breguet - Type XXI 3817 | Breguet
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
breguet - Type XXI 3817 | Breguet

Type XXI 3817 | Breguet

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Type XXI 3817 | Breguet

Designed in the 1950s for the French naval air army, the Type XX returns to the Breguet collection in a civilian version fitted with a self-winding movement.
 

Technical specifications

Case in steel with a delicately fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback. 42mm diameter. Bidirectional rotating bezel. Rounded lugs. Screw-locked crown. Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m).
Dial slate grey, signed Breguet. Hours chapter with luminescent Arabic numerals. Day/night indicator at 3 o’clock. 12-hour totalizer and date at 6 o’clock. Small seconds at 9 o’clock. Central minute totalizer. Luminescent hands and dots. 
 
Self-winding chronograph movement, with “flyback” function. Numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 584Q/2. 131/2 lignes, 26 jewels. 48 hours power reserve. Inverted in-line Swiss lever escapement with silicon pallets. Silicon balance-spring. Balance frequency 4Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions.
Strap in calfskin leather.
 
Winding Self-winding
Power reserve (hours) 48
Calibre 584 Q/2
Lines 13½
Jewels 26
Frequency 4
Balance-wheel Breguet
Escapement Inverted straight-line lever
Balance-spring Flat / Silicon
Case
Skeleton No
Sapphire caseback Yes
Case shape Round
Diameter (mm) 42
Case thickness (mm) 15.2
Water-resistant (m) 100

Who's who

It’s a rare occasion: when asked “Why have Breguet at Chronopassion?” Laurent Picciotto is visibly stuck for a quick answer. But the asker scarcely has time to savour his narrow victory before Laurent quickly recovers: “It goes without saying. We can’t do without Breguet. Breguet invented everything – or nearly,” before evening the score with one of his characteristic aphorisms: “beauty is eternal.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Breguet is now firmly established and very promising – but things were not always so. After having been at 271 Rue Saint Honoré for almost a quarter of a century, Breguet suddenly became the focus of special attention a few years ago when a very particular event occurred – the sale of the brand to the Swatch Group. “I stepped back a bit in order to observe what was happening: initially, it seemed to me that the image of the Group and that of the grand old lady of watchmaking were not really compatible,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. Within a few months, however, he was reassured: “Hayek senior adopted Breguet as his baby. He immediately grasped the magnitude and weight of its history. Within two or three years, he clearly stated his desire to develop it, whilst remaining committed to its great tradition. Breguet is not just any old brand. It constitutes a whole swathe of the history of watchmaking in its own right.” The developments undertaken by the Swatch Group were completely consistent with Chronopassion’s approach: preserving capital whilst constantly adding something new, in keeping with the founder’s original wishes. In the end, over the years, Breguet has successfully presented historic yet contemporary watches, at amazingly attractive prices. “Breguet continues to be a benchmark. Its timepieces are quite simply of perfect design. Every register is covered, from ladies’ watches through to military chronographs, raised to new heights by the brand in its approach to the Type 20,” concludes Laurent Picciotto. “Here in the twenty-first century, Breguet is still very much a force to be reckoned with.” 
 
Journalist : Olivier Müller
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