The Core Breitling Top Time with the Triumph Motorcycles
Unusual chronograph from Breitling with a café racer attitude from the 1960s. Early in the 1960s, when auto racing was in its prime, an entire subculture had developed around “café racers,” fashionable motorcycles that were employed to ferry their riders from hip café to hip café. With a completely new design for the timepiece, Willy Breitling hoped to represent the speed-driven fashion of the day. Here comes the Breitling Top Time, an outlandish chronograph that quickly became popular with a sporty in-crowd of both men and women lured to the watch’s daring proportions.
Today, Breitling and British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph have created a stunning new Top Time partnership that brings that freewheeling 1960s attitude back. The ice-blue dial, which has an eye-catching twist on a Top Time pattern known as the “Zorro” design, is the watch’s main attraction. In contrast to how it typically appears, which is as a contrasting color framing the two sub-counters like the cunning swordsman’s mask, it is achieved here with a brushed finish that produces a brilliant play of light and texture.
Features include oversized mushroom pushers that allow for simple control over the chronograph’s stop-start and reset functions. The distinctive ice-blue color has two significant archival references: a blue Triumph Thunderbird 6T from 1951 and a rare ice-blue Breitling Top Time Ref. 815 from the 1970s.
Speed values are easily readable on a tachymeter scale with high contrast. While the Breitling and Triumph emblems are subtly placed at 12 and 6 o’clock, the hero dial is allowed to stand out on the muted racing-themed calfskin leather strap. Similar to the original, the diameter of 41mm fits both sexes. For Triumph enthusiasts, the Top Time Triumph is a must-have item, but you don’t need to own a motorcycle that turns heads to be drawn to its eye-catching appearance.
The highlight of The Breitling top time triumph watch
References for this distinctive color include a rare, blue-dialed Breitling Top Time Ref. 815 from the 1970s as well as the Polychromatic Blue Triumph Thunderbird 6T from 1951.
The hero dial is highlighted with a calfskin leather strap with an understated racing theme. At 12 and 6, respectively, are discreet trademarks for Breitling and Triumph. Large mushroom pushers make stopping, starting, and resetting the chronograph simple, and a high-contrast tachymeter scale makes it easy to read speed readings. The Breitling Caliber 23, a chronometer with COSC certification and a power reserve of about 48 hours, powers the watches.
TOP TIME TRIUMPH A23311121C1X1 TECHNICAL DATA
|Power reserve||Approx. 48 hrs|
|Chronograph||1/4th second, 30 minutes|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Water resistance||3 bars|
|Crown||Non screw-locked, one gasket|
|Crystal||Convex sapphire crystal, glareproofed both sides|
|Product Weight (Approx.)||97.0 g.|
|Watch-head Weight (Approx.)||77.4 g.|
|Height (upper lug tip to lower lug tip)||51.5 mm|
|Lug width (in-between lug)||20.0 mm|
|Strap material||Calfskin leather|
|Buckle Material||Stainless steel|
|Buckle type||Folding clasp|
|Buckle size||18 mm|
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