This past Friday a few members of the #LAWatchGang and I had the pleasure to meet Jessica Gasser from Breva Genevè (also on Instagram) and we all got to play with a few of their timepieces. Prior to meeting Jessica, I had seen several photos online about the various Breva Genevè models and their unique features... needless to say, I was very excited to see these in person!
Breva Genevè is a relatively young brand that was founded by Vincent Dupontreué. They released their first timepiece, the Génie 01, in Baselworld 2013. Breva Genevè is known for seamlessly incorporating unique features into their timepieces. These features include weather forecast, speedometer, altimeter, and anemometer (knots).
The Génie 01 in rose gold (limited to 55 pieces) is very attractive, very complicated, and very expensive (around $165,000). This manual watch has a 65 hour power reserve manufacture movement with a list of crazy features... besides displaying time and power reserve, it also displays altitude and weather forecasting barometric pressure. How in the world does it do weather forecasting? It uses two stacked aneroid capsules (one visible on the dial at 5 o' clock) that expand and contract as air pressure changes. Now, how many watches do you know can do that?
The Génie 03 (around $53,000) is also a very unique timepiece. The function on these two Génie 03s is similar, except that the extrusion mechanism is calibrated to measure different things. One is called Speedometer and the other one is called Anemometer. Both Génie 03s from that night had a titanium case, however, the Speedometer had a black DLC treatment (prototype). The Génie 03 has a patented extrusion mechanism that uses an anemometer to measure wind speed. The Speedometer version is calibrated to measure 10 to 125 miles per hour while the Anemometer version is calibrated to measure 5 to 65 knots. The extrusion mechanism (which is 6mm tall) can be deployed by pressing the button located at 2 o' clock. To activate it, put the watch in the way of the wind and the gauge on top of the extrusion mechanism will indicate the wind speed in real time. To hide it, simply press the extrusion system down. Not sure when I would ever use this function, but it sure is cool as hell. Aside from this unique feature, the Génie 03 has a micro rotor, a 70 hour power reserve manufacture movement, an exposed balance wheel, and a power reserve indicator. Unlike most power reserve indicators that display hours or days left, the Génie 03 has an exposed main spring (which is rare) that allows the user to see how loose or tight the coil on the main spring is. The tighter the coil, the more power it has left.
All-in-all, I was quite impressed with the originality of the features and the quality of the timepieces. The Génie 03s also came in a very soft rubber strap that was incredibly comfortable. They are definitely unique watches for the watch connoisseur that wants something different and exclusive, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for that special function.