A distinctive celebration of design and freedom, Breitling’s new Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection pays homage to classic sports cars from the 1960s.
If there’s one symbol of Americana that’s known around the world, it has to be the classic muscle car. From the Shelby Cobra to the Ford Mustang, these iconic rides ubiquitous and endearing, known the world over and coveted by auto enthusiasts years after their release. Now, a new collection of timepieces from Breitling celebrates the American muscle car in all its redlining glory.
This unconventional trio of new racing chronographs draws inspiration from the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang, and the Shelby Cobra, three icons of the American car culture. Taking their design cues from the original 1960s Breitling Top Time models, these modern-retro interpretations are just as youthful and free-spirited, with each boasting bold dial colours in orange, yellow, red or blue, water resistance to 10 bar, and racing-themed straps in calfskin.
The new range includes the Top Time Chevrolet Corvette in red and black (above), based on the striking design of the Corvette C2 from the mid-1960s, often referred to as the “Sting Ray” (did you know that carmaker Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss racing driver born in the watchmaking city of La Chaux-de-Fonds?); the green and brown Top Time Ford Mustang version, inspired by a model that sparked a new genre of compact and affordable sports cars; and the Top Time Shelby Cobra version (below) in blue and brown, which pays homage to a whip that mixed classic British chassis design with American racing ingenuity and engineering.
The 42 mm cases of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang versions house 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.
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