The French Aéronavale celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, it is partnering with its historical supplier Breguet to produce both a patronage undertaking honoring the Aéronavale’s history and a new 1,000 piece limited edition Type XX chronograph that will be available beginning in November.
Breguet’s relationship with the French military dates back almost two centuries, from in 1815, when A.-L. Breguet was appointed Horologer to the French Royal Navy. Breguet is celebrating the relationship by providing long-term support for the French National Navy Museum, allowing it to devote part of its permanent collection to naval aviation. The collection is housed in a 90 square meter “Aéronavale Room” within the museum, which is located at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The exhibition will be formally inaugurated in a ceremony scheduled for October 26.
The Type XX model was born 50 years ago, when the first 500 pieces were delivered in 1960. Like all Type XXs, the original pieces were “flyback” chronographs, and they and were inscribed on the caseback with the legend “Breguet Marine Nationale Aeronautique Navale.” These original pieces are now highly sought after by collectors.
The new 100th anniversary limited edition has some unusual features for a Type XX, including a black-lacquered rotating bezel with raised numerals. This limited edition will be delivered with a special presentation box and limited series certificate. The edition is limited to 1,000 numbered pieces in stainless steel with a 39mm diameter. The bezel is bi-directional, and the case is water resistant to 100 meters. The solid caseback is engraved with the official Naval Aviation centenary emblem. The dial is matte black with luminous hands and numerals. The movement is an automatic winding chronograph with flyback function, Breguet caliber 581, 13 1/4 lignes, 25 jewels, 48 hour power reserve. The strap is hand-sewn calfskin leather. The reference number for this edition is 3803ST/92/3W6.
This limited edition piece is priced at $9200, and it will be available beginning in November.
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