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The stylistic features and the cutting-edge technology make these watches finest specimens in the world of horology
Breguet goes with the inexorable flow of time in the creation of fine timepieces. Since its beginning in 1775, the Manufacture Breguet has endeavoured to apply watchmaking excellence to exceptional timepieces. Today as in the past, the Breguet name stands for innovation, classic elegance and the quest for stylistic and technical perfection. Breguet’s artisans are not content just showing their unswerving adherence to the classic style, they constantly reinvent it. Its beauty is particularly conveyed by the company’s traditional stylistic features and the outstanding finishes achieved by the skilled hands of its master-craftsmen. Breguet is in fact one of the few manufacturers that does all its engine-turned engravings in the traditional way. It has expanded its workshops at L’Orient to keep alive ancient craft skills. Here we present a selection of watches, the Manufacture unveiled at BaselWorld.
Previewed at BaselWorld 2013, Breguet’s Classique Tourbillon extraplat automatique returns to the stage nobly dressed in platinum. Its looks are matched by ingenuity, for this extra-thin watch houses one of the more spectacular horological inventions – an off-centred tourbillon in a titanium carriage protected by a number of patents. The movement of this reference 5377 is also fitted with a non-magnetic silicon balance spring and an escapement made of silicon and non-magnetic steel. Its technical features enable the calibre 581DR movement of this Classique Grande Complication to reach a frequency of 4Hz, which is high for a tourbillon. This does not imply any loss of power reserve, for the patented high-energy barrel keeps the reference 5377 going for up to 90 hours off the wrist. To keep the thickness of the movement down to 3mm in a 7mm-high case, Breguet designed a peripheral rotor in platinum, winding in both directions of the spin. This technical achievement makes the reference 5377 the thinnest self-winding tourbillon. The stylistic features of this 42mm platinum wristwatch include four different engine-turned patterns executed by hand as a mark of respect for old traditions of supreme workmanship and flawless finish. The hours and minutes chapter is enhanced by a Cloude de Paris hob-nail pattern edged by a barleycorn motif. The power-reserve indicator at 8:30 is decorated with engine-turned strait chevrons, while each element has a cross-hatched border. A blue sapphire set into the centre of the tourbillon bridge draws the eye to the hands. This new self-winding extra-thin Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon shows off its class as a pure Breguet creation, combining timeless styling and cutting-edge technology.
Breguet watches convey the passage of time in the most considerate way. It is thus quite natural for the company to apply its expertise to extend the usual hours, minutes and seconds of the day to the days themselves, and to the dates, months and years. Since its beginning, Breguet has produced a number of perpetual calendar models, each as complex as it is fascinating. Although the Classique collection already includes several perpetual calendar models, Breguet’s watchmakers set about creating a new version, the reference 3797. In it, they have paid particular attention to the styling for a more intuitive display of the indications without compromising on the charm of the watch. The amount of information displayed on the dial can be confusing, so Breguet has added a third dimension. By lifting the hours and minutes chapter to the foreground, the timepiece draws attention to the essential information. A further glance takes in all the other indications. The reference 3797 does this with an offset sapphire disc. The opaque chapter ring with its metallic Roman numerals reveals time instantly with the aid of the Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel. Beneath the disc, an engine-turned hobnail pattern decorates the dial, overarched by the semi-circular scale of retrograde dates.