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Breitling Celebrates Three Legendary Sports Cars with the Release of its Top Time Classic Collection

Breitling celebrates American automotive culture with the Top Time Classic Cars Capsule collection. Recognising three legacy icon muscle machines of the 1960s – the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang, and the Shelby Cobra – its new collection adopted the design features of these muscle motors as the foundations behind the collection.

Breitling is appreciated for contributing precision-made chronometers for aviators since 1884, the luxury Swiss watchmaker has its feet firmly on the ground with its new collection. Instead of planes, it’s the 1960s muscle cars providing the inspiration for the three new Breitling Top Time watches.

Each stunning timepiece displays the signature colour of the car and carries a stamp of the car’s insignia. A green dial for the Ford Mustang, a red and black dial for the Chevrolet Corvette and blue for the Shelby Cobra piece.

This collection embodies a renewal of the 1960s muscle car era brought into the modern age of watchmaking technology. The design features plenty of period-correct touches that are cleverly blended with the latest chronograph workings under the hood.

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It’s a retro-forward meeting of mid-century cars and modern watches. While wholly sharing an overarching theme, the separate watches each have an individual design brought about by the badge it bears. Let’s take a look at each of the three custom chronographs.

Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra

The beautiful blue of the Shelby Cobra is an iconic colour that perfectly suits the stylish design of a Breitling Top Time. The smallest size of the three watches features a stainless steel case of 40mm in diameter and 13.3mm thick. The twin sub-dial arrangement with small seconds and 30-minute counter tributes Shelby’s knack for ingeniously pairing a small, light chassis with a big block engine.

The two dials leave the perfect spot for the Shelby Cobra logo at 6-o’clock and matched to a brown racing-themed calfskin leather strap, the watch has real racing magic. Inside, the Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra Chronograph has a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 41 movement.

Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang is a 1960s icon helping to define the sophistication of a complete era. The same prowess forms this collection of Breitling Top Time which feature a forest green dial with orange and yellow details along with the first third of the tachymeter scale. The slightly larger 42mm diameter and 13.65mm thick case holds the three black chronograph subdials with the Mustang pony logo centerstage.

The inner workings of this timepiece feature Breitling’s slightly larger Caliber 25 – a COSC-certified chronometer precise up to 1/8th of a second with a power reserve of around 42 hours.

Breitling Top Time Chevrolet Corvette

Rounding up the colourful capsule is the last of the trio, the Chevy Corvette. Pairing the same larger dial with the same Caliber 25 as the Mustang, the Corvette stands out with its racing red dial. The iconic double-flag Chevrolet Corvette logo lives in prime position at 12 0’clock below the Breitling logo and turns the case over to witness the logo’s second iteration.

Possibly the sportiest of the Breitling Top Time Collection, the Corvette makes its mark with boldly contrasting black subdials and matching leather rally strap.

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