Breitling launches top class classic car lineup for fashion and driving people
A unique celebration of design and freedom: Breitling’s Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection pays homage to the classic sports cars of the 1960s.
These three non-traditional racing chronographs draw inspiration from the three icons of American car culture: Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang and Shelby Cobra. The timepiece itself is a tribute to the first Breitling Top Time models in the 1960s, which were designed for “young and active professionals”. Today’s modern retro interpretation may be younger and more free-spirited.
“It’s about the journey, not the rhythm. Whether you’re tinkering under the hood or on the road to celebrate the Sunday ride of these beautiful machines,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern )Say.
These disruptive chronographs are car-inspired and stand out with their bold dial colors, orange and yellow or red and blue touches, and racing-themed calfskin straps. The engraved stainless steel back cover displays the logo of each car in impressive detail, and the chronograph buttons are dotted on the dial. All three watches are water resistant to 10 bar (100 meters).
The series includes the Red and Black Top Time Chevrolet Corvette, based on the eye-catching design of the Corvette C2 in the mid-1960s, often referred to as “Sting Ray” by enthusiasts.
Fun fact: Did you know that the car manufacturer Louis Chevrolet is a Swiss racer born in the watchmaking city of La Chaux-de-Fonds? Then came the Top Time Ford Mustang version in green and brown, inspired by cars developed in record time in 1964, inspiring new types of compact and affordable sports cars. It quickly reached iconic status in the hands of rock stars and Hollywood actors, and played an iconic role on the silver screen. Last but not least, there is a blue and brown version of Top Time Shelby Cobra. The mood board of this watch revolves around a powerful machine created by the iconic American racer and manufacturer Carroll Shelby for the 1960s races. It blends the classic British chassis design with the originality and engineering of American racing. This watch hints at one of its unique paint jobs: blue and white racing stripes.
The 42 mm case of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang versions is equipped with the COSC-certified Breitling Calibre 25, which is a self-winding 1/8-second chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Both watches are equipped with tachymeter scales and three contrasting black subdials. Their dial shows the car logo at 12 o’clock.
Inside the smaller 40mm Top Time Shelby Cobra, it is equipped with the COSC-certified Breitling Calibre 41, which is a self-winding 1/4 second chronograph movement with a power reserve of about 42 hours. It has a white tachymeter scale and two white contrasting subdials, as well as the Cobra logo at 6 o’clock.
However, this racing tradition is not about running around. Rather, it is about a means of transportation that conveys a sense of freedom and happiness. So that you might even forget the time…