The new Bentley Bentagya SUV continues to surprise and delight. Journalists have just about gotten their heads around the performance – 0-62MPH in 4.4 seconds – and the astonishing level of detail to its beautiful body. Now, however, they’re picking up on the minutiae, which of course in a Bentley aren’t really minute at all.
One element of the car that’s recently picked up a lot of press is the clock. Essentially, the clock you can have in your Bentley Bentagya is more expensive than a brace of Range Rover Evoque cars. Yes, you did read that right, it’s a £150,000 clock.
So what’s so special about it? The optional clock is a bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling timepiece. As Bentley themselves say: “The most complex of watch mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes.”
Once you get past the staggering cost, it’s actually a very fitting partnership. The Tourbillon was patented by Abraham-Louis Breuget in 1801 and was originally designed to remove positional errors by negating the effects of gravity. It’s now only used in the world’s most complicated watches, and is a hallmark of craftsmanship at the most extreme level – just like anything that comes out of the Bentley workshop.
If you’d like to see the watch being rotated by the mechanism inside the Bentayga, then check out the video above.