The new Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird Replica is the poster child for a substantially revised second generation of Top Time Classic Cars chronographs, featuring in-house movements, more compact proportions, a more focused design philosophy, and an aggressive new price point.
At 41mm-wide, the stainless steel case of the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird wears markedly smaller than most of the first-generation Best Breitling Replica designs. On the whole, this is a clean, classic midcentury sports chronograph design, with a slim polished bezel, tall piston pushers, and simple angular attached lugs.
A predominantly polished finish helps to further root this simple layout in the visual style of the original ‘60s Top Time models, while horizontal brushing along the case sides works to slightly break up the visual profile of the Breitling Replica Swiss Movement case on the wrist. A second sapphire crystal adorns the display caseback, along with a printed rendition of the classic first-generation Ford Thunderbird emblem.
Printed sapphire casebacks are nearly always a point of division in the watch community, but the small dimensions and clean presentation of this element make it far less onerous than many others of the type. Breitling finishes off the case with a solid 100-meter water resistance rating.
Compared to the rest of the Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Swiss Replica collection, the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird’s dial is a quieter, more reserved affair. Rather than the rich, vibrant colors and detailed brushed finishes of its predecessors, the Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird’s dial is largely simple matte white.
At first glance, there’s so much of this design that registers as standard vintage-inspired sports chronograph fare – the simple printed baton indices, the chisel-tipped striped baton hands, the outer tachymeter ring, and the needle-shaped central Replica Watches For Sale seconds hand are all very familiar elements, for example.
Without a bold, saturated dial hue to anchor the design visually, each spot of accent color becomes more prominent, and Breitling uses this principle effectively with a mix of muted brick red and orange to draw attention to chronograph elements.
From the tachometer redline-inspired color blocks on the outer tachymeter ring to the matte red length of the central chronograph seconds hand, these warm tones breathe energy into the design while subtly reinforcing the central automotive theme.
Overall, this Cheap Breitling Replica dial acts as a handsome visual counterpoint to the wilder Top Time Classic Cars models that comprise the rest of the collection, with a look that smartly echoes the more gentlemanly sporting aesthetic of the ‘50s era that gave birth to the Thunderbird.
Like all new releases in this collection, the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird is equipped with the in-house B01 automatic chronograph movement. The B01 is a solid contender in its market segment, sporting a 70-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate, COSC chronometer certification for accuracy, and a column wheel and vertical clutch chronograph actuation system.
Breitling finishes the Breitling Replica Watches with a rich red rally-style leather strap. This splash of color helps to add a sportier presence to the remarkably restrained dial, but it also feels at home with the ‘50s-style red leather interiors that were common in first-generation Thunderbirds.
Although it takes a decidedly subtler approach than many of its stablemates, the new Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird takes the Breitling Top Time Classic Cars Replica collection forward into a new generation while delivering a compelling tribute to one of the best-loved classic cars of the ‘50s.