Breitling takes on the Ford Thunderbird chronograph race

Swiss brand Breitling expands its Top Time Classic Car chronograph collection with a new stylish timepiece.

Breitling Top Time Classic Car watch collection

April 5, 2023: Breitling’s Top Time Classic Car chronograph collection, inspired by the American sports cars of the 1960s, proved to be a bestseller in 2021. Sharing the same spirit and style of that era, this year sees the arrival of yet another classic timepiece, a sporty Ford Thunderbird model with a red strap, a clean white dial, and red chronograph hands, offering a view to the iconic Thunderbird logo.

Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, said, “The Top Time represented a break from traditional watch design for a generation that was breaking with convention in every way. We are going after that sense of freedom and fun with the 1960s-inspired Top Time Classic Cars collection, and are thrilled to once again partner with Ford to introduce the new Thunderbird model, along with updated versions of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, and Shelby Cobra chronographs.” 

Breitling Top Time Classic Car watch collection Ford Thunderbird

Like its style-driven 1960s predecessor, the latest Ford Thunderbird chronograph’s 41-mm stainless-steel case is a comfortable size for car and watch lovers of all stripes. Powered by the Breitling caliber 01, this timepiece boasts a power reserve of 70 hours and an enhanced case back with a water resistance to 100 meters. What's more, the watch has perforated leather racing strap, speed-measuring tachymeter scale, and ‘squircle’ shaped subdials are evocative of vintage dashboard gauges. 

Breitling Top Time Classic Car watch collection Ford Thunderbird

From the designs to the mechanism, the Top Time chronographs – which were first launched in 1964 – brought the spirit of the vintage cars and became a fast favorite among motor enthusiasts and the fashion set. Edgy and bold, its graphic designs took over magazines and the silver screen, when world’s favorite spy, James Bond wore an iteration in the 1965 movie Thunderball. Encapsulating the allure of the 1960s blended with modern designs, the newest Ford Thunderbird chronograph is timeless. 

- By Pritha Debroy

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