Breguet Launch Historically Inspired Aviation Duo

When one thinks of pilots watches, naturally Breguet spring to mind. This week I was fortuate enough to be in Paris for the launch of two new pilots Type XX models from Breguet. While inspired by the past – this was anything but a standard copy and paste job, Breguet wouldn’t dream of that, but boy do they dream.
Breguet Type XX Models.

The Type XX made its introduction in the early 1950s when the French military sought flyback chronographs for it’s pilots. French watchmakers like Breguet were then selected to supply such chronographs, which were known as Type 20 after the military specification outlined for the watch. These new Type XX models come in two versions: the Type 20 Chronographe 2057 modelled on the military Type 20, and the Type XX Chronograph 2067 that takes its cues from civilian variants. Both are identical on a foundational level as they share the same 42 mm case containing an almost-identical movement. But they look different as result of the variations in bezel, crown, and lume on the dial.Make no mistake, at 42 mm, the new Type XX are large but with short lugs, do hug the wrist. but sized correctly for a pilot’s chronograph. The lugs are also relatively short so the watch sits well on the wrist. And even better, on the case back, the movement is appropriated sized for the case.


Justin Hast


June 2023


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