Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection

With the trio of unconventional racing chronographs, Breitling’s Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection pays homage to three classic American sports cars from the 1960s: the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang, and the Shelby Cobra.

Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection

The timepieces themselves are a nod to the original 1960s Breitling Top Time models, which were designed for “young and active professionals”. These chronographs with a motoring twist stand out for their bold dial colors with orange and yellow or red and blue touches and racing-themed watch straps in calfskin leather.

Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection

Engraved stainless-steel casebacks showcase each car’s logo in impressive detail, and the chronograph pushers punctuate the dial. All three watches are water-resistant up to 10 bar (100 meters).

Breitling Top Time Chevrolet Corvette

The Top Time Chevrolet Corvette watch in red and black is based on the striking design of the Corvette C2 from the mid-1960s, often referred to as the “Sting Ray” by aficionados.

Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

The green and brown Top Time Ford Mustang version is inspired by a car developed in record time in 1964, sparking a new genre of compact and affordable sports cars. It soon reached iconic status at the hands of rock stars and Hollywood actors and also played an iconic role on the silver screen.

Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra

The Top Time Shelby Cobra version in blue and brown takes inspiration from the formidable machine created by the iconic American race-car driver and manufacturer Carroll Shelby for 1960s competitions, which mixed classic British chassis design with American racing ingenuity and engineering. The watch hints at one of its distinctive paint jobs: blue with white racing stripes.

The 42 mm cases of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang versions house the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 25, a self-winding 1/8th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of about 42 hours.

Breitling Top Time Chevrolet Corvette

Both watches feature a tachymeter scale and three black contrasting subdials. Their dials display the car logos at the 12 o’clock position.

Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

Inside the slightly smaller 40 mm Top Time Shelby Cobra beats the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 41, a self-winding 1/4th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. It has a white tachymeter scale and two white contrasting subdials, plus the Cobra logo at the 6 o’clock position.

Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra

Three Icons of the American Car Culture

The second-generation Chevrolet Corvette, distributed from 1963 to 1967, is the most sought after version of this American legend. The “Sting Ray” took inspiration from a 1959 racing focused prototype. Thanks to its slinky low-profile body, it looks stunning to this day. And with its performance both on the road and on the track, it has always haunted the dreams and sparked the imaginations of aficionados around the world.

Three Icons of the American Car Culture
Three icons of the American car culture: Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra, Ford Mustang (from left to right)

The first-generation Ford Mustang, produced from 1964 to 1969, was compact, affordable, and sporty. With some models suited to families and others ideal for race-focused sportsters, it was a true icon popular among rock stars and actors. It also featured in some of the era’s most popular movies. Automotive enthusiasts know that the original Mustang helped define the coolness of a whole generation. This beloved living legend is still in production and as relevant to today’s customers as it was in the sixties.

In the early 1960s, the Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby imagined a car that combined British chassis design with American racing engineering. He created the Shelby Cobra, a sports car that ingeniously matched a small, light chassis to a strong, reliable American big-block engine. When it was introduced in 1962, the Cobra was met with instant success. The original Shelby Cobra is still a blisteringly fast and sought-after car today.

Technical details

Model: Breitling Top Time Chevrolet Corvette
Reference: A25310241K1X1

Breitling Top Time Chevrolet Corvette

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 25
Diameter: 29.3 millimeters
Depth: 6.9 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical, bidirectional with ball-bearing
Power reserve: approximately 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: 1/8th of a second chronograph, 30-second, 15-minute and 6-hour totalizers
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Height: 13.65 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Caseback: snapped, steel
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets

Dial
Red with black tachymeter scale and black contrasting subdials
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hour and minute hands

Strap
Black racing-themed calfskin leather strap with folding clasp

Model: Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang
Reference: A253101A1L1X1

Breitling Top Time Ford Mustang

Movement
Breitling Caliber 25
Diameter: 29.3 millimeters
Depth: 6.9 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical, bidirectional with ball-bearing
Power reserve: approximately 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: 1/8th of a second chronograph, 30-second, 15-minute and 6-hour totalizers
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 42 millimeters
Height: 13.65 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Caseback: snapped, steel
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets

Dial
Green with black tachymeter scale and black contrasting subdials
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hour and minute hands

Strap
Brown racing-themed calfskin leather strap with folding clasp

Model: Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra
Reference: A41315A71C1X2

Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra

Movement
Breitling Caliber 41
Diameter: 25.4 millimeters
Depth: 6.8 millimeters
Winder: self-winding mechanical, bidirectional with ball-bearing
Power reserve: approximately 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minutes
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 40 millimeters
Height: 13.30 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Caseback: snapped, steel
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets

Dial
Blue with white tachymeter scale and white contrasting subdials
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hour and minute hands

Strap
Brown racing-themed calfskin leather strap with folding clasp