The title of “greatest of all watchmakers” did not come about by accident for Abraham-Louis Breguet. Because he invented more improvements than anybody else in the industry and created a distinctive design language for his works, it was established during his lifetime.
Breguet is most known for its tourbillon, a regulating mechanism that was patented in 1801, but its original “whirlwind” is seen in all of their watches, even those for ladies. With their spacious perspective of the tourbillon and stunning diamonds, two new gold Classique Tourbillon 3358 references were added to the collection.
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The two new Breguet timepieces are from the Classique collections, which reflect the founder’s adoption of neoclassical style to make his creations easier to read. Both versions are set with diamonds and come in 35mm gold cases featuring a sizable elliptical-shaped hole for the tourbillon.
The blue mother-of-pearl dial of the white gold Classique Tourbillon 3358 perfectly reflects the majesty of a starry night sky. Following Abraham-Louis Breguet’s desire for off-center display, the Arabic hours and minute numerals are shown in a disc at noon, denoted by traditional eccentric “moon” tip hands made of gold that have been coated with rhodium.
Five attached white gold stars can be seen in the disc’s centre, and the serial number is etched at four o’clock. Six of the stars that adorn the remaining portion of the blue dial are set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
The one-minute tourbillon is held by a comet-shaped bridge with 45 snow-set diamonds and a blue spinel serving as a pivoting stone for the tourbillon carriage. Those beats are visible through the wide oval aperture that commands the lower half of the dial.
Seventy brilliant-cut diamonds placed in the bezel, lugs, and crown of the 35mm white gold case, which has a thickness of 9.43mm, draw light to the piece. The fluted white gold caseband remains true to the “unmistakable signs” of Breguet’s design language.
The fully paved rose gold model comes with a more flamboyant vibe that glows from the light of 281 diamonds set in the case, bezel, lugs, crown, and dial. The hours and minutes dial are sweeping down from noon to show the beautifully decorated oval aperture as they reach the tourbillon. The chapter ring that held the hour index is made of white mother-of-pearl and features rose gold Breguet hands.
Just like the first model, there’s a fluted caseband that is decorated with 70 brilliant-cut diamonds and rose-cut diamonds on the crown. 14 ruby diamonds with a ruby pivot crown the escapement, while the deep well of the tourbillon is polished.
The hand-hammered baseplate, engraved with Breguet’s name, the movement’s unique number, and “Brevet 7 Messidor An IX,” the year Breguet’s tourbillon was patented according to the Republican Calendar, are visible through the sapphire caseback. The 187 D manual-winding movement features a 50-hour power reserve and operates at 2.5 Hz. The calibre has a hand-crafted Breguet terminal curve and a steel Breguet balancing spring, making it robust and precise.