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Don't Like Ferrari's $30,000 Book? Why Not Go For Bentley's 66-Pound Book

Don’t Like Ferrari’s $30,000 Book? Why Not Go For Bentley’s 66-Pound Book

Rivals in the auto world are becoming rivals in the publication world, too

A few days ago, we caught wind of Ferrari’s$30,000 book and engine sculpture offering. If for nothing else, the book was a flex in audacity on the part of the Italian automaker. But as it turns out, Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that’s floating an opus of its own. British automaker Bentley is in on the fun, as well. Its book, called the Bentley Centenary Opus, is a celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary, and while it doesn’t have a price tag yet, it does have its own attention-grabbing quality: it weighs 30 kilos, which converts to around 66 pounds.

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Vertu And Bentley Launch New Signature Touch Smartphone

Vertu And Bentley Launch New Signature Touch Smartphone

Luxury car maker Bentley and smart phone counterpart Vertu have just released the latest fruit of their long-standing collaboration. It’s called the Signature Touch for Bentley, and it’s the third handset to come out of the Bentley-Vertu partnership. That’s the gist of it, but the more important question you should be asking is this: at the price it’s going to cost - reportedly over $9,000 - is it even worth it to buy one?

To give you an idea on why the Signature Touch for Bentley costs that much, let’s take a look at the physical tale of the tape of this fancy new Android-powered smartphone. It features a two-tone Beluga and Hotspur Bentley leather with Hotspur stitching. Sounds pretty fancy, right? In addition, it also has knurled side keys, a pillow rail and sound bar, and a 3D Bentley logo. All these components have the feel of exclusivity to them, but there is one problem. Vertu actually released the exact same phone in 2015, except that those models didn’t come with the leather and the 3D Bentley logo. So basically, you’re paying for those things, in addition to what Vertu says is a unique Bentley app that “delivers exclusive content to customers”.

On the technical side, the Signature Touch for Bentley smartphone is powered by Android’s 5.1 Lollipop operating system and has Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound capabilities. It also comes with a new Lost Phone service, which allows owners to remotely lock and wipe the phone in the event that it gets lost or stolen. Something tells me that it functions the exact same way as the iPhone’s “Find my iPhone” app.

And as an extra treat, Vertu is offering customers a chance to personalize their Signature Touch for Bentley phones by offering a choice of eight leather and 16 stitching options. It may not be the smartphone for regular folks like you and me, but for those who can afford it, the new Signature Touch for Bentley smartphone is the perfect embodiment of status and exclusivity.

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Gift Ideas From Our Favorite Automakers' Online Stores

Gift Ideas From Our Favorite Automakers’ Online Stores

The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.

We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.

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Bentley and Vertu Release Special Edition Smartphone

Bentley and Vertu Release Special Edition Smartphone

Bentley’s aggressive expansion plan apparently isn’t limited to just its automotive lineup. It’s also diving into the world of smartphones with the launch of its first ever handset built in collaboration with luxury cellphone maker Vertu.

The phone is named the "Vertu for Bentley" and is the first joint product release between the two British luxury brands since announcing its five-year partnership back in July 2014.

The two brands are also planning to follow up the "Vertu for Bentley" luxury phone with four more iterations, each one carrying “authentic and iconic Bentley design elements and exclusive lifestyle services.” Sounds like these two brands have a full schedule lined up for the next five years.

So what else can I tell you about the "Vertu for Bentley" phone that’ll make you want to have one?

Well, it’s limited, which is always a good thing for collaborations like this. Only 2,000 units are going to be made and each one is going to cost prospective buyers a pretty penny. Depending on what currency you’re going to use, the phones will be available in selected Vertu Boutique stores worldwide from October 2014 and will be priced at $17,100 in the U.S., £10,700 in the UK and €12,500 in other European countries.

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Bentley Estede Mulsanne Sunglasses

Bentley Estede Mulsanne Sunglasses

Bentley Motors and Estede are celebrating their first year anniversary of partnering together by releasing a limited series of solid gold sunglasses that will cost you the price of a decent-sized car.

We’re not joking; that’s just how Bentley and Estede roll.

The Bentley Estede Mulsanne sunglasses are available in either 18ct solid gold, silver palladium, or platinum with Bentley’s famed "B" logo settled in hand-polished enamel coating with full engraved surfaces. Each pair of sunglasses are made to order and will be individually numbered to only 100 pieces per color variation. What’s more, these glasses use special lenses that offer the latest in lens technology with state of the art lens coating.

