To celebrate their official restart, the now Dutch-owned French watch brand will soon be releasing both a re-edition of the original legendary Airain Type 20 as well as a limited celebratory edition.
Airain Watches does not waste time. Relaunched just recently, the original French watch brand is about to release a re-edition of their famous vintage model; the highly sought-after military-style Type 20. But as if that wasn’t enough yet, they have announced a special limited edition.
For the purists, there will be a variety that faithfully mirrors the original 1950s version’s design and specifications, designed with the help of Type 20 connoisseurs and collectors. These include a hand-wound column-wheel chronograph with flyback function and countdown bezel. Protected by a domed Hesalite crystal, its black dial features the original Arabic numerals, with two registers at 3 and 9 o’clock that can count up to 30-minutes. The hand-applied Super-LumiNova colour has been carefully chosen to recall the luminescent material of the original Type 20. Although the 39.5mm stainless steel case will be slightly bigger than the original to match modern standards, it still fully captures its famous ancestor’s allure. The Type 20 Re-Edition is powered by Airain’s calibre AM1 which boasts 55 hours of power reserve, developed by Manufacture La Joux-Perret S.A. from La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.
Chocolate Brown Limited Edition
To appeal to the more novelty-focussed watch lovers, Airain will also be releasing a celebratory Brown Limited Edition. It has all the beautiful features mentioned above, but it will truly turn heads with its chocolate brown dial and strap. As it is a limited edition, it will undoubtedly become as hotly in demand as its predecessor.
Airain Type 20 Pricing
Retail price for the two Re-Edition models is € 2,550/US$ 2,940 and € 2,600/US$ 2,980 for the Brown Limited Edition with a pre-order campaign launching soon.
Beneficial Pricing for Investors
To kick-start their relaunch, Airain and sister brand Lebois & Co opened a crowdfunding campaign on international equity funding platform Eureeca. Investors who contribute are offered advantageous pricing (up to 40% off retail price) on watches of both brands.
About Montres Airain and Compagnie des Montres Lebois & Cie
Montres Airain is a sister brand of Lebois & Co, under umbrella company Compagnie des Montres Lebois & Cie. Originally founded in 1934, Lebois was relaunched in 2014 by Dutch watch aficionado and entrepreneur Tom van Wijlick. Airain followed suit in 2020. Both brands stem from famous French watchmaking dynasty Dodane, whose legacy as watchmakers began in 1857.
Adding Airain to the company’s portfolio is in line with its strategy to revive more historic brands, and to form a group of revived watch brands.
Airain Type 20 Technical Specifications
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 1950’s Type 20, 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 calibre AM1, developed by Manufacture La Joux-Perret S.A. in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
- Hours, minutes, seconds,
- chronograph with flyback function
- Calibre AM1 manual-wind column-wheel chronograph with flyback complication
- 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
- Twenty-eight (28) jewels
- 55 hours power reserve
- Incabloc shock protection
- Stainless steel case
- Diameter: 39.5 mm
- Domed Hesalite crystal
- Case-back, screwed down, engraved
- Black dial (ref 421.436 and ref 421.437)
- Brown dial (ref 421.458)
- Original Arabic numerals with Swiss Super-LumiNova
- Rhodium polished hands with Swiss Super-LumiNova
- Small second at 9 o’clock
- Chronograph second in the center
- 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock
- Genuine Suede leather in black (ref 421.437)
- Genuine Suede leather in cognac (ref 421.436)
- Genuine Suede leather in brown/mocha (ref 421.458)