- Advertisement -

Breitling speeds ahead with classic car-themed watches for 2021


- Advertisement -

Who wouldn’t need a wrist that goes from zero to 60 in 4 seconds? Imagine a watch not solely worthy of celebrating the quickest, sleekest, most iconic muscle automobiles which have ever skrrrted down America’s streets — however embodying them.

Well, the Swiss tinkerers over at granddaddy watchmaker Breitling SA learn your thoughts, and at the moment are rolling out a troika of chronographs, geared to pay homage to the Big Three of the ’60s: the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang and the Shelby Cobra.

Back then, whereas America — with her proxy wars, civil unrest, and so on. — wasn’t precisely excellent, her automobiles had been. And Breitling’s new Top Time Classic Car capsule (its newest spin on a vanguard watch first launched within the Nineteen Sixties) presents avatars as seductive and richly unconventional because the whips they incarnate.

The red-faced “Corvette” timepiece, for instance, relies on Chevy’s C2 mannequin, a low-profile automotive so slinky and fierce it was dubbed “Sting Ray.” Louis-Joseph Chevrolet, co-founder of the corporate, was himself a Swiss automotive racer and son of a watchmaker, so issues have come full circle. Literally. The wrist-driven model of his child has a calfskin leather-based strap and folding clasp with the famed crossed fleur-de-lis and checkered flags sigil.

Side by sides of Breitling's classic car-themed collection.
Breitling Top Time (from left) “Shelby Cobra,”Chevrolet Corvette,” and “Ford Mustang” stainless-steel chronographs — $5,500 every at London Jewelers — pay homage to American classic automobiles from the Nineteen Sixties.

Meanwhile, the ’Stang was for the cool cats. A half-century earlier than people like Nelly and Kelly Clarkson had been busy flossing their equine-christened Fords, Steve McQueen was burning critical rubber with one all around the hilly streets of San Francisco in 1968’s “Bullitt,” whereas Jim Morrison was simply looking for his after crashing it right into a phone pole after which abandoning it to go get together in LA. Allegedly. Oh, the enjoyable bother you’ll be capable to get into with your very personal green-faced “Mustang” watch (stallion brand and all) with a brown racingthemed calfskin strap and folding clasp.

Last however not least, the “Shelby Cobra” mannequin greets you in blue with white prospers, a nod to the automotive’s trademark racing colours. The Cobra was created by American racer and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby, who merged British chassis design with Yankee ingenuity (i.e., a badass engine). By rocking this kindred chronograph, you’ll be merging Swiss-grade timekeeping with serpentine fashion.

Start your engines.

- Advertisement -