Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Who Needs a Weatherman? The Génie 01 from Breva

Every now and then, a watch comes along that pushes the envelope -
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This is the Génie 01 from Breva.  Now perpetual calendars are all well and good.  Astrolabiums, well they're very nice as well.  But this is something different -

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The Génie 01 offers the time, an altimeter, a barometer - for forecasting the weather - and power reserve indication.  All of this from a fully MECHANICAL movement!  Here are the details straight from Breva -
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The Génie 01 is the world’s first mechanical wristwatch displaying time, altitude, weather forecasting barometric pressure and power reserve, with much of the movement on display through the open dial and display back. 

Génie 01 is a limited edition of 55 pieces in white gold and 55 pieces in 4N pink gold.

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A dial side tour reveals a plethora of easy-to-read indications to keep the wearer fully informed about current time, altitude, remaining power in the mainspring, and a weather forecasting barometer.

Hours and minutes are displayed on a semi-transparent smoky-sapphire sub dial at 8 o'clock, with small seconds below 12 o'clock. A scale displaying altitude arcs around the top perimeter of the 'dial'. Barometric pressure is indicated on a second semi-transparent smoky-sapphire sub dial at 2 o'clock, with icons providing scientifically based forecasts of likely weather conditions to come.



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A 65-hour power reserve indicator at 4 o'clock is instantly recognizable thanks to its engraved compass rose - an icon found throughout Génie 01. At 6 o'clock, an anaerobic capsule measuring air pressure dominates the lower section, with another identical anaerobic capsule underneath it to maximize sensitivity to the slightest change in air pressure.  

Three dual-purpose crowns on the case band provide power to, and allow setting of, the proprietary Breva movement. On the left at 9 o’clock, a two-position crown is dedicated to winding the watch and setting the time. On the top right at 2 o’clock, a knurled exterior ring adjusts the barometric pressure scale, while an inner pusher adjusts the position of the altitude indication.

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At 4 o’clock, a second crown on the right has a knurled locking ring that rotates 90° to lock/unlock an air valve. When unlocked, the valve opens and allows a small amount of air to equalize air pressure inside the case with the exterior air pressure. Longevity and reliability of the timepiece are maximized by means of an osmotic Teflon membrane that filters any moisture from any air before it enters the movement. Just above the crown, a red indicator on the dial marked ‘SEALED' warns when the valve is unlocked.




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