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Breitling - The return of the Top Time

When the original Breitling Top Time was launched in the 1960s, its mission was clearly to adress to the young and active professionals. “We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time ”, said Willy Breitling.

Le retour de la Top Time

Top Time Ref 2003, 1960 © Breitling

The sports watch appealed to that demographic but also attracted young women, who were drawn to its bold new lines and its undeniable elegance. And now, Breitling is reintroducing the Top Time, a collectors’ favorite with one of the most recognizable dials in all of watchmaking.

Top Time 2020

Like the 1960s model, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this is a watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But that playful face doesn’t disguise the superb chronograph performance, which is pure Breitling.

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Top Time Limited Edition, 2020 © Breitling

“Breitling aficionados have always loved the Top Time’s dial”, Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented. “When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that appealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960s, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often-overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”

Le retour de la Top Time

© Breitling

Inside the Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case is a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The red hour and minute hands as well as the dot markers for each hour are coated with Super-LumiNova®, that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second counter at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. 

The new Breitling Top Time’s modern retro look is complemented by its brown nubuck leather strap. The watch is limited to 2000 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.”

Le retour de la Top Time

© Breitling

One of the few features this new chronograph doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time handed to James Bond by Q in 1965’s Thunderball. The world’s favorite spy used the watch to avert a nuclear catastrophe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, of course, style is always essential, and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance.

Digital passport

The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition will be the brand’s first watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the watch’s digital passport at any time and transfer ownership – if they choose to do so – with a simple blockchain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also complement Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program by offering the absolute security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This cutting-edge technology, which makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously, allows Breitling to add new online services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program.

The Breitling Top Time is on sale for USD 4,990.00 on Breitling’s e-commerce channel and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date.


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Monday, 05 June 2023