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World famous Bentley Mulliner customer commissions bespoke flying sleigh upgrade

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A world famous customer approached Bentley's customization division, Mulliner, for a ride upgrade just in time for Christmas. His flying sleigh is getting changed out for a unique and festive Flying Spur V8 called the "Reindeer Eight".

The one-off model is finished in a deep red Cricket Bauble paint job that is one of the 62 shades offered by Mulliner's extended range of options. On its face is a gold three-dimensional printed reindeer in lieu of the traditional Bentley Flying B mascot. Mulliner has replaced the car's V8 badging with a "Reindeer Eight" badge. The car's chrome hood has been re-trimmed in gold with a coordinating hand-painted line that runs from the rear of the Bentley wing badges.

Santa's Bentley Flying Spur V8

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The owner has added a gold styling specification, which includes a carbon diffuser at the front and rear, carbon side sills, and a hood lid spoiler. The road-going sled rides on 22-inch golden wheels with diamond finish wrapped in all-season tires.

Bentley has given the car its traditional V8 powertrain. "What fun it is to ride in a 542 horsepower sleigh. Plus, there's space in the back for all my subordinate Clauses. I'm looking forward to putting 41 million miles on the clock before the end of the year," said the bearded customer.

The interior of the Flying Spur has a monotone Cricket Bauble scheme with gold personalized embroidery and hand cross-stitching. The owner's name is stitched into the driver's seat with his wife's stitched into the passenger seat.

Across the dashboard and doors is a horizontal veneer that features a winter scene of the North Pole with inlays that depict the end of a night's journey like those the buyer takes around the world at least once per year.

The seats of the "Reindeer Eight" features heating, ventilation, and multi-mode massage functionality. The Mulliner Driving Specification chosen by the customer features new three-dimensional leather with traditional stitching and embroidery work. There are 11,100 gold hand cross-stitched highlights that take craftspeople 18 hours to complete. The client's elfin helpers can appreciate that level of artistry.

In front of the driver, the Bentley Rotating Display features the sounds of sleigh bells while the veneer section in the middle of the dashboard rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch touch screen. A Naughty and Nice list is integrated into the car's navigation system allowing the driver to know if the inhabitants of the homes he passes have been good or bad.

The cost of the build has not been revealed but for the buyers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, it's priceless.

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The Bentley Residences will be located on Sunny Isles Beach.

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Sunny Isles Beach already owns the distinction as being the home to the most Rolls-Royces at one residence, the Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach. Now, a strip of oceanfront land that's halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale will be home to a new luxury development designed to fit with the lifestyle of luxury Bentley vehicle owners.

The world's first Bentley-branded residences have been launched in partnership with Dezer Development. They've been designed by Sieger Suarez Architects, a firm that has the Porsche Design Tower (18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach), Trump Grande, and Residences by Armani/Casa in its portfolio.

The tower will be built at 18401 Collins Avenue, the current site of the Days Hotel by Wyndham Thunderbird Beach Resort.

Bentley Residences will contain more than 200 luxury apartments. The building will stand 749 feet and reach over 60 stories high, the same number of floors as the Salesforce tower in San Francisco and Franklin Center in Chicago. It's being billed as the tallest residential tower on any U.S. beachfront.

The residences are built-to-suit domiciles that will include an in-unit multi-car garage as well as ocean and bay views via floor-to-ceiling windows from each apartment. Homes will also have a private balcony, pool, sauna and outdoor shower. Interior amenities will include a gym, spa, whisky bar and restaurant. There will also be communal gardens.

"The modern and progressive brand identity of Bentley Residences is at work in both the tower's interior and exterior spaces, rooted in authenticity, sustainability and innovation," said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. "We've partnered with Dezer to create a living experience that expresses the very philosophy of the Bentley brand and stays true to our vision of inspiring extraordinary journeys."

Architects have designed the tower to include uninterrupted views of the ocean and the waterways and feature sustainable materials throughout with a focus on wellness. The project is being designed in accordance with the Florida Green Building Council (FLGC) certification. Additionally, designers plan to use reduced coastal lighting to protect endangered sea turtles.

Construction of the residences will begin in early 2023. They are schedule for completion in 2026.

"Partnering with Bentley Motors, a true global luxury brand and being able to create another first in the Miami marketplace is an extraordinary opportunity," added Gil Dezer, President of Dezer Development. "With Bentley Motors, together we will create something inspiring, powerful and iconic – a true game-changer when it comes to luxury living."

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The Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition is inspired by vintage watches from the 1940s.

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A limited collection of just 25 timepieces is designed to infuse the style and elegance of the 1940s with modern chronograph technology. The new Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition launches this month.

The wristwatch is a fresh take on the original Breitling Premier watches of the 40s. It features a 42 millimeter case wrapped in 18 karat red gold with rectangular chronograph pushers, a gold-brown alligator strap, and a transparent sapphire caseback that reveals the movement of its 22-karat gold oscillating weight.

A release from the company details that the. distinctive green dial, reminiscent of the British racing green, is the highlight of the piece. The Breitling-Bentley partnership has used similar coloring in other endeavors.

Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

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The timepiece is powered by the Manufacture Caliber B21. The COSC-certified tourbillon movement offers around 55 hours of power reserve and is water-resistant up to 100 meters.

The partnership between Bentley and Beitling is a few decades old but the passion for the combination of Breitling timepieces and luxury cars goes back much further. Willy Breitling, the grandson of the brand's founder Léon Breitling, was a passionate Bentley driver. He patented the chronograph with two independent pushers at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock in 1934. In 1940 he designed the original Premier wristwatches, the company's first link that moved them from pure purpose to style. As Willy saw it, "When a man puts on his watch, it is the unmistakeable stamp of impeccable taste."

The watch has a $52,000 starting MSRP.

Late last year, Bentley showed off its branded specialty watches, which were developed in partnership with Jacob the Jeweler. The timepieces from the Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon collection bring together the feeling evoked by the raw power of the Chiron super sports car and the artistry of its design into a timepiece.

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