Introducing the Breguet Type XXII in Rose Gold. Initially offered in titanium, the gold version allows a deeper level of finishing with the red detail on the dial & coloured stitching offering a far greater contrast. Retailing at £25,400.00, this is incredibly good value for the complication on offer. The watch is now in stock & awaiting your viewing pleasure.
Breguet have achieved a new level of accuracy by incorporating a balance spring & escapement made from silicon, a material that can withstand the extra exertion thus allowing the escapement to vibrate 72,000 times an hour & increasing the frequency to 10 hertz. Visibly, the watch is now able to time at 1/20th of a second intervals & the increased frequency allows the chronograph hand to run a full circuit of the dial in 30 seconds. A 24 hour indicator & second timezone dial are offered alongside a date aperture at 6. A solid gold case-back is broken up by a window exhibiting the new escapement in all its glory. all of this is delivered in a very modern 44mm case with shaped alligator strap.
Breguet is Breguet…the name carries weight in horological circles but is somewhat a sleeping giant in contemporary watch circles. The likes of Greubel Forsey are setting news standards in developing complications while new independent’s such as Seven Friday are far more active on social media. For various reasons, people speak of Vacheron Constantin & even Piaget with slightly more revered tones compared to Breguet. Yet, virtually the entire watch industry, from Brand awareness to actual watchmaking, would not be where it is today without Breguet & its current umbrella company; the Swatch Group.
The first Type XX models were offered to the French Airforce, known as the National Marine Aeronavale, in 1954. Today’s contemporary Type XX model without the date mimicking its classic ancestor is still referred to as the “Aeronavale.” The Type XX was given its name in homage to the Type XIX plane, which set the record as the first non stop flight from Paris to New York.
Incredibly, this plane was designed by Louis Breguet, the great Grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, & an innovative engineer in his own right…maybe the French were not so wrong about divine lineage!
There have been many other watches associated with the military of the years with Rolex’s Submariner & the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms models spring to mind from a nautical perspective,whilst the Omega Seamaster 300m was British Navy issue as of the 1920’s. Breitling’s distinctive Navitimer is heavily advertised the as contemporary Pilot’s watch of choice with its (allegedly!) easy to use slide rule calculator around the bezel.
Yet, Breguet’s watch potentially carries the most romantic connotation as the Brand’s history & innate attention to aesthetics as well as ergonomics sets it apart – not even the flyback capacity of the chronograph, something lauded by Pilot’s, was a first given Longines mastered it a few years prior. Breguet, as always, simply caught the imagination.
As an Independent Jeweller today; we choose to work with the Brands that ignite our passion. Breguet is one such Brand & being one of only two Independent Agents for Breguet, it only reaffirms the exclusive nature of this grand old House.
The military chronograph from Breguet is today offered in the non date model as aforementioned, the “Transatlantique” version with date & the Type XXI version, a contemporary evolution of the classic which is delivered in steel, titanium & rose gold.
The Type XXII carries on this tradition of Military classicism alongside a contemporary look as well as state of the art engineering!