Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Breva Geneve Génie 03: A Speedometer on The Wrist

After the successful launches of Génie 01 (the world’s first wristwatch with time, altimeter and barometer) in 2013 and its upgraded version Génie 02 (Terre & Air models) in 2014, the young luxury watch brand from Geneva unveils this year, the Génie 03, the world’s first-ever wristwatch with a functional speedometer.

Till now, watches could only calculate speed by using an engraved scale marked in miles or kilometers per hour, using the sweep second hand or chronograph functions to calculate the speed against a measured mile or kilometer. While this would satisfy certain requirements, it was not a “real-time” indication with constant refreshing.
The world premier timepiece Génie 03 is fitted with a patented “instant speed” scientific measurement mechanism, with a proprietary extrusion mechanism that creates a unique look. When extended to indicate the speed, it stands 6mm proud of the watch itself. Within the Titanium G5 extrusion mechanism, comprised of 45 components, are hemispherical special alloy Robinson cups, in the manner of an anemometer. The classic device for measuring wind speed, it has been adapted in Génie 03 to display speeds of 20 to 200 km/hour or 10 to 125 mph.
When worn on the wrist of a cyclist, motorcyclist, speedboat operator or automobilist, with wrist exposed to the moving air, Génie 03 will indicate the speed with a red hand, against printed inner speed indexes and an engraved lacquered field for the external speed scale on the speedometer’ bezel. Its readings are instantaneous and require no calculating on the part of the user, nor does the watch need the user to locate a measured mile or kilometer.
Génie 03 is water resistant to 30 meters at all times, with speedometer open or closed, and dust resistant even with the speedometer active. Naturally, Génie 03 performs the regular watch function of telling the time, with hours, minutes and seconds, as well as indication of power reserve. Winding is automatic, the power reserve a healthy 60 hours.
Technical details
Movement
Proprietary mechanical automatic movement developed exclusively by Breva
Caliber: BRE03.001
Diameter: 35 mm
Number of components: 230
Number of jewels: 34
Balance frequency: 4 Hz displayed balance wheel
Power reserve: 60 hours through front facing skeletonized barrel
Automatic system, micro rotor engraved with the Breva compass rose
Speedometer
Patented instant speed scientific measurement with proprietary extrusion mechanism
Hemispherical Patented alloy Robinson cups
Titanium G5 extrusion mechanism
Display: 20 to 200 km/hour or 10 to 125 mph
Number of components: 45

Functions
Indications
Hours, minutes, seconds, instant speed, power reserve indicator

Case
Case material: titanium G5
Dimensions: 44.70 mm x 15.70 mm
Thickness with anemometer closed: 17.50 mm
Thickness with the anemometer open: 23.50 mm
Number of components: 83
Crown: setting crown at 4 o'clock
Pusher: speedometer activation pusher at 2 o'clock
Crystals: sapphire crystal and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water resistant movement: 30 meters (at all times)
Water resistant speedometer: 30 meters (speedometer closed)
Dust resistant: speedometer active

Dial
Time dial: white gold indexes on smoked translucent sapphire crystal dial
Speedometer dial: printed inner speed indexes and engraved lacquered field external speed scale on bezel
Speed scales: available in kilometers or miles per hour measurements

Strap
Natural rubber strap with titanium G5 pin buckle

Suggested retail price
Price: CHF 48.800 + TAX

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