For Triumph fans, the Top Time Triumph is an absolute must-have, but you don’t have to have a head-turning motorcycle to fall for this attention-grabbing design.
The spectacular ice-blue dial is an attention-grabber, just like the café racers that inspired it. With its tachymeter and chronograph functions—not to mention its roadworthy good looks—the new Top Time Triumph is ready to roll when you are.
In the early 1960s, auto-racing was having a heyday, and a whole subculture had sprung up around “café racers,” stylish motorcycles, used to literally transport their riders from hip café to hip café. Willy Breitling wanted to capture the speed-driven style of the day with a completely new take on the timekeeper.
Enter the Breitling Top Time, an unconventional chronograph that became an instant hit with a sporty in-crowd of men and women equally drawn to the watch’s bold proportions. Today that freewheeling 1960s spirit is back in a spectacular new Top Time collaboration between Breitling and British motorcycle brand Triumph.
The star of this watch is the ice-blue dial with its striking take on a Top Time motif known as the “Zorro” design. While it usually takes the form of a contrasting color that frames the two sub-counters like the wily swordsman’s mask, here it’s achieved with a brushed finish that creates a radiant play of light and texture. The unique ice-blue color has two major archival references: a blue Triumph Thunderbird 6T from 1951 and a rare ice-blue Breitling Top Time Ref. 815 from the 1970s.
Features include oversized mushroom pushers that allow for easy control over the chronograph’s stop-start and reset functions. A high-contrast tachymeter scale provides clear legibility of speed readings. The subdued racing-themed calfskin leather strap lets the hero dial shine, while the Breitling and Triumph logos sit subtly at 12 and 6 o’clock. 41mm, the diameter is, like the original, a fit for both sexes.