Breguet’s renowned connection to the world of aviation, consummated through its Type XX chronographs, takes off again with the addition of a new model to the collection: the Breguet Type XXI 3815.
Breguet’s connection to the world of aviation is long and fruitful. Louis Charles Breguet, great-great-grandson of Abraham-Louis, was one of the pioneers of French aviation, himself being an avid and recognized aircraft designer. In 1918, Breguet delivered timepieces to several military and civil organizations, and by 1935, the company began developing its first wrist chronographs. A couple of decades later, in response to an order from the French armed forces, Breguet launched the production of a legendary watch, the Type XX chronograph, which would equip the French air and naval forces until the early 1980s. After the well-known and celebrated Type XX, XXI, and even XXII wrist chronographs from the past couple of decades, today, Breguet completes its collection with this new Type XXI 3815.
This is a limited edition of 250 pieces, with a 42mm titanium case featuring the classic fluted side, water resistance up to 100 meters, and screw-down crown. The bi-directional bezel is fitted with a contrasting black lacquered 60-minute scale. With a black dial, which unlike its more recent predecessors only displays two counters (24 hours and small seconds) as the chronograph minutes and seconds are in the center, the new model is available with green or orange numerals, markers, and hands, all luminescent.
Breguet’s 584Q/2 self-winding movement that brings the new Type XXI to life is equipped with the “retour en vol” —or flyback— function and benefits from an escapement with a silicon balance spring. The sapphire case back reveals the movement, including the gold rotor with a treatment specific to the 3815. The finishing touch is given by the calfskin strap.