The 1960s was a decade of experimentation, fun, freedom and energy. Whether cruising on a motorcycle or revving up a sportscar, living life at full speed was the order of the day. Willy Breitling felt this change of pace and set out to design an unconventional chronograph that would capture the verve of era. He called it the Top Time. That spirited tradition continues today with Breitling partnering with some of the coolest names in wheels to create its Top Time designs. In the early 1960s, the Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby imagined a car that matched a small, light British-style chassis to a strong, reliable American small-block engine. When it was introduced in 1962, the Cobra met with instant success, both among sportscar fans and on the racing circuit. It remains blisteringly fast and cherished by collectors to this day. The Top Time B01 Shelby Cobra features the colors and emblem of its classic-car counterpart as well as a perforated leather racing strap, speed-measuring tachymeter scale and contrasting “squircle” (not quite square, not quite round) subdials that give the feel of vintage dashboard gauges. It also comes with a brag-worthy engine under the hood: the exceptional Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01.
- Top Time – an unconventional collection for an unconventional decade
- Inspired by the Shelby Cobra introduced in 1962
- Presented in a robust 41mm stainless steel case
- Classic blue dial featuring the colours and emblem of the Cobra from which it draws its inspiration
- Driven by the Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 movement for flawless precision
Launched in the 1960s, a decade of fun and freedom, the Top Time collection was designed around unconventional chronographs that captured the distinct spirit of the era. Today, the brand partners with some of the coolest names in the automotive world to create its Top Time designs.
This Shelby Cobra edition pays tribute to the 1960s vehicle introduced by Les Mans winner Carrol Shelby. Bringing together a small, light British style chassis and a strong, reliable American big-block engine, the Cobra enjoyed instant success, on the race track and amongst sportscar fans.
The vibrant blue dial features the colours and emblem of the Cobra from which it draws its inspiration, while the speed measuring tachymeter scale and squared sub-dials offer a nod to the dashboard of the retro vehicle.