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    Pressure Situation

    It was only a matter of time before some enterprising Swiss exploited the mechanical aneroid barometer concept and turned it into a modern, display-oriented wristwatch. The Génie 01 ($150,000 in red gold) from the new watch company Breva is precisely such a timepiece. The centerpiece of the watch’s open-works movement is a pair of stacked anaerobic capsules, mechanically linked for better accuracy. A metal finger gauges the height of the capsules—and therefore the atmospheric pressure—which is then displayed on the dial. Since air pressure can be used both to gauge altitude and to forecast weather, Breva has crafted overlapping displays that do both. Adjustments on the crown fine-tune the altitude and equalize the pressure inside the watch, which are essential for obtaining accurate barometric readings. —James D. Malcolmson

    Breva, +41.22.737.49.98, www.breva-watch.com

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