Written by: K. Amanuel
Vincent Dupontreué recently introduced his new independent watch brand called “Breva.” The brand’s first watch is the Genie 01, which is part watch and part barometer-altimeter. This is the first wristwatch that features an altimeter and barometer for forecasting the weather. The watch was constructed by Jean-Francois Mojon of Chronode, and he has constructed an unusual and complicated but interesting watch.
The Breva Genie 01 comes in a 44.7 mm wide by 15.6 mm high case that is made of white or pink gold. Both models are limited to 55 pieces. The fully mechanical movement that powers this watch can be seen through the sapphire crystal display back. A circular scale is engraved around the perimeter of the case-back and provides correlation between altitude and air pressure. Three crowns on the case allow setting of the movement. The crown at the 2 o’clock on the top right has a knurled exterior ring that adjust the barometric pressure scale and the inner pusher adjusts the altitude indication. The crown at the 9 o’clock on the left adjusts the time and winds the watch. The crown located at the 4 o’clock has a knurled locking ring that rotates to lock or unlock an air valve. Above the crown is a red indicator on the dial that reads “Sealed” when valve is unlocked and air is allowed in.
The dial of the Breva Genie 01 is quite busy but has easily readable indicators for all its functions. The hours and minutes are shown on a semi-transparent sapphire subdial that is located at the 8 o’clock position. The small seconds are displayed at the 12 o’clock. A 65-hour power reserve indicator at the 4 o’clock position features an engraved compass rosse in the cap of the mainspring barrel, which rotates when winding the movement. It allows one to tell remaining power in the mainspring of the fully mechanical movement.
Aside from telling the time, the dial also allows wearer to tell altitude and forecast the weather. Between the 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock is an anaerobic capsule that measures air pressure. Air pressure inside the movement needs to be equalized with outside air using the valve at 4 o’clock before barometer can be used. The barometer’s weather forecast is displayed on a semi-transparent subdial at the 2 o’clock position.
As mentioned above, the Breva Genie 01 comes in two models: white gold and 4N pink gold. The white gold is priced at CHF 150,000 and the pink gold for CHF 145,000.