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Breva Génie 03 Speedometer

Breva, the independent watch company that has focused on weather-centric wristwatches up to this point – has moved into new territory with the creation of the world’s first-ever wristwatch with a functional speedometer. The Génie 03 is fitted with a patented “instant speed” scientific measurement mechanism – located between 1 and 5 o’clock on the dial – that pops up at the push of a button to take a speed reading. The mechanism consists of 45 parts and extends 6 mm. Using Robison Hemispherical cups (in titanium), similar to an anemometer which measures wind speed, the devices can calculate speeds of 10 to 125 mph. The Génie 03 is water resistant to 30 meters at all times, with speedometer open or closed (and dust resistant even with the speedometer active). According to Breva, “When worn on the wrist of a

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Jason Pitsch

Meet Breva CEO Vincent Dupontreué

Jason Pitsch

On a recent Friday in New York City, I sat down for lunch with Breva founder and designer, Vincent Dupontreué. We ate at the Wayfarer restaurant, located in the Quin Hotel at Central Park South, and discussed his background, as well as the new Breva Genie G02 Air. Afterwards, we did a shoot on the streets of NYC. Vincent then had to catch a plane from JFK back to Geneva to rest for a day, before flying out to another city the following week. The best watch brand CEOs are always on the move, constantly promoting and selling their products around the world. Vincent Dupontreué’s background and what inspired him to found a luxury watch brand Vincent was born in 1977, just outside of Paris in Corsica. At the young age of 11 Dupontreué was making and selling bracelets

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Jason Pitsch

The Breva Génie 02 Air Altimeter Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

We recently got a hands-on look at the latest watch to come from Geneva-based Breva – the Génie 02 Air Altimeter. It features a beautifully finished Jean-François Mojon/Chronode movement and is equipped with a high-performance mechanical altimeter. For the first time, Breva is offering a black case. Consisting of 88 total components, the case is in grade 5 titanium with a black PVD coating. It measures 44.70 x 16.10 mm, and while it is not small, it is a very comfortable and it does not look huge on the wrist. The steel crowns and polished accents give the watch a unique, sporty two-tone look. Personally, it is my favorite of the Breva watches to-date, both visually and functionally. In addition to the time, which is displayed on the off-center dial located between 6 and 9 ‘clock, the watch is primarily

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Hands On with the Breva Génie 01 and 02 (Slideshow)

We went hands-on with the mechanical altimeter equipped Breva Génie 01 and 02 timepieces earlier this year in Geneva and put together a slideshow to give you a look. Click the image above to view the show. Read what we previously wrote about the Génie 01 and Génie 02.

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The Breva Génie 02 Terre

This is the Breva Génie 02 Terre which uses a variation of the same Chronode produced movement used in the Breva Génie 01 (which was launched last year). The new functionality, and the highlight of the second Génie — is its precision barometric altimeter.

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The Breva Génie 01 With Mechanical Altimeter and Barometer

Founded by Vincent Dupontreué in 2010, after three years of research and development, led by Jean-François Mojon of Chronode, Breva will launch their first watch — the Génie 01 — at Baselworld next month. Breva is named after ‘La Breva’ which is a warm southern wind contributing to the agreeably mild micro-climate around Lake Como. While enjoying a beautiful weekend on Lake Como, Dupontreué came up with the name and the idea of creating a mechanical timepiece that forecasts the weather.

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