If in addition to the top watchmaking field, there is another field that can make the Breguet family famous, it is undoubtedly the aviation industry. When it comes to the name ‘Bao Di’, people can think of not only fine watchmaking, but also aeronautical engineering. ‘Bao Di’ can be said to be a pioneer in promoting the development of the world’s aviation industry. This prestige was attributed to Louis Charles Breguet, the fifth generation grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet. Adhering to the innovative spirit of Master Baodi, he has made great achievements in the aviation field that his ancestors have never been involved in.
Breguet’s relationship with aviation
The fifth generation of the Breguet brand, Louis Charles Breguet (1880-1955), was appointed chief engineer of the family workshop at the age of 22; at the age of 24, he proposed the theory of asynchronous motors, which influenced the French submarine at that time. Research; 27-year-old made the first manned rotorcraft and flew off the ground; he founded an aircraft manufacturing company named after his surname, and the famous ‘Breguet 14’ became famous in World War I; he He was the first person to propose the construction of a wind tunnel aerodynamic experiment, and the first person to design a seaplane. His ‘Breguet 19′ aircraft completed the first uninterrupted flight from Paris to New York across the North Atlantic; he was also French One of the founders of Air France.
The fifth generation of the Breguet brand, Louis Charles Breguet
While continuously deepening the aviation business, Louis Charles Breguet has always paid tribute to the ancestors’ outstanding achievements in the field of watchmaking, so it has also started to develop and produce pilot watches. In 1935, Breguet launched the first flight chronograph watch. About 20 years later, Breguet developed the Type XX chronograph for the French military. Until the early 1980s, the French National Air Force and Navy were still equipped with this prestigious chronograph.
A watch worthy of special mention is the stainless steel chronograph Breguet Ancienne Type XX 4100 with special flyback function. This early timepiece was bought by Mr. Breguet in the name of Breguet Aviation in 1952. And became the design blueprint for Type XX models. Because of this historical source, Breguet has inextricably linked with French naval aviation, and the Type series has become one of Breguet’s masterpieces.
Breguet Ancienne Type XX 4100
Type XXI 3817-a unique vintage innovation
At the 2016 Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Show, Breguet launched a new model, the Type XXI 3817 chronograph, which continues this series of legends. The new watch has a retro temperament, and at the same time integrates superb advanced watchmaking technology, revealing the 21st century modern style. After spanning more than half a century, Breguet has continued the long-term connotation of the Type series with elaborate and refined products.
Type XXI Series 3817
The Type XXI 3817 chronograph features a retro-inspired rock gray dial, a smooth steel case, and a calfskin strap. The outer edge of the case is decorated with delicate coin patterns, and the screw-down crown makes it waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. Equipped with a mechanical self-winding movement, it has a flyback chronograph function specially equipped for Type XX chronographs since 1954. The application of silicon components adds more technical connotation to this new timepiece. The center of the dial is equipped with a minute timer and a seconds timer, a 6-hour position with a 12-hour timer and a date window function, and a day and night display and a small second hand at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, respectively. Timepieces have become a must-have among similar products. Watch enthusiasts can also see the fine details of the movement through the sapphire glass back cover, which is the first introduction of this design in the Type XX series.
Type XXII 3880-perfect interpretation of military mechanical chronograph
Breguet designed the famous first-generation Type XX watch for the French Navy aviation in the 1960s. 2010 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Type XX, and is also the centennial anniversary of the French navy aviation. To this end, Breguet reinterpreted its famous military chronograph, launched the Type XXII, and modernized its technology.
Type XXII series 3880 watch
The 44 mm diameter stainless steel case contains a Breguet chronograph movement with a silicon escapement and a flat balance spring. The frequency has been increased to 10 Hz (72,000 vibrations per hour), showing outstanding performance. The chronograph second hand completes one revolution in 30 seconds, so the timekeeping and reading functions of the watch are doubled in accuracy. The technical exploration focuses on the use of silicon materials, reducing the weight of running parts and eliminating the problem of lubricating oil caused by high-frequency operation. The other hand in the center moves one division every 30 seconds to record the minutes. The rectangular window at 12 o’clock on the dial contains a jump-back hand indicating whether the chronograph second hand is recording the first or second 30 seconds in a minute. The Breguet Type XXII chronograph has a flyback function, of course, it can reset the time to zero and restart quickly. In addition, the dial also includes a second time zone indicator and a window displaying the calendar. With the dual-function crown, you can reset the second time zone indication by adjusting the central hour hand without affecting the minute hand. When the crown is in the same position, the calendar follows the time in the central main time zone. The 24-hour day and night indicator at 3 o’clock helps the wearer know whether the area covered by the second time zone is day or night. The small dial at 9 o’clock shows the rotating second hand, which also completes a lap in 30 seconds, again showing the extraordinary characteristics of the watch. The chronograph’s black dial contrasts with the red flyback logo.
Type XX Aéronavale 3803-100-year limited edition of the French Navy Air Force
In the same year of 2010, in order to celebrate the centennial of the establishment of the French Naval Air Force, Breguet took pride in its watchmaking skills; in addition to the introduction of the Type XXII series, it created a limited edition of only 1,000 pieces worldwide. Aéronavale ‘. Breguet seldom issues limited editions with independent numbers. Only in this way can it commemorate this unique and extraordinary history written by the sailors of Soaring Sky. This special model is slightly different from the current Type XX chronograph stopwatch (Ref. 3800): the two-way rotating bezel painted in black paint, the Arabic numerals on the bezel are slightly larger than the popular version, specially made for the limited edition The crown and back are engraved with the emblem of the French Naval Air Force and the centenary year, which is such a historic commemorative watch, with an exclusive display case and a limited certificate.
Type XX Aéronavale 3803 chronograph
The watch’s self-winding chronograph movement also comes with a complex flyback chronograph function, which is a necessary function in the aviation field, that is, the watch can be instantly returned to the watch with a single push on the watch. Zero sum reset. In addition, it has an independently numbered Cal.581 calibre bearing the Breguet lettering, a power reserve of 48 hours, and a Swiss lever escapement structure. The frame is decorated with delicate pits, diameter 39mm, smooth and polished Lugs, two-way rotating bezel, waterproof to 10 bar (about 100 meters).