Meet the Top Time watches and Speed Twin motorcycle behind a spectacular new collaboration inspired by 1960s café-racer culture.
Capturing the speed-driven style of the 1960s, Breitling's Top Time is an unconventional chronograph that has been a favourite of young and active professionals since its inception.
Today, the Top Time is back in it's original spirit with a collaboration between Breitling and British motorcycle brand Triumph. Now in its 120th year, Triumph combines historic craftsmanship with contemporary design to create its classic motorcycles.
“Triumph’s heritage and modern-retro aesthetic are just two of the many things we have in common,” said Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. “Their blending of tradition with technology is completely in sync with what we do.”
For their debut collaboration, Breitling has produced the Top Time Triumph watch with a distinctive brushed finish in the bow tie motif, lovingly nicknamed "the Zorro dial" by Top Time collectors.
Meanwhile, Triumph is launching 270 co-branded motorcycles - the Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition - whose buyers will have the opportunity to purchase a special owner's version of the Top Time Triumph. The owner's edition features a sunray dial and engraved case back featuring the individual number of the bike.
The star of both watches are their ice-blue dials. This unique colour references a blue Triumph Thunderbird 6T from 1951 and a rare, blue-dialed Breitling Ref. 815 from the 1970s.
Features include a subdued racing-themed calfskin leather strap that lets the hero dial shine; Breitling and Triumph logos that sit subtly at 12 and 6 o’clock; oversized mushroom pushers that allow for easy control of the chronograph’s stop-start and reset functions; and a high contrast tachymeter scale that provides clear legibility of speed readings.
The watches are powered by the Breitling Caliber 23, a COSC-certified chronometer with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. And one more cool feature collectors will love: the casebacks are etched with a detailed design sketch of Triumph’s parallel twin engine.
Of the co-branded watches, Triumph CEO Nick Bloor said: “This collaboration is born out of a shared philosophy of bold and original design. The Top Time Triumph brings that uncompromising style and craftsmanship together.”
At a 41 mm diameter, the Top Time Triumph is, like the original, a fit for both sexes. For fans of the Triumph brand and prospective owners of the Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition motorcycle, it’s an absolute must-have.