Breitling has enhanced its precision chronographs since the 1940s, notably with high complications. Recently, they introduced a tourbillon to the Top Time Classic Cars Collection, which pays homage to iconic vehicles like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, and Shelby Cobra. The new Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon represents both speed and Breitling’s pioneering status in luxury sport chronographs.
The watch features the Breitling Caliber B21, first seen in the Premier Tourbillon. This movement, developed in collaboration with Manufacture La Joux-Perret, uniquely combines a tourbillon and a chronograph. This is a first for the Top Time Collection. The watch incorporates materials like bronze, ceramic, titanium, and walnut burl for dials.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern emphasizes that the tourbillon addition exemplifies the brand’s fusion of functionality, sophistication, and style, reflecting the essence of the classic cars it symbolizes.
The Top Time Collection, launched in the 1960s, was aimed at active lifestyle consumers. Its founder, Willy Breitling, intended the Top Time to be a style-focused chronograph, diverging from the traditional tool watches. The series quickly became popular among car and motorcycle enthusiasts. It continues to evolve with modern retro designs, featuring mushroom chronograph pushers and a unique dial layout. The tourbillon is positioned at 12 o’clock, and a distinctive “squircle” shaped chronograph minute counter at 6 o’clock, inspired by vintage dashboard gauges, with a tachymeter scale encircling the outer dial.
The 43-mm Top Time B21 Ford Mustang features a bronze case with a titanium rear and a green dial, reflecting the hues of the initial Ford Mustang models made from 1964 to 1974. This car epitomized the uninhibited essence of the 1960s.