For years and years, Breitling has been a name synonymous with high-quality timepieces. As a matter of fact, they have very much made a name for themselves among the elite, often mentioned in the same sentence as Rolex or Tag Heuer. More recently, they have teamed up with another icon in order to create something completely different. The recent partnership with Triumph Motorcycles is probably one of the most unique business ideas to come along in some time. After all, people don't normally associate watches and motorcycles with each other, especially not in the type of collaboration that these two companies have entered into. That said, you have two iconic companies that have been around for decades that are creating different pieces in order to celebrate each other. That is precisely what the Breitling Top Time Triumph series is all about. It's also one of the most beautiful timepieces you're likely to set your eyes on for the foreseeable future.
The History Behind It All
It was the 1960s and Breitling had just introduced the Top Time, a brand new line of timepieces for their company. At the same time, Triumph Motorcycles was coming into its own. This was an iconic time for both companies, a time when they set themselves apart from virtually all of their competition. It's also a time that is revisited with this new series from Breitling. Just in case you're interested, it's also worth noting that Breitling isn't the only company of the two that has created something brand-new as a celebration of this particular collaboration. In fact, Triumph Motorcycles also has a brand new bike out designed to do exactly the same thing. For the purposes of this particular article, the only thing that will be discussed is Breitling, but it's definitely worth noting that both companies are producing new products in order to celebrate one another. Who knows, you might be in the market for both a new watch and a new motorcycle. If that's the case, this is more than worth checking out.
Fashion That Never Goes Out Of Style
One of the things that makes Breitling so iconic is the fact that the timepieces they create never really seemed to go out of style. In fact, they only seem to get better with age. Back in the 1960s when the original Top Time watches were created, it was all about manufacturing something that was capable of reflecting the attitude of that particular era. Things were changing in the world and while some of that change was truly frightening, much of it felt new and exciting. As a result, the watches produced by Breitling during the 1960s reflected those attitudes, especially the Top Time series. These watches were bold chronographs that had a tendency to stand out from virtually anything else that was available at the time. It didn't take long for them to become the go-to watches for both men and women, especially those of a younger generation who no longer wanted to do things the same way that their parents and grandparents had done them. Remember, the 1960s was a time of transition when many of the old ideals that had taken root during the 1940s and 50s were being put aside. In many ways, progress was happening at a breakneck pace. The original Top Time watches reflected the same attitudes in both their design and their functionality. They became so popular with younger individuals who wanted to make a bold statement that they became the go-to timepieces for people who considered themselves rather progressive at that particular point in time. In this current release of the Breitling Top Time, the company is recapturing that same attitude. However, there is a solid nod to the nostalgia of the 1960s. The company felt it would be remiss to ignore the very foundation that has allowed them to enjoy this collaboration. As such, they wanted to create something that was new, bold and exciting while still paying homage to the classic watches of the 1960s that became so popular in the first place.
Two Versions Of A Legend
There are two versions of this Breitling Triumph Top Time watch that are being produced. The first is a core collection version and it features a vertically brushed, opalescent dial. The second incorporates a sunray dial that is so radiant you can practically see it glowing from across the room. It's referred to as the owners only version. There are many things to be appreciated about these timepieces, but before you get too far ahead of yourself, one of the most important things is to simply take a moment to appreciate the bold design of the watches when it comes to their appearance alone. Imagine having a watch with a beautiful brushed opalescent blue dial that is encased in a stainless steel case with a dark genuine leather band designed to set off the whole design. It's one of the smartest looking watches to come along in years, perhaps even decades. One of the most unique things about it is that select customers have the opportunity to have the serial number of their bike engraved into the back of the watch, something that will forever link the two together.
Owning Two Iconic Items
Perhaps the most special opportunity here lies not just in owning one of these two fine timepieces, but also in having the opportunity to purchase a Triumph motorcycle that has been designed and created just to commemorate this partnership along with purchasing a watch designed to do exactly the same thing. That is essentially the purpose of the owners only watch, and that is precisely why people who purchase both have the opportunity to get the serial number of their bike engraved on the back. If that's not enough to impress you, there's more. There's also a very detailed sketch of the bike itself on the back of the case. Of course, it only stands to reason that the owners only version is the one that offers the beautiful sunray design on the dial. Of course, if you don't actually make the decision to own one of these Triumph motorcycles, then you can still enjoy the collaboration between the two companies by purchasing the core collection. The two watches are designed in the same manner and they look very much the same, with the exception of the sunray dial. If you will remember from an earlier paragraph, the core collection features an opalescent, brushed dial. That said, they both incorporate the same brilliant color of blue and of course, they're both stunningly beautiful.
