It has been little more than three years since Georges Kern announced a partnership with British motorcycle maker Norton as one of his first deals after taking over as Breitling CEO in 2017.
That agreement appears to have run out of road because today the brand has saddled-up with Norton’s long term rival Triumph, another icon of British motorbikes, which has been manufacturing since the turn of the 20th century and now makes more than 75,000 bikes per year.
Triumph brings a history of racing as well as contemporary road bikes to the Breitling story, having won the second ever Isle of Man TT in 1908, and taking titles around the world including the Daytona 200 and multiple British Supersports Championships.
Breitling and Triumph say they are already working a special edition timepiece and a motorcycle that will both be released next year.
Breitling’s current boutique concept is often built around an in-store motorbike on display, and Norton’s have already been replaced with examples from Triumph.
Triumph Thruxton RS motorcycles are now on display in Breitling boutiques around the world including London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt the company reveals.
“This is where substance meets original styling. You can expect purposeful engineering paired with modern retro designs,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “But, however you want to describe it, there’ll be a huge sense of adventure and discovery.”