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WOTW: Breitling Top Time Limited Edition Watch

Is it a bow tie? Is it a mask? What do you see when you look at the dial of the Breitling Top Time Limited Edition watch?

The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition watch is a balance of handsome visual symmetry and interesting colour play. You don’t need to be a bona fide Breitling collector to own a timepiece like this. You just need to have that ability to appreciate the lengths that the brand’s skilled craftsmen and designers have gone to in creating this COSC certified chronometer. It’s a nod to an iconic watch from Breitling’s past – the ref 2003 – a 1960’s throwback that the brand described as an instrument for “young and active professionals”. It identified with both the male and female audience – more specifically those with a taste for bold lines and a distinctly sporty edge.

Breitling launched the original Top Time watch range just before the surge in demand for sporty steel watches took over the industry, revolutionizing the wristwatch culture. Breitling was certainly ahead of its time. The wristwatch was just the right amount of “rugged” and boasted tall piston pushers along with a slim bezel – design elements that are clearly celebrated in the new, redesigned edition that Breitling returns to in this Top Time Limited Edition.

The Top Time’s simple straight lugs also pay homage to the original timepiece, as does an outer decimal scale as opposed to the familiar tachymeter scale seen on so many modern chronograph watches today. The sub-dials stand out vividly thanks to the choice to combine black and white together in this unique layout. While these are just a few examples of how the Breitling Top Time Limited Edition watch remains faithful to the successful ‘60’s versions, Breitling has also put its stamp on a few new attributes. Take, for instance, the use of vibrant red as an accent colour on the dial. These injections of colour serve to enhance legibility but also add to the watch’s overall sporty appearance. The original Breitling ref; 2003 does feature some subtle touches of red on the 30-minute sub-counter at 3 o’clock and the chronograph seconds hand, but the Limited Edition model turns ramps things up a notch by adding an intense red to the central hours and minutes feature too.

Watchmakers at Breitling have thrown a dramatic splash of black at this otherwise stark white dial. It gives the timepiece a memorable and rare look compared to the classic panda dial but also communicates beautifully with the watch’s traditional cocoa brown nubuck strap with a pin buckle fastening. The rare-looking dial design is known as the “Zorro dial” and enables the sub-dials to stand out significantly.

This sporty 60’s revival has a dial that pops and comes with its own blockchain “digital passport,” to verify its authenticity. It even enables collectors to sell their limited edition model via a one-click blockchain transaction system, so it will be interesting to see whether Breitling roll this concept out across a wider range of models over time.

If you were wondering how the Breitling Top Time watch performs, the Valjoux 7753-based Caliber 23 automatic chronograph movement propels the hands around the dial of this sporty, distinguishable Breitling chronograph. It will provide you with a 48-hour power reserve which certainly takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out how long this watch will keep accurate time for once off the wrist. It performs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour behind a snapped steel case back adorned with the “Breitling” lettering across its surface. 

It’s clear just by taking a quick glance of Breitling’s Limited Edition Top Time watch that the company’s design team have pulled out all the stops in creating this unique model. It sings to the retro sports watch lover, yet, just like the original, it exudes youth-orientated aesthetics that you just can’t help but fall in love with. Breitling has manufactured just 2000 of these special timepieces worldwide, so if you want to secure your name next to one, you’re going to want to speak to a member of our watch team at Berry’s today.

View the Breitling Premier 41mm Top Time Zorro Dial Limited Edition Men’s Watch here