Like many watch company founders, Vincent Dupontreué decided to make his own timepieces when he could not find a satisfactory solution to what he wanted. In Vincent’s case he wanted to be able to accurately measure his surrounding environment.
Starting in 2010, he creates watches with complications to monitor barometric pressure, altitude and air pressure. The Génie 01 was created in partnership with award-winning movement constructor, Jean-François Mojon at Chronode. It is the world’s first wristwatch with barometer for forecasting the weather and features a patented mechanism consisting of dual aneroid capsules to measure air pressure.
Breva’s 950 platinum-cased timepiece features a transparent sapphire dial to display the complexities of the movement. To ensure the legibility of the data on the see-through dial, Breva has fitted raised galvanic numbers and markers and blued steel hands on the hours and minutes dial, a deep blue-hued barometer dial at 2 o’clock and blue raised numbers on the altimeter dial.
The mechanical, manually-wound movement informs the wearer with a small seconds dial, altitude indicator, barometric pressure indicator, power reserve indicator, air pressure equaliser, equaliser seal indicator, barometric scale adjuster, and altitude scale adjuster. The movement has a power reserve of 65 hours, and the dial features a blued steel indicator to indicate the estimated remaining power. Génie 01 Limited Edition of just 12 pieces in Platinum comes on a hand-stitched, navy blue alligator strap with a 950 platinum fold-over clasp.
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