As the first major release in 2021, Breitling provided Deus ex Machina with the opportunity to enter the world of timepieces for the first time, transforming the Deus aesthetic inspired by cafe racers into an interesting and unique limited edition watch. The new limited edition Breitling Top Time Deus 41 mm panda dial watch replica A233101A1A1X1 showcases the versatility of the relatively new revival top time series, providing a relaxed and youthful feel to this market segment.
Since 2006, the Australian lifestyle brand Deus ex Machina has established a loyal following worldwide, providing surfers with a laid-back hand-painted aesthetics and rose-colored retro attitude, from surfboards to motorcycles, fashionable and classic Porsche even coffee, everything.
The panda dial colorway starts with a matte cream main dial surface for a warm, slightly vintage look in initial images. The outer tachymeter track is in contrasting black, helping to visually compact the Breitling Top Time Deus replica on the wrist, and features orange and yellow highlights inspired by classic motorcycle gauges. Deus ex Machina’s slogan “In Benzin Veritas” (in gasoline, truth) is also emblazoned on the track here to drive home the partnership. The subdials are changed to a soft squared-off circle style, adding a subtler distinctive touch, while the hands have been color-coded for functionality.
While adding a warm ‘70s throwback quality to the design, the use of yellow for timekeeping hands and orange for chronograph functions also aids easy legibility at a glance. The lightning bolt shape of the central chronograph seconds hand also aids this warm vintage quality. As with the subdials, this jagged and cheeky touch is subtle enough to go unnoticed by a casual glance but invites repeat attention once recognized. The use of the printed Breitling script logo at 12 o’clock also aids the faux-vintage sheen of the design, while visually counterweighting the Deus shield emblem at 6 o’clock.
41 mm Case
The 41mm stainless steel case of the copy Breitling Top Time Deus men’s watch A233101A1A1X1 follows the same pattern as previous Top Time releases, with an elemental design that feels true to the line’s ‘60s roots. Narrow tapering lugs, an even narrower polished bezel, and a simple cylindrical mid-case are a classic midcentury sports watch formula, while the tall piston pushers give the design a splash of personality.
The solid caseback features a unique etching of a motorcycle and rider based on a sketch by Deus ex Machina creative director Darby Tuckwell. The loose, scribbly, cartoonish look of the artwork, with its hand-scrawled “Bretiling + Deus” text, is a dramatic departure from the usual meticulous linear perfectionism of caseback engravings. It’s a welcome breath of fresh air and adds a relaxed feel rarely seen in luxury timepieces. That said, for a watch dedicated to a brand heavily associated with surfing, the 30-meter water resistance rating feels inadequate.
Caliber 23 Movement
On the technical side, the replica Top Time Deus runs on Breitling Caliber 23, a COSC certified chronometer movement based on a modified version of the ETA 7753, and offers a respectable 48-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Breitling pairs the Top Time Deus with a nicely weathered calfskin rally strap in warm tobacco brown with a vibrant yellow contrast lining.
Model: Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition Replica
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter x 14.27mm height, stainless steel, silver dial with sapphire convex double anti-reflective
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house Breitling Calibre 23, automatic, COSC-certified
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 48h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, 1/4th second and 30-minute counters chronograph
Strap: Brown racing-themed calfskin leather with pin buckle
The limited edition Breitling top time Deus watch replica rarely sees this relaxed spirit in the luxury watchmaking industry, and it provides a unique and undeniable pleasure for its direct competitors. Only 1,500 examples of Breitling Top Time Deus will be made. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of Breitling’s top time Deus is US$4,990.
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