When you look at surviving Breguet pocket watches from the days of Abraham-Louis Breguet himself, this fact becomes incredibly obvious. Produced in a time before electricity, many original Breguet pocket watches appear to have been produced just a few years ago. The perfection of the cases, the crispness of the dials, and the technology employed is outstanding, and there is no question that every available ounce of effort was put into their design and construction. Today we look at an antique original Breuget pocket watch, as well as two modern pocket watches they produce in small numbers that of course are inspired by the past.
The cult-favorite Italian watchmaker Anonimo and Visconti are both based in Florence (Firenze), Italy. Anonimo shut down a few years ago due to the poor economy but was brought back last year (aBlogtoWatch visited the Anonimo manufacture here). Having said that, it isn't really the "same Anonimo." Some of the primary men responsible for the production and design of the previous Anonimo watches that people so loved are responsible for Visconti's new watch collection. So in a very real way, it is not inaccurate to say that Visconti is continuing the legacy of Anonimo and picking up where they left off.
Since the 1972 debut of the Royal Oak, the term "luxury sports watch" no longer sounds weird. If anything, over the past four decades, and especially since the new millennia, this previously unimaginable market segment has surprised us, brought forth new horological designs, and ultimately created a major global category unto itself. In other words, the most popular high-end segment watches are luxury sport timepieces. What we are looking at today is the Revelation R03 Chronograph and it stands out as unique by offering a two-dial system in a very attractive package.
I'm never surprised to be surprised by the new watches RJ releases. Often the most interesting models are the most limited. 2013 saw the release of this wild-looking Moon Orbiter Tourbillon and other models such as the also limited edition Space Craft (hands-on here). No accident there– the brand is on a serious "space kick" and there is no sign of that lessening anytime soon. It started with the Romain Jerome Moon Dust DNA collection, but really took off with the Moon Invader collection (hands-on here)– the first range of models meant to emulate the look of space ships and other celestial landing craft. Having said that, the Moon Orbiter Tourbillon is the current flagship of all the RJ space watches.
At about 12 o'clock there is a small subsidiary dial for the seconds and under the main altimeter dial is a both a power reserve indicator for the movement as well as an indicator of whether or not the air valve is open. Unlike digital watches such as the Casio Pro Trek timepieces that have digital barometers and altimeters, the air valve on the mechanical Breva Genie 02 Terra must be manually opened to allow air into the watch to determine the altitude. Breva makes use of an osmotic Teflon membrane that they suggest works well to keep out dust and moisture. Still, it is a good idea to keep the value closed when not in use.