So how much is a pair going to cost? Well, we advise you to sit down before you continue reading. The cheapest of the lot - the 18ct models - will set you back €7,700, which is about $11,000 based on current exchange rates. More expensive than that is the limited edition 18ct gold sunglasses that retails for €10,000, which is around $14,400. And then there’s the grand daddy of the collection: the platinum sunglasses. Each pair will set you back a ridiculous €31,500. Convert that and you get $45,400.

What recession, right?

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Bentley GT Ice and GT Racing Ice Chronographs

Bentley GT Ice and GT Racing Ice Chronographs

Now that Bentley has unveiled the Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible to celebrate theirworld speed record on ice, it seemed only natural to see a chronograph celebrating the same event. In fact, there are two watches designed by Breitling, the same company who revealed the Supersport Light Body Watch earlier this month.

The two watches are called GT Ice and GT Racing Ice and they come with an Ice White dial – an exclusive Bentley livery color. Both of them feature an all-polished finish, and the GT Racing Ice version features a special finish that alternates between satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides. On the case back is a medallion with the outline of the famous Bentley Continental GT.

Both of the Bentley timepieces feature the Breitling Calibre 13B chronograph movement - chronometer-certified by the COSC and equipped with a calendar displaying the day and date through a large twin aperture at 3 o’clock.

The GT Ice and GT Racing Ice will be built in limited numbers with prices starting from $7,165.

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Bentley to sell more goodies of Bentley Collection at Paris Motor Show

Bentley to sell more goodies of Bentley Collection at Paris Motor Show

Every time a major auto show happens, you can always expect Bentley to be in attendance, bringing not just their vehicles, but also a myriad of items from its Bentley Collection. You can’t say that these guys don’t know how to take advantage of a sales opportunity when they see one.

Among the items that are scheduled to be included in Bentley’s little boutique include a plethora of exclusive edition items that are expected to cost quite a handful of cash. These include a “Breitling for Bentley” limited edition Bentley GMT chronograph, a newly designed 2011 Limited Edition “zai for Bentley” skis, a limited edition, high-end range sunglasses and ophthalmic frames courtesy of a Bentley-Estede collaboration, and two new superpens from the “Tibaldi for Bentley” collection called the Slimline and the Supersports.

More traditional – and less expensive items – are also expected to be sold at the event, including clothes, caps, ties, model cars, cufflinks, coin purses, luggage tags, passport holders, key fobs, and hand-stitched gloves.

Press Release after the jump

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Bentley GMT chronograph

Bentley GMT chronograph

In order to celebrate the launch of the new generation Continental GT, Bentley, in cooperation with Breitling, has unveiled the new GMT chronograph. The watch, which will only be built in a limited number of 1,000 units, features an ingenious multiple time zone display system and serves as an international ambassador of the legendary British automobile tradition.

The chronograph’s flange and rubber strap clad will be branded with the famous British Racing Green color while also sporting 38 jewels. It also features a 24-hour second time zone with red hand adjustable using a push-piece integrated into the left side of the case. Its movement is Breitling Calibre 47B and is chronometer-certified by the COSC.

Bentley’s limited chronograph comes in a steel case that is water resistant up to 100 meters. It has a rotating pinion bezel that carries the British Racing Green flange and the 24-city time zone scale. The dial is black and the strap is British Racing Green or black rubber GMT.

Like with the new Continental GT, the new watch will be on display at the Paris Auto Show at the end of this week.

Press release after the jump.

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Dogs need to ride in style too: Doggie Mats for your Bentley

Dogs need to ride in style too: Doggie Mats for your Bentley

When you’re the proud owner of a Bentley, the last thing you’d want to have on your car are dogs. Ok, maybe a Burger King Whopper could be worse, but dogs, with all that hair and fleeces, aren’t exactly what you’d call as welcome guests on a six-figure luxury car.

That being said, if you love your dog enough to actually let them ride on your Bentley, then this doggie mat should be something that you can find very useful. Made from sheep skin, this doggie mat is embroidered with a Bentley logo so, if for nothing else, at least it won’t look out of place with all that high-end leather around it.

