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Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820BA Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/breguet#.VXXow1qRPFI The Breguet Type XX Transatlantique is a refined survivor. Spawned from the same 1950s "golden age" of professional watches that launched the Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster, and Breitling Navitimer, the Breguet Type XX wasn't named; it was designated by the number of its French military contract number - #20. But this 18-karat yellow gold Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820BA is a 39.5mm luxury watch in every sense. Like a retired warrior who's earned his doctorate, this Breguet Type XX combines the rugged image of its past with the refined manner of its new role. And this Breguet Type XX is refined, indeed. Consider its complex three-link bracelet. The alternating finish of the links (brushed and polished), subtle fluting of the outer links, and contrasting white gold hinge of its deployant clasp speak to a high horology sensibility. The classic Breguet "coined" case flanks segue into a bidirectional pilot's bezel with a lumed index and high-polish surface. That, in turn, transitions into a concave rehaut that eases the step from bezel to dial. And what a dial! Breguet is known for its classical silver guilloche watch faces, but this Type XX Transatlantique departs from the norm with spectacular effect. Whether you call it off-white, ivory, cream, or eggshell, the warmth of this Breguet's dial is undeniable, and applied gold Arabic numerals compound the effect. A date window adds practicality at six o'clock, and the non-nonsense sports watch heritage of the old French Aeronavale warrior shines through - literally -thanks to abundant luminova luminescent material. Breguet's caliber 582Q, an automatic flyback chronograph, keeps the beat. Based on the celebrated Lemania 1300-series caliber, the Breguet 582Q maintains the flyback functionality and Lemania base movement that represent a continuous thread from the earliest days of the Type XX; many of the first military deliveries from Breguet's (then) Paris workshop included flyback Lemania calibers. The Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820BA is a highly evolved descendant of an all-time great aviation timepiece. Since the Swatch Group's 1999 purchase of then-moribund Breguet, Biel/Bienne's revitalization program has elevated the historic maison back to the summit of high horology. As Breguet's stock rises among enthusiasts, the company's one true modern icon - the Type XX - has become a leading light of the corporate comeback. See this exquisite Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820BA in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso