Breguet has always been known for its highly priced classic watches. This year, the brand has extended its line of pilot watches by releasing the Breguet Type XXI 3817.
Breguet’s Type XX debuted in the 1950s when they designed the watch for the French naval air army. Since then, the line has been extending with chronographs that all feature the “flyback” function. Normally, we have to hit the “stop” pusher before we reset the chronograph. With the “flyback” function, we can skip the “stop” pusher and reset the chronograph by simply hitting the “reset” pusher. This allows us to time successive events without stopping the chronograph.
At Only Watch 2015, a charity auction that took place in Genève, Breguet released a similar model which had a platinum case. Now, the stainless steel version is out and it offers another choice of different aesthetics from the existing Breguet Type XXI collection.
Although Breguet has been updating the Type XXI line in the last few years, this model may be the most promising one. At 42mm, the watch features a slate-grey dial with oversized beige Arabic numerals which will absolutely catch your attention. The vintage-style design complements the classic case around which coin-edge finish is found. The “flyback” function remains and the bi-directional bezel is the same as the previous Type XXI models. The sub-dials display the running seconds, the 24-hour indicator and the chronograph hour counter.
What makes this watch a truly high-end chronograph is its movement, which now features a 18k gold rotor. Unlike other pilot watches, the movement, which is an in-house Breguet caliber 584Q/2, is visible through the watch’s sapphire crystal case back. The well-polished rotor is very attractive to look at. The caliber is Breguet’s newest version of the 584Q movement. It has a 48-hour power reserve and silicon escapement as opposed to metal escapement in the previous versions.
To complete the vintage-style looks, The watch is worn with a brown calf-skin strap which has beige stitching on it.
The price of the 2016 Breguet Type XXI 3817 is around 110K HKD, which is a very affordable price for you to own a Breguet. With discounts, you can own a brand new Breguet with splendid history for less than 100k HKD. It is a very classy pilot watch with vintage elements and practical functions.