Even this year Breguet participates in Only Watch with what could be the most beautiful watch of the entire auction lot.
While Breguet has historically been associated with delicate, high-end pocket watches and several revolutionary inventions in watchmaking, the Maison also reveals another aspect of its history: aviation. The name Breguet is also associated with an aircraft manufacturer, the Société d'Aviation Louis Breguet, a company founded by a descendant of Abraham-Louis Breguet.
In addition, from 1918 onwards, Breguet supplied several watches for theAmerican Air Force, chronographs with counters and tachometers, which could be worn by pilots or affixed to the airplane's dashboard. The brand continued to supply increasingly sophisticated chronographs to various airlines and aviation companies, but Breguet's main foray into aviation occurred in the early 50s.
For the French Ministry of Defense Breguet designed a model that was quickly approved by the authorities called Breguet Type 20. Introduced as a pilot's watch equipped with a chronograph flyback, this timepiece known as Type 20 o Type XX it has evolved through three successive generations.
As mentioned, this watch is called “Type 20” (referring to military pieces) and not “Type XX” (referring instead to watches for civil use). Therefore, this exclusive Type 20 for Only Watch 2019 is a reissue of the military versions of this chronograph, which explains the design of the bi-directional bezel, fluted here and not graduated (the latter is mainly for civil use).
For this piece, the main idea was "historical relevance". This watch is a perfectly identical re-edition of the original model and as such respects its diameter with a 38.30 mm steel case. The caseback is also in smooth steel, just like the original, as well as the arrangement of the dial and the design of all its elements remain faithful to the first Type 20 watches.
The dial color is inspired by the very rare civilian and military models with a bronze colored dial. One notable difference from the military editions of the past is the Breguet signed dial, while the older models were not.
But the Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019 it is not only faithful to the outside, it is also faithful to the inside, in fact a movement appears under the dial Valjoux 235 vintage, derived directly from the Valjoux 222 used in the 50s. It allows this watch to maintain all the proportions of the original.
This Breguet Type 20 "Revival" it is a unique piece for Only Watch 2019. But we hope to see this watch commercialized in the future soon.