Type 20 Re-Edition Project
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The Return of a Legendary Timepiece
Airain Type 20 Re-Edition
The Airain Type 20 Re-Edition faithfully matches in every detail the design and specifications of the original 1950’s Type 20, including a hand-wound column wheel chronograph with flyback function and countdown bezel. Its dial, protected by a domed Hesalite crystal, has the same Arabic numerals as the original timepieces, with two registers at 3 and 9 o’clock that can count to 30 minutes.
The hand-applied Super-LumiNova color has been carefully chosen to recall the original luminescent material of the original Type 20. The 39,5mm stainless steel case is slightly bigger than the original to match modern standards without losing the allure of its famous ancestor.
The Type 20 Re-Edition is powered by our caliber AM1 which boasts 60 hours of power reserve, developed and made by Manufacture La Joux-Perret S.A. in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
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Type 20 Re-Edition
Type 20 Brown Limited Edition
Be One of 134
The Type 20 Brown Limited Edition celebrates the revival of Montres Airain and is limited to 134 pieces which refers to the founding year of Airain; 1934. It combines a stainless steel case with chocolate brown dial and strap which is available at a special pre-order price for a limited time only. You will be able to choose your preferred number upon checkout.
The Legendary Type 20
Learn about a legendary timepiece
Type 20 refers to a specification for pilot’s chronographs issued by the French Ministry of Defense. The unique feature of the Type 20 was the ‘flyback’ function, which allows the pilot to easily reset the chronograph hand, and quickly start timing a new event without the lag in time of pushing two more buttons.
Other characteristics of the original Type 20 chronographs were: a 38mm diameter and 14mm thick case, a black dial with luminescent indexes and hands, a hand-wound mechanical movement with a power reserve of over 35 hours, a relative precision of + or – 8 seconds per day and finally, the capacity to withstand the running, stopping and resetting of the chronograph more than 300 times without causing any problems to the movement.
The Story of Montres Airain
Presenting AIRAIN and our Type 20 Re-Edition and Brown Limited Edition
First Sketches of the Type 20 Re-Edition
by Matthieu Allègre, Watch Designer
In the Media
Don’t just take our word for it, see what the media are saying!
“an ultra-cool, faithful re-edition of the legendary Type 20 Flyback Chronograph (…) simply, clearly, utterly faithful to the original watch and, as such, makes for a super-attractive piece. But this new piece is more than just a pretty face, as the Dutch entrepreneur has pushed the concept quite far in terms of execution, historical relevance, mechanics, and (best of all) also in terms of price.”
“From all Type 20 re-editions, I must conclude that the new Airain is the most faithful to the original. The count-down bezel, Hesalite crystal, hands, typography, everything is very, very close to the original watches from the past (…) Even price-wise, the re-edition from Airain seems the most attractive as well.”