Express your style with the unconventional modern retro watch.
Breitling has once again delivered an incredible timepiece to the watch community with the launch of their new Top Time Limited Edition; the style of which is both stylish and playful. It’s hard to imagine a better way to express your personal style than with a truly great chronograph, and it’s safe to say that the new Breitling Top Time Limited Edition is a unique chronograph with its elegant yet playful appearance!
Like the 1960’s model that inspired it, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this watch doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s undoubtedly a refreshing style to see on the market right now.
More than half a century after introducing its Top Time watch, Breitling has implemented a modern technological advancement to the watch - the new and upgraded model will be the first Breitling watch to have a blockchain-based digital passport; a technical element that confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. The passport will hold all the information about the watch, including its serial number, ownership and service history.
The digital passport will also come with a digital warranty program that offers absolute security. This cutting-edge technology makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand and have access to Breitling’s new services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program.
The history of Breitling’s Top Time
Originally launched in the 1960s, the Top Time was a watch with a clear mission. The watch was described as being “particularly suited to the needs of the young and active professionals” by Willy Breitling, who also stated that “We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time.” The watch appealed to the active demographic during its launch in the 60’s, but also attracted young women who were drawn to its bold new lines and undeniable elegance.
Now to look at the specifics:
- 41-millimeter stainless-steel case
- Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours
- COSC-certified chronometer
- The red hour and minute hands (as well as the dot markers) are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions
- The dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second counter at the 9 o'clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock.
- This striking watch is limited to 2000 pieces
- Caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.”
- Currently listed at £4,100
It’s worth noting that one of the features this new timepiece doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time used by James Bond by Q in Thunderball. In the film, Bond used the watch to avert a nuclear catastrophe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, style is always essential - and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance.
CEO of Breitling, Georges Kern, commented on the launch:
“Breitling aficionados have always loved the Top Time’s dial. When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that appealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960s, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often-overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”
Tim Vaux gave us some feedback on the new release:
"And in an act that surprises nobody at this point, Breitling has done it again! Re-released another beautiful looking watch, with modern touches that looks to appeal to a younger audience. I've got to say, I do really enjoy Breitling's refreshing approach to releases in the past few years. They have really listened to what their customer base loves about the brand combined with what is hot right now in the world of horology. For Breitling as well, the price isn't unattainably high either. 2020 is looking like a good one for Breitling!"
Breitling has a well-respected place among watch brands, and deservedly so. A longstanding partner of aviation, a field where reliability and precision play a vital role, the brand has always devoted premier importance to the quality of its products, designed to withstand intensive use in the most trying conditions.
Breitling is a chronograph specialist that has played a key role in the technical development of this complication, including by inventing the two independent push-pieces and by presenting the first self-winding chronograph (1969).
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