Breitling is increasingly positioning itself as the revhead’s brand of choice. The iconoclastic independent Swiss watchmaker has always been closely associated with aviation and cool planes, but recent releases – especially new editions of their classic Top Time chronograph – have started to embrace other forms of internal combustion engined transport.
First, we’ve got the Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection (try saying that three times fast), which celebrates some of the most iconic American muscle cars ever made. We also saw Breitling team up with Deus Ex Machina, the legendary Australian motorbike custom shop, on a special Top Time limited edition, too.
Now, Breitling has joined forces with a legendary British motorbike brand, Triumph, on yet another retro-inspired, revhead-approved Top Time collection in order to celebrate Triumph’s 120-year anniversary… And as much as Aussie pride would have us defend the Top Time Deus, we reckon these new models might just be the prettiest Top Times yet.
Check out the new Breitling Top Time Triumph below.
What makes the Breitling Top Time Triumph (ref. A23311121C1X1) so pretty, then? Well, it’s its dial. Ice-blue, the dial features a distinctive brushed finish with a retro bow-tie motif that’s been nicknamed “the Zorro dial” by Top Time collectors. Ice- or light-blue dials are really in right now in the luxury watch world, and the Top Time Triumph is a particularly tasty example.
Other details enthusiasts will approve of are the old-school Breitling and Triumph logos that sit subtly at 12 and 6 o’clock and how the casebacks are etched with a detailed design sketch of Triumph’s parallel-twin engine. Under the hood, the thoroughly modern, COSC-certified chronometer Breitling Caliber 23 movement powers the capable chrono.
As part of this release, Triumph is launching 270 co-branded motorcycles – the Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition, which features an ice-blue paint job reminiscent of the watch. Buyers of the fire-breathing café racer will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive version of the Top Time Triumph, the Speed Twin Owners’ Limited Edition (ref. A233111A1C1X1), which features a sunray dial instead of a Zorro dial and an engraved caseback featuring the individual number of the bike.
Retailing for AU$7,590, the Breitling Top Time Triumph is just that – a triumph – and is available for pre-order at Breitling’s online boutique here.