It would be virtually impossible to talk about any timepiece made by Breitling without getting into the nuts and bolts of it all. That's what most people genuinely want to know when it comes to talking about a particular watch. The truth is, the way a watch looks is very important, but very few people would ever argue that it's more important than the way it functions. In this particular case, you have a curved sapphire crystal that prevents glare from both sides as well as a tachometer function that is designed to keep track of anything that goes fast. It’s set exactly opposite the stopwatch included on the face of the dial. It's also worth noting that both of these subsets are done in black and white, something that stands out against the blue color on the face of the dial. This color also complements the darker color of the strap very well. Of course, you've got both the Breitling and the Triumph logo on the face of the watch. It might sound like this is a very busy time piece with a lot going on, but it's all done in an incredibly subtle and elegant manner. As such, it doesn't look like everything is crowded into a single product. In fact, it looks like everything was very well planned out from the beginning. The controls for both of the subsets can be found on the side of the watch. Their design incorporates a mushroom push button style constructed from the same stainless steel that the case is made from. The watch is also large enough to have a genuine presence about it at 41 mm in diameter. Just in case you're interested, it's also worth noting that the watches are water resistant to a depth of 30 meters.
By now, you’re probably wondering what powers these two dynamic watches. You’ll be glad to know that the power comes from Breitling’s own Caliber 23, a 4Hz chronometer with a 48 hour power reserve. It’s also worth noting that this particular chronometer is COSC-certified, further adding to the value and high-end workmanship of the watch. It’s also worth noting that the quality associated with the line of watches is so high that the company offers a complete warranty for two years. There is little doubt that a lot of the more prestigious watch companies offer similar warranties, but this one tends to be a bit more inclusive. Breitling has definitely gone the extra mile here, leaving no stone unturned. Since they are confident that they have left nothing to chance, they have made the decision to back that up with a warranty that covers practically everything you can imagine, even if the problem isn’t entirely their fault. That means that they have a product that they are confident in. It can undoubtedly take more than its fair share of abuse without missing a beat or they wouldn’t offer such a comprehensive warranty. That fact alone speaks volumes about the high quality of this line of watches. The fact that you can purchase a watch that incorporates many of the same colors and design motifs as the bike itself only serves to ratchet up the quality level even more.
No Explanation Required
Every once in a while, a product comes along that simply doesn’t require any explanation because it speaks for itself. That is precisely what you have here with both of these watches, not to mention the motorcycle from Triumph. There is little doubt that there will be plenty of additional collaborations of this type that are seen in the future, especially given the work and marketing that has gone into this one. Perhaps the greatest thing about both the bike and the timepiece is that they are bold without being obnoxious in their design. For example, the watch sits fairly high on the wrist, thanks in part to the domed sapphire crystal. When coupled with its 41 mm diameter, it definitely creates a bold presence when worn on the wrist, yet it's not something that is so bold that it looks out of place. In this case, you could say that both the bike and the watches are designed in much the same way. They're made to create a statement, yet they also speak for themselves so well that there is no need to shout that statement from across the room. As such, you have watches that are very well designed from both an anesthetic and mechanical perspective. You also have something that is likely to stand the test of time. If you're wondering how much one of these watches is likely to cost you, you can expect to pay $5,500 for the collector's edition. The owners only edition is $200 more. That puts these watches squarely in the camp of other high quality watches, but with this particular group of timepieces, you're getting the quality and so much more. You have the opportunity to enjoy the nostalgia that comes with it all, all while being part of something that's completely new.
Breitling has long been a watchmaker that is well known for creating timepieces that break all the rules, in the best ways possible. That's precisely what they've done here. Their collaboration with Triumph is undoubtedly one of the most groundbreaking things of its type that has ever occurred. Obviously, they're still at the forefront of all things both creative and innovative, just like they always have been.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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