Breva Genie 01 – Tell Weather As Well As Time

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.

Tissot T Touch Trekking T001.520.47.361.00 • T0015204736100

Written by:  Leigh Anne Sanders

The Tissot T Touch Trekking T001.520.47.361.00 • T0015204736100 is the perfect wrist worn choice for keeping all those handy trekking tools close at hand.  This is not a watch, but a trekker’s tool chest designed to be kept immediately handy for easy use during all the situations an adventurer faces.

All of the most important tools used by an outdoors person are kept literally at your fingertips with the Tissot T Touch Trekking T001.520.47.361.00 • T0015204736100:  altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer.  A small display window is where you’ll read all of the data offered up by your amazing watch sized tool box.  One touch and you’ll get an update on what the current temperature is, what the weather is currently, and, more importantly, what the immediate forecast is for where you are.  While you will certainly be able to tell what the weather is at any given moment, knowing what’s coming around the next hour mark is a great advantage to the outdoors man or woman.

Another touch, and you’ll see the hand swoop around to give you a look at what your exact heading is, allowing you to get your bearings quickly and easily.  No need to fish around in your backpack for your compass, or try to stuff that bulky thing in your pocket.  Instead, use this watch to wear that tool right where it will be immediately handy.  More touches of your fingertip and more information will pop up on your watch, such as altitude in feet or meters to help you keep track of exactly where you are and how your trek is progressing.  There is certainly a lot to like about this watch!

Except that it isn’t a watch.  Individuals who are looking for a dial on a band that goes around their wrist and tells them what time of day it is will not be happy with this purchase.  There is only one hand on the dial, meaning that this device could not tell the time if it wanted to.  Although the “watch” does about everything else under the sun, it is not a time keeping piece, and so is not going to be a good purchase for somebody who wants an everyday watch.

The Tissot T Touch Trekking T001.520.47.361.00 • T0015204736100 has so many tools and functions, and a price tag of a mere $875.  There is no denying that having that many useful tools literally at your fingertips frees you up to enjoy your adventure without worrying about losing your compass or packing around heavy gizmos.  This watch is a great buy.