Weekly Watch by Priyanka Sippy
In so many conversations recently, I’ve heard phrases like ‘The good old days’ or ‘I long for simpler times. And thought it apt to feature the new launch, Breitling Top Time, a fabulous example of how you can combine the best of the past with the expertise of the present and come out tops.
Throwback to the 1960’s, an era of pop culture, also known as the swinging 60’s, saw the launch of the Breitling Top Time, a timepiece targeted at the young, upwardly mobile of that generation. The watch was the timepiece of choice for 007, in the 1965 James Bond movie, Thunderbolt, and garnered a huge fan following. Targeted at young professionals, the timepiece launched as a chronograph with a sporty look, trendy and sophisticated, with a huge appeal to the female audience as well
Breitling now unveils their upgraded and modern version, with the same classy and trendy persona that stole hearts more than half a century ago. The dial is vibrant and playful, but don’t let it deceive you. The Zorro dial, as collectors know it, is host to a fabulous chronograph performance, which is signature Breitling.
The Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case has a Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its accuracy is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer. The hour and minute hands and hourly dot markers stand out in a stylish red and are coated with Super-LumiNova®,ensuring legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two sub dials – a small second counter at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. The modern retro look of the timepiece is beautifully offset with a brown buck leather strap. A limited edition of 2000 pieces, the case back is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.”
The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition is the brand’s first watch that comes with a block chain-based digital passport, that 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 wish, with a simple block chain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also enhance Breitling’s state-of-the-art digital warranty program by ensuring the ultimate security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This trailblazing technology, enabling customers to engage with the brand anonymously, permits Breitling to add new online services extending from advanced client servicing to a revolutionary care program.
Starring in 1965’s Thunderbolt, the James Bond movie, the watch was used by 007 to avert a nuclear catastrophe. This new chronograph doesn’t have a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time featured in the movie! Stylish and suave, and recommended by Bond, this timepiece says it all.
AS Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “Breitling aficionados have always loved the Top Time’s dial. 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.”
The Breitling Top Time launched on Breitling’s e-commerce channel and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date. With one of the most identifiable dials in the watch universe, this suave timepiece is a style statement and an amazing example of technological excellence in horology.