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A NEW RANGE FOR BENTLEY COLLECTION INSPIRED BY THE CONTINENTAL V8 MODELS

Bentley Motors
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  • Limited edition Breitling for Bentley GMT  ‘V8’ chronograph
  • Edition of 100 V8 model cars by Bentley Classic Models, with identical key features
  • Sleek and stylish new luxury leather goods include unique V8 red badge

(Crewe, March 2, 2012) From Breitling for Bentley comes a new Continental GT V8 watch to make its public debut at the Geneva International Salon d’Auto on March 5. Breitling has created a 250-piece limited edition of its Bentley GMT chronograph featuring a second time-zone display. Its most distinctive feature is a metallic red inner bezel bearing the names of 24 global locations. The original and daring design of the steel case characterised by asymmetrical lugs is teamed with a bracelet or a rubber strap reserved exclusively for this model.

This tribute to the new Continental GT V8 marks a further strengthening of the common ground between Bentley and Breitling. The two renowned global manufacturers share the same passion for fine mechanisms, the same alliance of prestige and performance, the same heritage of excellence aligned with the same thrust towards the future, symbolised by a winged B signature.

Dedicated to the world of the automobile, the Breitling for Bentley line marries the best of two worlds. Elegance and performance. Class and expertise. British chic and Swiss tradition. All the instruments are endowed with exclusive technical features and movements that are chronometer-certified by the COSC, the official Swiss watch certification body.

To strengthen the ties with Bentley, designers have drawn inspiration from the characteristic features of the superlative British carmaker, including the knurled finish of the control buttons and the typography of the dashboard instruments. Embodying the perfect blend of technique and aesthetics, the Breitling for Bentley line is designed to appeal to connoisseurs – and to all those with a love of rare and exclusive watches.

A separate tribute to the Continental V8 models comes in the new hand-built 1:43 scale limited edition model car from Bentley partner Bentley Classic Models. Produced in the same interior and exterior specification as the actual Geneva show car and limited to just 100 pieces, the model perfectly details key features of the Bentley V8, for example the gloss black matrix grille, iconic twin ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes and red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’ badges. A must for all Bentley enthusiasts and collectors.

An addition to Bentley’s luxurious range of leather goods is a sleek and precise style of new Continental V8 items, featuring a unique V8 red badge, all made in Imperial Blue and Linen, to match the colours of the V8 Continental GT Convertible on display in Geneva. They include an iPad and iPhone case, card holder with money clip, V8 red pin badge and key ring.

Breitling for Bentley GMT ‘V8’ details

Breitling GMT V8 Movement: Calibre Breitling 47B, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 38 jewels. 1/8th second chronograph, 6-hour, 15-minute and 30-second totalisers. 24-hour 2nd timezone display.

Calendar. Case: steel, 250-piece limited series. Water resistant to 100m. Screw-locked crown. Rotating pinion bezel displaying the 24 timezones. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides.

Diameter: 49 mm. Dial: Royal Ebony, metallic red inner bezel.

Strap/Bracelet: rubber GMT/Speed.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Bentley Motors is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally. The company employs almost 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £500m worth of goods every year to established markets like the US, as well as emerging markets such as China and South America.

2. Bentley has made a strong start to 2012 with a year-on-year global sales increase of 47% and 894 cars delivered to customers. In China sales were up 66% with 324 cars delivered whilst in the US we delivered 251 cars (+29% over the same period). European sales continue to grow strongly, up 39%. After a challenging year in 2011, the UK has started 2012 with a strong 16% sales increase. The Middle East has also significantly increased its sales performance by 55% with 93 cars delivered to customers.

3. Bentley’s global sales for 2011 increased by 37% with 7,003 cars delivered. This growth was led by the Chinese region (1839 cars delivered) with mainland China (excl. Hong Kong and Taiwan) up 104.17% (1664 cars). However, the Americas remains the biggest market for Bentley with 2,021 cars delivered (up 32%) in 2011. All major markets were up with Europe up by over a half, due mainly to high demand in Germany (up by nearly 90%).  The UK market proved to be more challenging, but still saw an increase of over five per cent. The surge in sales was led by demand for the new Continental GT. Over one third of all Bentleys sold in 2011 were GTs with 2404 delivered to customers. December 2011 was Bentley’s best month since the recession and the second highest ever, boosted by the first deliveries of the new soft-top Continental GTC.

For further information about this press release please contact:

Michael Baumann – Communications Director
Michael.Baumann@Bentley.co.uk + 44 (0) 1270 535 189

Julia Marozzi – Head of Lifestyle Communications, Bentley Motors
Julia.Marozzi@Bentley.co.uk+ 44 (0) 207 290 7811

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