On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, Breguet is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with an 8 piece limited edition timepiece dedicated to women.
This watch, from the Classique collection, showcases a combination of in-house artisanal techniques: enamel and engraving expertise. The timepiece is an artistic interpretation adorned with six rabbits whose beauty gently manifests women’s sense of smartness and nimbleness.
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“Rabbit” represents well wishes in China. It is one of the Chinese zodiac signs that is closely associated with symbols of playfulness and smartness.
Breguet has drawn inspiration from the qualities of rabbits, and the manufacturer’s artisans have combined it with sophisticated enamel craftsmanship and hand-engraving techniques that bring to life this lively, free-spirited creature in a new timepiece in the Classique Collection.
The artistic dial Vividly and exquisitely, the dial depicts a dynamic scene in which six rabbits are playing around the greens against the backdrop of fluffy clouds. All the patterns are hand-engraved on an 18-karat white gold dial.
While the central motif is engraved below the surface of the enamel, rabbits are engraved on the enamel and outlined at a maximum height. The engraving of gold applied in watchmaking is a bas-relief technique consisting of sculpting patterns in the extremely small dimensions of a watch.
After sketching designs, the craftsman performs his demanding work using different engraving tools like chisels, while observing the component under the microscope. This is the most delicate step in the process of creation. This is followed by the cleaning and polishing of the work, which reveals its full splendor.
This 9075 model combines traditional Haute Horlogerie refinement with aesthetic elegance. At its heart beats the hand-decorated, self-winding 591C calibre. The movement is equipped with 171 components, including a silicon in-line Swiss lever escapement and a silicon flat balance spring. It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and has a 38-hour power reserve.
The case resistance is 3 bars (30 m). As in Breguet tradition, the components of the caliber are all finished by hand, by the craftsmen of the manufacture. The timepiece can also be admired from the back with its gold oscillating weight, delicately decorated with barleycorn patterns and guilloche work.