Sixties style: Breitling Top Time Limited Edition

The brilliantly retro Breitling Top Time Limited Edition brings back one of the watchmaker's best-loved and most recognisable dials

Watches & Jewellery 1 Apr 2020

Breitling Top Time Limited Edition

Breitling first launched the Top Time in the 1960s to strengthen its appeal with a new generation of modern, urban professionals, marking a departure from the rugged, pilot watches for which the watchmaker was best known. This chic new collection quickly found favour for its combination of a sophisticated aesthetic with the company’s trademark precision timekeeping. It was considered so reliable, in fact, that James Bond even used the watch to help avert a nuclear catastrophe in 1965 film Thunderball.

More than half a century later, Breitling is bringing back one its most distinctive dials, affectionately referred to by collectors as the ‘Zorro’, in a new watch limited to 2,000 pieces. The bold design features a graphic, monochromatic look, punctuated by flashes of red on the hands, which are coated with Super-LumiNova┬« for added legibility. Powered by the reliable, COSC-certified Breitling 23 chronograph movement, the watch comes presented on a brown leather nubuck strap, completing its vintage feel.

The timepiece is also the first from the brand to come with a blockchain-based digital passport, confirming the ownership and authenticity of the watch. This technology, which complements Breitling’s digital warranty program, also allows ownership to be transferred over should the owner wish.

£4,100; breitling.com