With the launch of this timepiece, the House of Breguet has reminded us that they were also a significant player in
the development of watches for aviation throughout the last century. Louis Charles Breguet, the great-great-grandson
of Abraham-Louis became one of the pioneers of French aviation. As early as 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 year, the Type XXI 3815 chronograph becomes the contemporary counterpart to the previous vintage-style edition,
the Type XXI 3817, which was unveiled in 2016. The new 3815 has a 42mm case featuring the classic fluted side, water
resistance up to 100 meters, a screw-down crown, and polished and satin-finished surfaces. The bi-directional bezel,
also made of titanium, is fitted with a contrasting black lacquered 60-minute scale.
Available with green or orange numerals, markers and hands, all luminescent, this new dial also features a display
with only two counters, with a 24-hour indicator and small seconds, placed at 3 and 9 o’clock, respectively. The
minutes totaliser of the chronograph is positioned in the center, as is the seconds totaliser. A new precision
minute track and a date at 6 o’clock complete this contemporary display.
An essential element of this collection, the mechanical self-winding movement, comes equipped with a flyback
function, incorporating the latest technologies implemented by the House of Breguet, such as the silicon escapement
and balance spring. The sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the movement in all its details, as well as a gold rotor
with a specific finish for this edition.
Featuring a calfskin-leather strap with stitching that echoes the colour of the markers and hands on the dial,
rounded off with a new triple folding buckle for comfort and security on the wrist, the Type XXI 3815 chronograph is
produced in a limited edition of 250 pieces per colour.
With a new layout, new materials, and strikingly contemporary flourishes, the limited edition Breguet Type XXI 3815
stands apart from the rest of the brand’s offerings to deliver a unique amalgam of classic and modern aesthetics,
that is arguably better looking and a lot closer to the intention of the original military spec.
Movement: Mechanical self-winding; cal. 584Q/2; hours, minutes, and small seconds (at 9 o’clock);
flyback chronograph with central minutes and seconds hands; date at 6 o’clock; 28,800 bph; 48-hour power reserve
Case: Titanium, 42mm; with fluted side, screw-down crown, and sapphire case back; 100-meter
Strap: Calf leather strap with three-part folding buckle