Breguet and its President & CEO Marc A. Hayek are renewing their support to ONLY Watch by participating in the 6th edition of the biennial charity auction co-organized by the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy and the Monaco Yacht Show. Within this context, the Maison has developed a one-of-a-kind creation for this sale, from which the proceeds will benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The watch, a special Type XXI chronograph, made for the first time in platinum. This model will be on show in Monaco at the end of September before moving on to Hong Kong, Beijing, New York and London. It will end its tour in Geneva, where it will be sold to the highest bidder on November 7th 2015. Stemming from the wrist chronographs produced by Breguet in 1935, the first Type XX watches were developed to order for the French military and delivered to its air force and navy from 1954 onwards through to the 1970s. Supplied to pilots as standard issue, the Type XX soon became a cult object much sought-after by aviators. This enthusiasm incited Breguet to produce a contemporary civilian version some years later.
The Only Watch model meets Breguet’s current standards in the field of mechanical horology while featuring a vintage style inspired by its predecessor. This Breguet Type XXI Flyback Chronograph in Platinum ref. 3813 is equipped with the special flyback function featured on the original 1950s model and the ref. 3810 Transatlantique as reviewed by us here. For the first time, the mechanical self-winding 584Q/1 calibre is housed in a platinum case, fitted with a bidirectional rotating bezel. The design of this 42mm-diameter timepiece renowned for its reliability and sturdiness will appeal to a broad audience because of its undeniable authenticity. Its matte slate grey dial, crafted in an exclusive execution for Only Watch, bears stylized Arabic numerals composed of a white transferred base coated with Superluminova with a vintage looking color. The sporty and sophisticated Type XXI ref. 3813 chronograph in platinum proves itself entirely worthy of its proud lineage: it is a concentrated blend of technical refinement in a reaffirmed vintage style. Fitted with an aged calfskin leather strap, it is delivered, like any great timepiece, in an exclusive presentation box and accompanied by a “unique piece” certificate.
Technical Specifications of the Breguet Type XXI Flyback Chronograph in Platinum ref. 3813PT/G2/3ZU
Case: Round case in platinum with delicately fluted caseband. Rounded attachments. Bidirectional rotating bezel. Screw-lock crown. Diameter 42mm. Water-resistant to 100 meters.
Dial: Matte slate grey tone bearing the Breguet signature. Luminescent hands and hour-markers. Chapter ring with luminescent Arabic numerals. Day/night indicator at 3 o’clock. 12-hour counter and date aperture at 6 o’clock. Small seconds at 9 o’clock. Central minutes counter.
Movement: Self-winding chronograph movement with flyback function, numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 584Q/1. 13 ¾ lignes. 25 jewels. 45-hour power reserve. Annular balance. In-line lever escapement. Flat balance spring. Frequency 4 Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions.
Strap: Aged calfskin.