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Introducing the Breitling B21 Top Time Classic Cars Collection: Now Featuring a Tourbillon


Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon - Image Courtesy of Breitling

Breitling, a name synonymous with precision and luxury in the world of timekeeping, continues its legacy with the introduction of the Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon. This remarkable collection is a celebration of Breitling's heritage as a pioneer in crafting luxury sport chronographs, dating back to the 1940s. Let's look into the details of this Top Time collection that pays homage to iconic American sports cars while introducing a groundbreaking tourbillon movement.


If you're more into the aviation legacy of Breitling and prefer GMT functions and a Pilot aesthetic, be sure to check out the recent Avenger collection new releases.

 

Breitling's Chronograph Legacy

Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon Corvette - Image Courtesy of Breitling

Since the 1940s, Breitling has been pushing the boundaries of precision chronographs, and the Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon is a testament to this tradition. The incorporation of a tourbillon into this collection underscores Breitling's commitment to innovation and excellence in watchmaking.

 

The Tourbillon & Material Use

Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon Mustang - Image Courtesy of Breitling

At the core of the Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon beats the Breitling Caliber B21, a movement that debuted in the Premier Tourbillon. Collaborating with specialty movement maker Manufacture La Joux-Perret, Breitling took a unique approach by combining a tourbillon with a chronograph. This marks the first appearance of a tourbillon in the Top Time Collection, elevating the collection to new heights.


Breitling's dedication to craftsmanship is evident in the use of exotic materials for the Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon. The cases feature combinations of bronze, ceramic, and titanium, creating a harmonious blend of durability and sophistication. One of the dials is adorned with walnut burl, adding a touch of elegance and paying homage to the classic sports cars it represents.

 

Style and Speed - Breitling Top Time

Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon Shelby Cobra - Image Courtesy of Breitling

Introduced in the 1960s to cater to individuals with active lifestyles, the Top Time Collection has evolved into a symbol of style and speed. Willy Breitling, the third-generation founder, envisioned a chronograph that transcended traditional tool watches, resulting in the creation of the Top Time series. The modern retro design, mushroom chronograph pushers, and distinctive dial layout make it a favorite among car and motorcycle enthusiasts.

 

Top Time Classic Cars Collection


Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon - Image Courtesy of Breitling

The Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon celebrates collaborations with iconic American sports car makers – Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, and Shelby Cobra. Each model pays tribute to its respective classic car, combining a contemporary design with elements that reflect the spirit of the '60s.


The Top Time B21 Ford Mustang features a bronze case and a green dial reminiscent of the first-generation Ford Mustang.

Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon Mustang - Image Courtesy of Breitling

The Top Time B21 Shelby Cobra boasts a black ceramic case with a blue dial, inspired by the legendary car created by Carroll Shelby in 1962.

Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon Cobra - Image Courtesy of Breitling

The Top Time B21 Chevrolet Corvette showcases a black ceramic case, a walnut burl dial, and a perforated leather racing strap, capturing the essence of the iconic "Sting Ray" Chevy Corvette.

Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon
Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon Corvette - Image Courtesy of Breitling

 

Precision Engineering

Breitling Caliber B21: Developed in collaboration with Manufacture La Joux-Perret, the Breitling Caliber B21 operates at a frequency of 28,800 a/h with a power reserve of 55 hours. Its column-wheel-controlled design with a horizontal clutch ensures precision and reliability. Certified as a chronometer by COSC, the movement features a skeletonized oscillating weight, offering a captivating view of the column wheel through the caseback. The tourbillon, a highlight of this timepiece, counteracts the effects of gravity on accuracy. Each caseback is engraved with the respective automaker adding to the aesthetic.



 

Final Thoughts

In unveiling the Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon, Breitling seamlessly combines style, precision, and automotive elegance. This collection pays homage to the brand's rich history and the iconic American sports cars that inspired it.


With exotic materials, innovative movements, and a design that echoes the spirit of the '60s, this timepiece stands as a symbol of Breitling's ongoing commitment to excellence in the world of luxury watches. Embrace the legacy, embrace the speed – the Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon is a true marvel that captures the essence of both timekeeping and automotive passion.


Learn more about the Breitling Top Time B21 Classic Cars Chronograph Tourbillon below

All models have a recommended retail price of $47,000.oo USD

 

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