Following the success of Breitling‘s Top Time Classic Cars collection, composed of eye-catching chronographs inspired by iconic ’60s automobiles, the pioneering Swiss watchmaker returns with enhanced models and a scorching new addition. The timepieces within the 2021 debut collection tapped into the vivaciousness of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and Shelby Cobra; the Top Time B01 Classic Cars collection incorporates a show-stopping fourth watch that nods to the Ford Thunderbird. Each meticulously integrates its corresponding automobile brand’s logo onto the dial and translates other influential design signifiers.
Central to the updated trio and the new release is the inclusion of the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 chronograph movement, a welcome technical upgrade. The three existing watches also received an aesthetic refresh, which includes dropping from 42mm to 41mm in diameter. In doing so, the luxury brand found perfection in proportion. They are legible yet comprehensive, dazzling but refined. A sapphire crystal caseback on the stainless steel case reveals the COSC-certified, in-house movement at work.
Breitling is far from the only wristwatch manufacture to look toward classic cars or the automotive world in general for inspiration—and yet, these four frontrunners represent a carefully considered partnership defined by impeccable design with a dash of pizzazz. All four of the B01 models are permanent additions to Breitling’s core collection and retail for $8000 with a leather strap or $8450 with a steel mesh bracelet.
Hero image of the new Breitling Top Time B01 Classic Cars Collection (from left to right: Top Time B01 Ford Mustang, Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird, Top Time B01 Shelby Cobra, Top Time B01 Chevrolet Corvette), courtesy of Breitling