finishes on it, are both references to Bentley‘s distinctive front grilles. Full self-winding, the BREITLING for Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon Chronograph will be limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. The roaring late 1920s were a hoot for the Bentley Boys, a gang of men who clinched accolade after accolade at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the biggest and most grueling race of them all. This year, Breitling honors the baddest driver of them all, Joel Woolf Barnato, in a superlative all-black timepiece.
An exceptionally sporty COSC-certified self-winding chronograph, the new Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon’s striking appearance comes courtesy of its black steel casing, bathed in a special carbon-based treatment to lend it the deep lustrous color of night, accented with the gorgeous faceted bezel that recalls Bentley’s famous radiator grilles. Barnato. The name of the most famous among the “Bentley Boys”, the men engaged in a passionate pursuit of victories and accomplishments that included winning the Le Mans 24 Hours Race no less than five times between 1924 and 1930. Also the name of an exceptional chronograph combining superlative style with peerless performance. Breitling for Bentley now interprets this sporty model in a 1,000-piece limited edition entirely clothed in black – from the case made of steel that is the color of night thanks to a highly resistant carbon-based treatment, through the dial to the supple and sturdy rubber strap.
Heir to diamond and gold mining fortune, Barnato was an officer in the British Army, a boxer, a horse breeder, a keen business man, and more.
Movement: Calibre Breitling 41B
Water Resistance: 100m
Strap: Black Rubber
Case: Midnight Carbon Black Steel