For the 50th anniversary of the first delivery in 1960 of the famed Type XX watch to the French naval air arm, which this year is celebrating its first century of service, Breguet is introducing a contemporary, technically updated reinterpretation of that legendary chronograph, the Type XXII design.
Its stainless steel case houses a Breguet chronograph movement with silicon escapement and flat balance spring whose frequency has been raised to 10 Hertz (i.e. 72,000 vibrations per hour), endowing the movement with exceptional regulating power, its chronograph seconds hand effecting a complete rotation in 30 seconds. Automatically wound, the Breguet Caliber 589F offers a power reserve of 45 hours.
An extra hand at centre counts the minutes by adding together the 30-second spans. At 12 o’clock, a rectangular aperture in the dial displays a retrograding pointer that indicates whether the chronograph seconds hand is completing its first or its second 30-second revolution.
The Breguet Type XXII chronograph naturally features a flyback function, allowing the totaliser to be returned to zero and instantly restarted in one and the same operation. Furthermore, the dial includes a second time-zone indicator along with an aperture for a date calendar. A two-position crown resets the second time -zone indicator by moving the hour hand at centre without affecting the minute hand.
With the crown in that position, the date calendar obeys the time of the main time-zone displayed at centre. A 24-hour night-and-day indicator at 3 o’clock tells the wearer whether it is daytime or nighttime in the area covered by the second time -zone.
At nine o’clock, a subdial showing the running seconds making full rotations in 30 seconds completes this truly exceptional timepiece. The chronograph’s black dial contrasts crisply with the flyback indications in red. The 40mm diameter case is fitted with a bidirectional rotating bezel with 60 minute scale.
Secured with screws, the solid steel case-back has a small sapphire glass window to view the beating heart of the high-frequency movement. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters.
The Type XXII chronograph model comes fitted with an integrated alligator strap.
Model: Breguet Type XXII, 10 Hz Flyback Chronograph With GMT
Ref. 3880ST/H2/ 3XV
Round, in steel, with fluted caseband. Diameter 44 mm. Round – ended horns. Two-way rotating bezel with 60-minute scale. Screwlocked crown. Water-resistant to 10 bar (100 m).
Oxidized black, signed BREGUET. Luminous hands and hour – markers. Chapter ring with Arabic numerals. Red chronograph’s seconds hand on a 30-second basis at the centre. Half-minute totalizer at the centre. 24 hour indicator at 3 o’clock. Second time zone indicator at 6 o’clock with luminous Arabic numerals. Small second on a 30-second basis at 9 o’clock. 30 / 60 seconds indicator in an aperture at 12 o’clock. Date in an aperture at 6 o’clock.
Self-winding chronograph with flyback function and second time-zone. Numbered and signed BREGUET. Cal. 589F. 13¼ lines, 28 jewels. 45-hour power-reserve. High frequency silicon escapement. BREGUET balance-wheel with regulating screws , silicon balance-spring. 10 Hz frequency. Adjusted in 5 positions.