Pioneer of numerous watch-making technologies, the Swiss luxury watchmaker Breguet which is known for its ability to push the boundaries of horological construction, blending aesthetics with mechanical constraints, making it a full-fledged art in its own right, has now unveiled an impressive ‘Pre-Basel’ original timepiece. As a prelude to the 2013 edition of Baselworld which will take place from April 25-May 2, 2013 in Geneva and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors, Breguet introduced an original version of the emblematic Type XXII. Actually, the model in steel has been enriched with an original piece in 18-carat rose gold, which will highlight the beauty of this horological masterpiece that houses a Breguet chronograph movement with silicon escapement and flat balance spring whose frequency has been raised to 10 Hertz, that is 72,000 vibrations per hour, empowering the movement with outstanding regulating power, and enabling its chronograph seconds hand to complete rotation in just 30 seconds.
Additionally, the readout and start function have been made more precise with the usage of silicon, which results in more lightweight mobile components and avoidance of all sorts of lubrication problems produced by high frequencies. Further, the Breguet Type XXII, the first series-made mechanical chronograph with a 10Hz frequency impressively features a flyback function, which allows the totaliser to be returned to zero and instantly restarted in one and the same operation.
With a round 44mm 18-carat rose gold case dial that includes a second time-zone indicator along with an aperture for a date calendar, the model comes fitted with an integrated brown leather strap.