Breakfast at Breitling’s

Frank Sans C and CEO of Breitling Georges Kern’s meeting to discuss the new creations of the year has pretty much become a ritual, and it’s a must-watch. This time, these two tick-tock fanatics met up in Geneva for the opening of the brand’s very own restaurant: Breitling Kitchen, the place to B. On today’s menu, let us savour the first “star dishes” of the restaurant with the introduction of the new Top Time Ford Thunderbird in collection, and the latest Premier B01 Chronograph 42 sprinkled on top. Bon appetit!

By Chloé Redler

BREITLING Top Time B01 Classic Cars Collection

Top Time B01 Thunderbird

Our tick-tock authentic fanatics had suggested adding a Ford Thunderbird to the Top Time Classic Cars collection to the CEO of Breitling. The “T-Bird” – for connoisseurs – joins the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette and the Shelby Cobra and shows off its mechanical silhouette, a real treat for collectors of beautiful mechanics.

These models, inspired by the 1950s-1960s, display the colours and distinctive features of the sports cars they reference. The steel, 41-mm version of the Ford Thunderbird shows off impressive bodywork and displays a white dial with the teal blue logo of its legendary car counterpart. In stark contrast, the chronograph hands are in red, in coordination with the red perforated leather strap to carry on the racing reference. It also displays three subdials in a “squircle” shape (not quite square, not quite circle), referencing the gauges of vintage dashboards.

The Ford Thunderbird joins the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette and the Shelby Cobra in the Top Time B01 collection by Breitling.

This high-performance, precise and reliable variation has plenty of power under the bonnet. It is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 which offers an approx. 70-hour power reserve. This COSC-certified chronometer, with a vintage design and a water resistance up to 100 metres, is also equipped with a speed-measuring tachymeter scale. With these features, this beautiful engine might very well become the next star of this collection.

The Breitling Top Time B01 Thunderbird shows off a red perforated strap coordinated with the hands of the chronograph.

First unveiled at the 1954 first post-war auto show in Detroit, the Ford Thunderbird was described as a fun-to-drive cabriolet with a luxurious design and a solid build. Instantly recognisable thanks to its distinctive back fins, it is the combination of comfort and elegance. Fun fact: the “Classic Bird” (1955-1957) first generation two-seat model and the “Square Bird” (1958-1960) four-seat model are the most collected cars.

Click here to read the Breitling Top Time B01 Thunderbird full technical sheet.

The other models of the Top Time Classic Cars Collection.

The Top Time B01 Ford Mustang displays a green dial and black counters.

Click here to read the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Mustang full technical sheet.

The Chevrolet Corvette version displays a distinctive red dial and black perforated strap.

Click here to read the Breitling Top Time B01 Chevrolet Corvette full technical sheet.

The Top Time B01 Shelby Cobra, like all other variations, is also available with a steel bracelet.

Click here to read the Top Time B01 Shelby Cobra full technical sheet.

Leather racing strap model – €7,550
Steel bracelet model – €7,950

Premier B01 Chronograph 42

The new Premier B01 Chronograph 42 collection.

The Premier collection, inspired by a chronograph created by Willy Breitling’s grandson, was reintroduced in 2021. This year, the watch was produced in six new variations – four in steel and two in red gold – with a consistent modern and timeless design.

The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42, black dial version.

These 42-mm-diameter watches house a COSC-certified (-4/+6), self-winding manufacture movement. First introduced in 2009, this calibre provides an approx. 70-hour power reserve. Its meticulously decorated oscillating weight is revealed through the sapphire crystal caseback.

The vintage, blue-dial version of the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 is delivered with a brown, alligator leather strap.

The chronographs display tone-on-tone subdials for five different coloured dials: salmon-pink, blue, green, black and cream. Each model is delivered either with an alligator leather strap or a 7-row metal bracelet.

These two, more precious variations are made of 18K red gold.

These Premier B01 Chronograph watches were introduced into the collection at the same time as Fred Mandelbaums’s new book, Premier Story, was published. As Breitling’s official historian and one of the main collectors of Premier watches in the world, the author writes the story of the watchmaker’s iconic collection. He also reveals exclusive secrets and tips to help collectors identify period watches.

The Premier B01 Chronograph is also available with a 7-row metal bracelet, flexible and comfortable to wear.

In steel with alligator strap – €8,600 / In steel with steel bracelet – €8,950
In gold with alligator strap – €19,600 / In gold with gold bracelet – €38,500

Click here to read the new Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 full technical sheets.


The new Breitling Kitchen in Geneva

The new Breitling Kitchen at the Quai des Bergues in Geneva, an ideal location, is run by the talented Colombian-French chef Juan Arbeláez.

Colombian-French celebrity chef Juan Arbeláez, CEO of Breitling Georges Kern, and actor Alvaro Morte.

For their new restaurant, Breitling’s culinary partner came up with a Latin-American themed menu. With particular regard for locally and responsibly sourced ingredients, the menu dishes take you on a journey with a selection of Mexican tacos, Peruvian ceviche, “Guacalogico” – guacamole which substitutes local broccoli for avocados – and a “Superocean Salad”. As for the cocktails, they reference the Maison’s three watch families – Air, Land and Sea – with unique and atypical flavours: for instance, the “Breeze” cocktail mixes vodka, hibiscus and pineapple essence.

The Breitling Kitchen was designed similarly to the adjacent Breitling boutique: industrial-loft design, exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling atelier windows.

Breitling Kitchen – Place des Bergues 1, 1201 Genève, Suisse.
Open from 10am to 11pm.

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