This is the latest timepiece from Breguet presenting a stunning blue dial with a tourbillon. As simple and clean as this timepiece looks, behind it you find some serious and rare artisanal skills which are becoming harder and harder to find not only in Switzerland.
The dial of this Extra-Thin Self-Winding Tourbillon with its stunning deep blue shine is created by using the traditional grand feu enamel technique. There are only a limited number of artisans still capable of mastering this age-old process, which was dear to Abraham-Louis Breguet, as he appreciated the spotless aspect it conferred on watches. Not surprising, given that he had revolutionised watchmaking aesthetics by ridding watches of heavy and superfluous decoration. Today, Breguet keeps this art alive with a workshop entirely dedicated to enamelling.
Enameling is a difficult process requiring repetitive processes which allow for zero tolerance for faults. One small mistake, and the enameller can start over from scratch and the dial he made sofar is only left to be thrown away as it is not possible to repair it or fix it in any way.
Beyond providing decoration to the dial, enamel work is a particularly specialised craft, one requiring rigor, patience, and technical mastery. After going through stages of grinding and cleaning, the enamel is applied with a brush to the gold dial while still wet, in a thin and consistent layer. It is then heated in a furnace at a temperature higher than 800°C. The final result is obtained by adding several layers of enamel until the desired color is reached. For the new timepiece, the hue is a blend of a number of blue nuances. The final step consists of gentle polishing before the dial is placed in the furnace one last time and this step provides it with its natural sheen. The dial’s gold elements are then beveled in a workshop dedicated to this revered craft. Then the different indicators are applied on the dial. In keeping with the very distinctive method, artisans provide a striking depth effect within the dial itself to the Breguet numerals, the hours chapter and seconds chapter, and the logo. The range of blues also emphasises the powdered silver indicators. Another subtle detail can be found above the tourbillon carriage: the famous secret signature. Introduced in 1795 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, it is a guarantee of authenticity that helped in the fight against counterfeits, which were already a problem at the time. Breguet places the signature on the majority of its models these days for decorative purposes, as homage to its founder.
Under the dial, lies the beating heart of the watch, with its minimalist design – the 581 caliber, which distinguishes itself through its finesse and technical performance. Breguet’s thinnest tourbillon movement showcased within this timepiece is no thicker than 3 millimeters, with the total case thickness measuring 7.45 millimeters. Placed between 4 and 6 o’clock, the tourbillon is housed in a titanium carriage that features a made-to-measure escapement and a silicon Breguet balance spring that oscillates at a frequency of four hertz, which is particularly high for a tourbillon balance spring. The Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 boasts an 80-hour power reserve thanks to its high-energy barrel, a concept patented by Breguet.
Case in platinum with a finely fluted caseband. Sapphire crystal caseback. Diameter 41 mm. Welded lugs with screw-secured bars. Thickness 7.45 mm. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m).
Dial in blue “Grand Feu” enamel, signed Breguet. Chapter ring with Breguet Arabic numerals. Breguet open-tipped hands.
Movement mechanical self-winding, extra-thin (3 mm), Cal. 581. 16 lignes. 33 jewels. Numbered and signed Breguet. 80-hour power reserve. Barrel mounted on roller bearings. Inverted lateral lever escapement with silicon horns. Frequency 4 Hz. Silicon balance spring. Tourbillon with titanium carriage. Small seconds on the tourbillon axis. 334 components.
Alligator leather strap with platinum triple folding buckle.
Sold only at Breguet boutiques
Available exclusively at Breguet boutiques, this new release in platinum features a blue alligator leather strap.
The House of Breguet, founded in 1775, is the epitome of excellence in watchmaking and forms part of the European cultural heritage. Its creations have graced the wrists of some of the greatest figures in history. The famous Breguet archives house the details of every watch sold since the end of the eighteenth century. Today, the artisans at the House of Breguet continue to make unique works of art that bear witness to the brand’s rich history.
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