For many when they hear of Breguet what comes to mind are classical timepieces, with sophisticated complications, and a brand recognition reserved to those in “the know” of horology. But, although that is a valid observation, Breguet also has a significant military history that can be traced back to supplying the French military with their “Type 20” aviator’s chronograph. Today we’ll take a look at a pair of the less popular upgraded “Type XXI” model, recently released with colorful dials in a limited edition.The round 42mm case is made of titanium with a finely fluted caseband, offering a riveted design and very tactile feel that enables a firm grip. Mounted to the case is a black lacquered bi-directional rotating bezel with 60-minute scale.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement, which is decorated with several golden gears and some shiny jewels. The unique limited edition number of each timepiece can also be verified on the titanium rim.It comes with two pushers to activate the chronograph functions with a screw-down crown in-between them. These pushers are for a flyback chronograph, which means by pressing the return to zero (reset) pusher will make the totalizers “fly back” to the zero position. Plus the user simply needs to release pressure on the pushers to allow the chronograph to begin running again immediately. This feature was originally devised for pilots, but can be useful in many situations that require recording swift timings. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (328 feet).In order to set this model apart from its more vintage-style “Type XX1 3817” option, Breguet has opted to add some colorful elements to its dial design for a more sporty look, in the form of green or orange highlights on each respective version.Both models exhibit time on a sunray-brushed black dial with large Arabic numerals, except for the 3 and 9 o’clock positions that use small diamond shaped index markers. The exclusion of these numerals allows room for the two sub-dials of this bi-compax layout: a 12-hour counter and a sub-seconds. While the 6 o’clock numeral has been excluded to add a useful date window.This release also features a newly designed precision minutes/seconds track circling on the periphery, printed with a white font. The brand's logo is prominently placed on the upper-half of the dial in its characteristic cursive font, followed by the “retour-en-vol” inscription which translates to “flyback”. Last but not least the central syringe-style hands and Arabic numerals have been filled with an orange or green luminescent, for an enhanced legibility and to reinforce each version's vibrant touch of color.
Breguet Type XXI 3815 Limited Edition
The “Breguet Type XXI 3815 Limited Edition” (References below) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 582Q/A with 28 jewels, 323 components, and 28,800 Vph. In this variation of the 582 caliber the escapement has silicon horns and the balance spring is also made of silicon. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to these watches is a brown or black calfskin strap with exposed stitchings (that match each editions differentiating dial color), secured to the wrist by a triple-folding buckle. Both of these editions are limited to 250 manufactured pieces each. For more up to date information visit the official Breguet here.