Not every person realizes that the extraordinary incredible grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, Louis Charles Breguet, Louis Charles Bréguet (1880-1955) was one of the early aviation pioneers first designing the gyroplane (the trailblazer of the helicopter) in 1905 and his first fixed-wing aircraft, the Breguet Type I, in 1909.
He at that point created different models like the Breguet 19, and later the Breguet Deux-Ponts (Double Deck). In 1919, he established the Compagnie des messageries aériennes, which developed into Air France.
In the following years likewise the Breguet watch company began developing chronograph mechanisms fitted on cockpit instrument boards and started producing pilot’s watches.
The first wrist chronographs was created in 1935 and around twenty years after the fact, Breguet dispatched production of the Type XX model commissioned by the French military.
At Baselworld 2016, Breguet extended the collection with another model, the Type XXI 3817 chronograph, whose vintage look mirrors the history and origins of the Type XX line.
Then again, the Type XXI 3817 exploits the most progressive technical solutions: the Caliber 584Q/2 self-winding chronograph development with flyback function incorporates an inverted in-line Swiss switch escapement with silicon beds just as a silicon balance-spring.
Silicon is impervious to magnetic attraction just as highly resistant to corrosion and wear. Lighter and harder than steel, it lessens inertia and requires no lubricant. Besides, the production technique for silicon components makes it possible to make amazingly complex shapes while ensuring outrageous precision.
Visible through the sapphire precious stone caseback, the development beats at 28,800 vibrations each hour and offers 48 hours of force hold.
The retro-style record dark dial is outlined by a 42 mm stainless steel case with a bidirectional rotating bezel and, obviously, the signature fluted caseband. Because of its screw-bolted crown, the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters/330 feet.
The chronograph minutes counter is situated in the middle, alongside its seconds partner. A day/night indicator and little seconds are positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively while the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock likewise includes the date opening.
The new Breguet Type XXI 3817 Chronograph (ref. 3817ST/X2/3ZU) has a price of Swiss Francs 13,500. breguet.com