Only Watch is a charity auction that will take place in Geneva on 7 November 2015, for which many prestige watch brands offer special pieces whose sale benefits the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy. Breguet, with its president and CEO Marc A. Hayek, are participating with a watch that will be the only one of its kind. The Type XXI 3813 chronograph is a superb, classic pilot’s watch, derived from the chronographs that Breguet made in 1935 and that were delivered to the French air force and navy from 1954 to 1970. Those historic pieces quickly became popular both with pilots and collectors. Breguet later produced a civilian version. The Only Watch version is exceptional because it is a one-off piece made in platinum.
It’s technically advanced, and its vintage style conceals a wholly contemporary movement, providing the flyback function that enables the chronograph to be instantly reset and restarted. The case is in platinum, 42 mm in diameter, with the trademark Breguet fluted caseband, and a screw-down crown that enables water resistance to reach 100 metres. The dial looks like a conventional chronograph, but it’s very different, with both chronograph seconds and chronograph minutes shown by needle-type baton centre-sweep hands, and chronograph hours at 6 o’clock. The other two subdials are for continuous seconds at 9 o’clock, and a 24-hour time display at 3 o’clock. The latter is in fact a day-night indicator, subtly divided into a darker section below for times from 18.00 to 06.00, and lighter above for times from 6.00 to 18.00. There is a date window at 6 o’clock. Hands and Arabic numerals are coated with luminescent SuperLuminova. The watch is mounted on an aged calfskin strap that enhances the vintage look.
The movement is the automatic 584Q/1 calibre, with bidirectional rotating bezel. The watch is reference 3813PT/G2/3ZU. And the price? That will depend on the bidders on 7 November!