The new high-end Swiss manufacturer, Breva, launched its second timepiece named Genie 02 Terra watch. This newcomer follows the brand’s very first model Breva Genie 01 launched last year which was the world’s first mechanical wristwatch that displays time, altitude, weather forecasting barometric pressure and power reserve.
Breva Genie 02 Terra Watch features the same technology which was introduced in the Genie 01 with a fully functional precision mechanical altimeter, time and power reserve indications.
The young founder of Breva, Vincent Dupontreué, once again has teamed up with a master watch designer, Jean-Francois Mojon, to create 100% Swiss made mechanical high-end timepiece. The result is the amazing piece that combines the stunning sophistication of a beautifully crafted mechanical watch with the practicality of a high-performance mechanical altimeter.
This exceptional novelty is housed in a Grade 5 titanium case which is harder to machine than other titanium variants. Also, it can be easily brushed and polished like steel or gold. The case measures 44.7mm in diameter and 15.6mm in thickness. Its massive case features a number of nice details on the lugs, between the lugs and the crowns (chevron-engraved pattern). The case also comprises three crowns: for winding/setting at the 9 o’clock position, for adjusting altitude at the 2 o’clock position and for opening and closing the air valve at the 4 o’clock position.
Long life and reliability of the watch are maximized thanks to an osmotic Teflon membrane that filters any moisture and humidity from the air before it enters the mechanism. A white on the dial marked SEALED at the 4 o’clock position warns when the valve is open.
The dial of the Breva 02 is dominated by the subsidiary dial at the 8 o’clock position which shows hours and minutes. This sub-dial features Arabic numerals 6 and 12 and white stick markers for hours. The precision altimeter counter is located at the 2 o’clock position and it shows either meters or feet (the future owner can choose).
A large scale for the altitude arcs is set around the top of the dial and it indicates up to about 5,000 meters (or 16,400 feet) of altitude. At approximately 12 o’clock position there is a small counter for the seconds. Below the main altimeter counter there is a 65-hours power reserve indicator and, as I have already mentioned, the indicator of whether or not the air valve is unlocked.
The beating heart of the Breva Genie 02 is an exclusive movement which is developed for Breva by Jean-François Mojon. The mechanism consists of 415 parts, has the frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour (3 Hz) and is compiled on 45 jewels.
The case back of the watch shows the complexity of beautifully finished mechanism that is nicely framed by the names of prestigious ski resorts − Aspen, Vail, Las Lenas, Gstaad, St Moritz, Zermatt, Courchevel, Cortina, Kitzbuhel, and Lech − along with their altitudes, engraved around the perimeter of the case back. Furthermore, when winding the movement, you can see the rotation of the cap of the mainspring barrel.
The front side of the case is protected with a sapphire crystal, while the display back is treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The case is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (100 feet). The new Breva is accessorized with a natural rubber strap, ending with a titanium tang buckle.
The new Genie 02 Terra Watch will be displayed at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 19-23, 2014. The recommended retail price is $132,000.