Live Basel Photos: Breva Forecasts Weather & Altitude on the Wrist

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From the onset, Vincent Dupontreué was determined to launch a watch company that offered entirely new complications. He was not content to run another “me too” Swiss watch company that made different variations of the same movements. As he brainstormed, his thoughts kept returning to the weather. The weather is one of the first things anyone thinks about in the morning since knowing the weather is useful for dressing appropriately, and for planning the events of the day.

Vincent Dupontreué took his idea to the highly acclaimed watchmaker Jean-François Mojon, the creative genius behind the Harry Winston Opus X, the HYT H1 liquid display, and the MB&F Legacy Machine Nos. 1 and 2. Over the next three years, they worked through the challenges of expressing their brainchild into a wristwatch. In 2013, Vincent Dupontreué launched the Breva Génie 01, the world’s first mechanical wristwatch to display the time and a weather forecasting barometer.

For 2014, Breva presents its sequel, the Génie 02 mechanical timepiece with a high precision altimeter. The Génie 02 is available in two models, the Génie 02 Air and Génie 02 Terre. And what can we expect from Breva in 2015? Vincent Dupontreué promises that the third Breva will be totally unrelated.

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Genié 01 with altimeter & a weather forecasting aneroid barometer

Genie 01 (Weather)
Barometric clocks were cutting edge scientific instruments in the 17th century and, notably, the word for “weather” and “time” is the same in French (le temps). The Génie 01 is micro-engineered technology and the world’s first mechanical wristwatch to display the time, power reserve, altimeter and a weather forecasting aneroid barometer. The case measures 44.7 mm x 15.6 mm.

The hours and minutes are displayed on a smoky sapphire crystal subdial at 8 o’clock, with small seconds below 12 o’clock. An altimeter around the top perimeter of the case indicates the altitude from -300 to +5,300 metres. The barometric pressure is indicated on a smoky sapphire crystal subdial located at 2 o’clock. The barometric pressure range is between 973 and 1053 hectopascals (hPa), with graphics of different weather conditions. The 65-hour power reserve indicator is located at 4 o’clock.

The weather forecasting instrument is located at 6 o’clock. Two anaerobic capsules register small changes in external air pressure by expanding or contracting. This expansion and contraction drives a mechanical lever on top of the capsules; which in turn, transmits to the altimeter and barometer for a reliable weather forecast.

The timepiece has three crowns. At 9 o’clock, the screw-down crown adjusts the time and winds the movement. At 2 o’clock, the altitude and barometric pressure adjustment crown allows the wearer to compensate for elevation. At 4 o’clock, the crown locks/unlocks an air valve to allow a small amount of air to equalise air pressure within the case. An osmotic Teflon membrane filters any moisture from air that enters the movement. Just above the crown, a red indicator on the dial marked “SEALED” warns when the valve is unlocked.

The Breva Génie 01 is a limited edition of 55 pieces in white gold and 55 pieces in 4N pink gold. Price is $150,000.

Breva Génie 01, Breva Weather, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Genié 01 in 4N pink gold (LE of 55)

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
The dial displays the time, weather forecasting barometer, power reserve & altimeter

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
The “AIR” crown at 4 o’clock is an air pressure equaliser

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Proprietary movement developed exclusively for Breva by Jean-François Mojon

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
A circular scale engraved around the perimeter correlates altitude and air pressure

Breva Génie 01, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon

The Génie 01 video:

Génie 02 Air (Altitude)
The Breva Génie 02 Air combines a sophisticated mechanical timepiece with a high precision altimeter. The black Grade-5 titanium case measures 44.70 mm x 16.10 mm.

The hours and minutes are displayed on a grained and galvanised nickel-silver subdial at 8 o’clock. The indexes and numbers are three-dimensional and treated with Super-LumiNova. A high precision altimeter is located at 2 o’clock displaying meters (or feet). Around the top of the dial is the large-scale altitude indicator, which displays up to 5,000 meters (or 16,400 feet), with small seconds below. The 65-hour power reserve indicator is located at 4 o’clock.

Dual anaerobic capsules are located at 5 o’clock. Small changes in external air pressure cause the capsules to expand or contract. This expansion and contraction drives the mechanical lever on top of the capsules. The lever movements transmit to two precision, large-scale altimeter indications. The aneroid capsules were specially developed to Breva’s specifications and optimised for a wristwatch. The capsules are made from a special non-magnetic memory metal (a Breva-patented invention), which is lighter and stronger than aluminium and has twice the ductility of steel. The capsules are exposed for long durations to high temperature and pure oxygen to maximize thermal conductivity and oxidation resistance. The Génie 02′s aneroid capsules were developed specifically for registering air pressure for altitude readings rather than barometric pressure, and are different from those used on the Génie 01.

The timepiece has three crowns. At 9 o’clock, the screw-down crown adjusts the time and winds the movement. At 2 o’clock, the “ALT” screw down crown rotates both the altitude’s precision-scale and large-scale to adjust for variations in air pressure. At 4 o’clock, the “AIR” crown locks/unlocks an air valve to allow a small amount of air to equalise air pressure within the case. An osmotic Teflon membrane filters any moisture from air that enters the movement. Just above the crown, a red indicator on the dial marked “SEALED” warns when the valve is unlocked.

The Génie 02 Air is a limited edition of 55−pieces in black Grade-5 titanium and is available with calibrations in either meters or feet. Price is $132,000.

Breva Génie 02, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Génie 02 Air combines a sophisticated mechanical timepiece with a high precision altimeter

Breva Génie 02, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
The dial indicates the time and altimeter

Breva Génie 02, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
The aneroid capsules were developed specifically for registering air pressure for altitude readings

Breva Génie 02, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon

Breva Génie 02, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
“AIR” air valve & “ALT” altitude corrector

Breva Génie 02 Air, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Proprietary movement developed exclusively for Breva by Jean-François Mojon

Breva Génie 02 Air, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Case back engraved with 20 major airport codes along with their altitude

Breva Génie 02 Air, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon

Génie 02 Terre (Altitude)
The Breva Génie 02 Air combines a sophisticated mechanical timepiece with a high precision altimeter. The Grade-5 titanium case measures 44.70 mm x 16.10 mm.

The hours and minutes are displayed on a grained and galvanised nickel-silver subdial at 8 o’clock. The indexes and numbers are three-dimensional and treated with Super-LumiNova. A high precision altimeter is located at 2 o’clock displaying meters (or feet). Around the top of the dial is the large-scale altitude indicator, which displays up to 5,000 meters (or 16,400 feet), with small seconds below. The 65-hour power reserve indicator is located at 4 o’clock. The case back is engraved with 20 major airport codes along with their altitude.

The Génie 02 Terre is a limited edition of 55−pieces in Grade-5 titanium and is available with either meters or feet. Price is $132,000.

Breva Génie 02 Terre, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Génie 02 Terre combines a sophisticated mechanical timepiece with a high precision altimeter

Breva Génie 02 Terre, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon

Breva Génie 02 Terre, Breva Altitude, Breva Géneve, Vincent Dupontreué, Jean-François Mojon
Proprietary movement developed exclusively for Breva by Jean-François Mojon

The Génie 02 video:

See also Independent Watch Forum Live Basel Photos: Breva Génie 01 (Weather) & Génie 02 (Altitude)
Photos: Paul Boutros

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