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Bentley Boutique to set up shop at the Geneva Motor Show

Bentley Boutique to set up shop at the Geneva Motor Show

Would you ever buy a pair of sunglasses for $14,000? What about a fountain pen for around $6,000?

If you answered to the tune of ‘Heck, No!’, then we won’t blame you. After all, spending for a pair of glasses that cost about as much as a new entry-level car is borderline ridiculous.

But if you’re the type that finds money allergic – therefore you spend it any way you can – then you might find these items a little more alluring, especially since they’re made by Bentley.

These two items, along with a lot more, will be sold at Bentley’s own boutique at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition to the sunglasses and the roller pens, Bentley is also selling passport holders, wallets, cufflinks, ties, gloves, pens, and even those limited edition Zai Supersport skis that we featured about a month ago.

Needless to say, those who don’t have enough cash to purchase even a regular pair of skis shouldn’t even bother going to the Bentley Boutique – unless, of course, they’re there for some good old fashioned window shopping. But if you’re going there with intentions to purchase, then we suggest you bring a lot of money with you, or maybe take three credit cards, just to be sure.

Press Release after the jump

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Bentley and Tibaldi rekindle their partnership to create the 'Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne' pen series

Bentley and Tibaldi rekindle their partnership to create the ’Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne’ pen series

If you’ve expressed any hint of interest in those Ferrari de Varese-inspired Bugatti pens, then we suggest you hold off on that purchase to at least take a look at these Bentley-commissioned Tibaldi pens.

Either way, you’re going to have to pay an exorbitant amount of money and both brands actually fall under the same Volkswagen umbrella, so whatever pen you end up buying, the money’s going to fall on the same pockets.

To commemorate the release of the new 2011 Bentley Mulsanne, these carefully built pens come with the same aura of elegance and luxury that is associated with the car brand that’s attached to it. The Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen series is unlike any pen you’ll see in your local bookstores.

First of all, they’re made from sterling silver and 18-karat rose gold and they come with knurled metal grips, and three optional wood trims, all of which come from Bentley’s trademark color finishes (burr walnut, burr oak, dark-stained vavona.

Truth be told, this isn’t the first time Bentley and Tibaldi have partnered on a luxurious project like this one. A few years ago, the two brand also collaborated on a similar pen project to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bentley’s Crewe assembly plant in England.

Now that the new Mulsanne is all but set to roll out of production, it figures that Bentley has yet another reason to celebrate, and what better way to do it than making a series of special-edition roller balls and fountain pens just for this occasion.

Press Release after the jump

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Zai Bentley Supersport skis

Zai Bentley Supersport skis

It is time to e-mail in those last minute requests to Santa before he breaks camp on Christmas eve, because the British automaker Bentley has just come up with the Zai Bentley Supersport skis. Designed by their Styling Studio in Crewe, these carbon fiber composite skis are guaranteed to live up to the Bentley standard, as far as both performance and aesthetics are concerned. Not to mention that they would make the perfect accompaniment for your ice white Conntinental GT and are the best excuse ever to take the Bentley for this winter’s ski trip.

The skis are handmade and they are made from Zaiira, which is a special composite material that includes carbon fiber, chrome steel and rubber. The ski poles also demonstrate a new technology, ExoGrid, used solely for the first time in the Bentley skis. A unique combination of the materials titan and carbon fabric reduces weight and guarantees high stability, and is currently used for golf shafts. There are only 250 pairs available and they are priced at $9,800 for the set. So if you were a good little boy or girl this year, you might just find something special in the garage next to your Bentley.

Press release after the jump.

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Bentley releases new accessories collection in time for Christmas

Bentley releases new accessories collection in time for Christmas

Whoever said that Bentley only caters to the old and accomplished surely have lost their minds, yes?

Well, for the most part, that bears some truth. But that hasn’t stopped Bentley from releasing their new line of car accessories, which, curiously enough, includes a wide selection of finely-crafted child seats. And what’s more, buyers also have the option to have Bentley embroider their kid’s name into the seat.

In addition to the amusing child seats, Bentley is also offering self-levelling wheel badges, a jewelled torch that can be charged from the car’s power outlet/cigar lighter, and car covers for a number of Bentley models, including the GTC models, the Series 51 GT, and the Continental Supersports.

Bentley is releasing these items just in time for the holidays, so in the event you know someone who has a Bentley in their garage, you know exactly what to get them for Christmas.

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