As far as the big watch manufacturers go, Brequet is at the very top along with A Lange & Sohne & Patek Philippe, in terms of prestige, finishing and collectibility.
When you look at a Breguet, there is no mistaking what it is. They are a brand that is so deep rooted in their heritage and yet maintain a standard of excellence that very few brands have been able to achieve and maintain.
For this Basel 2014, Bregeut will release a Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon Extra-Thin which will be available in Platinum and 18k rose gold.
The dial of this watch is made out of 18k white gold and has been silvered. What amazes me most is how this watch has four different engine tuned patterns on the dial which make this watch unique and distinct from any other Breguet out there today inlcuding: 1) a hobnail pattern for the hours and minutes chapter; 2) a barleycorn surround; 3) a straight chevron pattern for the power-reserve indicator at 8:30; and 4) cross-hatching to outline each feature. A blue sapphire at the center of the Tourbillon bridge draws the eye down from the blued steel Breguet hands. The hours chapter has Roman numerals.
These four different dial patterns are subtle yet give the watch character, texture and timeless old world charm all at the same time.
The case is an ideal size of 42mm in size and boasts the functions of hours, minutes, off center Tourbillon and a 90 hour power reserve.
An in-house automatic caliber 581DR has 42 jewels, beats at 4Hz (a high frequency for a tourbillon) powers this watch and is adjusted in six different positions.
To ensure that the height of the movement down to 3mm in a 7mm thick case, Breguet’s watchmakers have cleverly placed the bi-directional platinum winding rotor on the periphery of the movement, establishing this as one of the world’s thinnest automatic tourbillon watches out there today.
The balance spring and escapement are made out of silicon (with anti magnetic steel) while the off center Tourbillon movement carriage is constructed out of a patented titanium.
The strap is black alligator fitted on a on a platinum or 18kt rose gold triple-blade folding clasp.