This Swiss Fake Breitling x Deus Ex Machina Collab Is Exactly as Cool as You’d Expect

From the moment they came on the scene with a series of beach ready custom motorcycles in 2006, we’ve been huge fans of the brand Deus Ex Machina. No matter what it is they have their hands in. Whether it’s bikes or surfboards or clothes or cafes, Deus imbues it with that almost obnoxious level of salt-in-your-sun-bleached-hair Australian cool that most of us will never manage to possess. So when we heard that they were partnering with perfect fake Breitling on a limited-edition version of one of our favorite chronographs of all time, we were stoked to see the final product. Suffice to say, it did not disappoint.

For those unfamiliar with copy Breitling’s legendary Top Time, it was introduced by the brand in 1964 and targeted directly at the burgeoning “hip” market of free-spirited young people. “We are sweeping into the youth and we are going to speak their language” announced industry icon Willy Breitling at the time. “Young people won’t buy the kind of watch Dad wears,” he posited while announcing the Top Time.

With its rugged yet understated case and symmetrical dual subdial chronograph layout, the Top Time did indeed appeal to the adventurous, nomadic young men of the ‘60s, and has remained one of Breitling’s most collectible pieces, with some examples fetching well into the six figures on the vintage market today.

The Breitling X Deus Ex Machina Top Time Deus Limited edition captures all of the vintage vibes of the original Top Time while adding Deus’ signature flair. The dial of the 41mm fake Breitling Top Time chronograph is in an off white, and the traditional subdials have been rendered in a black “squircle” shape that harkens back to an alternate case shape of the original Top Time line. The Deus logo appears above the 6 o’clock marker while their motto In Benzin Veritas “In Petrol There Is Truth” is etched into the surrounding tachymeter scale. Retro orange and red detailing on the dials and hands culminate in a lightning-bolt shaped second hand that carries more attitude than those found on the old Rolex Milgauss. The spirit of speed is captured in the perforated brown calfskin rallye strap, as well as the engraving of a motorcyclist in full racing tuck by aptly named Deus creative director Carby Tuckwell on the caseback.

“Our first contact with Deus Ex Machina was through Wheels & Waves, the motorcycle and surfing festival that takes place in Biarritz each year,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern tells InsideHook. “We’ve partnered with the festival since 2019, and when we got to know Deus, it was clear that our brands would also be natural partners based on our similar values and overlapping brand universes. It has been truly serendipitous in that we can engage at a product level but also share events and our ambassador squad. From both a heritage and design perspective, high quality copy Breitling’s tool watches are a perfect complement to Deus, their products and their philosophy.

Breitling has also signed on to be the official timekeeper of the Deus Swank Rally, an “epic motorcycle championship celebrating vintage bikes in diverse locations around the world, including Italy, France, Australia and Bali.” When asked if we would see further collaborations between the two brands, Kern said, “Deus, like Breitling, has a passionate global following, so we will be bringing those two communities together for events at Deus Temples around the world once Covid allows, and also at Wheels & Waves. The informal spirit of our brands is also very closely aligned. You will notice a Deus touch brought into our boutiques and retail spaces through photo exhibitions and racing memorabilia. In terms of products, you will have to wait and see…”

The brown leather strap fake Breitling Top Time Limited Edition numbers just 1,500 pieces, and is available now online and at select Breitling retailers at a listed price of $4,990.

Best Quality Fake Breitling Debuts Limited Edition Top Time Deus

Australian lifestyle brand Deus ex Machina has carved out a loyal global following since 2006, offering enthusiasts a laid-back hand-drawn aesthetic and a rose-tinted vintage attitude for everything from surfboards to motorcycles, fashion, classic Porsches, and even coffee. As its first major release of 2021, Breitling replica offers Deus ex Machina its first foray into the world of timepieces, translating the café racer-inspired Deus aesthetic into a playful and distinctive limited-edition model. The new limited-edition Breitling Top Time Deus A233101A1A1X1 fake with steel case shows off the versatility of the relatively new revived Top Time line, offering a relaxed and youthful feel rarely found in this market segment.

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The stainless steel case of the 41 mm copy Breitling Top Time Deus 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.

Like the caseback, the dial of the high quality Breitling Top Time Deus replica watch resonates with Deus ex Machina’s laid back and playful energy. While the simple rectangular applied indices and squared-off baton handset are carried over from previous models, nearly everything else is unique to this model. 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 watch 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.

Breitling clone powers the Top Time Deus with the Valjoux 7753 based Caliber 23. COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy, the Caliber 23 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.
With a relaxed ethos rarely seen in luxury watchmaking, the limited-edition Breitling Top Time Deus copy with brown leather strap offers a unique and undeniably fun counterpoint to its direct competitors. Only 1,500 examples of the Breitling Top Time Deus will be made. The Breitling Top Time Deus is available now exclusively online and will become available through authorized dealers in late March 2021. MSRP for the Breitling Top Time Deus stands at $4,990.