What better place than Geneva Watch Days to introduce your new watches to the world, right? And that’s exactly what Breitling did, introducing their new Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection, which pays homage to three classic American sports cars from the 1960s.
This unconventional trio of racing chronographs are inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette (red), the Ford Mustang (green) and the Shelby Cobra (blue), three icons of the American car culture. The timepieces themselves are a nod to the original 1960s Breitling Top Time models, which were designed for “young and active professionals”. Today’s modern-retro interpretations are perhaps even more youthful and free-spirited.
These three disruptive chronographs with a motoring twist stand out for their bold dial colors with orange and yellow or red and blue touches and racing-themed watch straps in calfskin leather. Engraved stainless-steel casebacks showcase each car’s logo in impressive detail, and the chronograph pushers punctuate the dial. All three watches are water-resistant up to 100m.
The range includes the Top Time Chevrolet Corvette in red and black, based on the striking design of the Corvette C2 “Sting Ray” from the mid-1960s. Then there’s the green and brown Top Time Ford Mustang version, inspired by the car that sparked a new genre of compact and affordable sports cars. Last up is the Top Time Shelby Cobra version in blue and brown, which revolves around the formidable machine created by the iconic American race-car driver and manufacturer Carroll Shelby for 1960s competitions.
Both the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang versions get 42 mm cases housing the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 25, a self-winding 1/8th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of about 42 hours. Both watches feature a tachymeter scale and three black contrasting subdials. Their dials display the car logos at the 12 o’clock position.
Inside the slightly smaller 40 mm Top Time Shelby Cobra beats the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 41, a self-winding 1/4th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. It has a white tachymeter scale and two white contrasting subdials, plus the Cobra logo at the 6 o’clock position.
Needless to say, if you’re someone who owns one of these classic American sports cars, one of these watches would make a nice addition, allowing you to bring the spirit of your beloved ride with you wherever you go.
The Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection will be produced for just one year, with each watch selling for roughly $5,700.