Designed in the grand tradition of Breguet timepieces, this one-of-a-kind Classique Chronograph 5284 with its openworked dial is animated by the Breguet hand-wound, hand-engraved, column wheel chronograph calibre 533.2 SQ (originally known as the Lemania 2310, one of the finest calibers in the world and used by many a brand including Vacheron, Patek, and Omega). The yellow gold 42.5mm case of this reference 5284 has Breguet’s signature fine fluting on the caseband; on the dial, we of course we all know the open-tipped hands — first designed around 1783 by the brand’s founder — are now known simply as the Breguet-style hands. The 3-9 chronograph register layout provides for 30-minute counting and small seconds, respectively, with the large central hand being the chronograph seconds.
Great piece with all the beautiful hand-engraving on the caliber, front and back sides:
Engraved “pièce unique” (unique piece), this watch marks the 5th participation of Breguet to Only Watch.
Should fetch a tidy sum for the Only Watch charitable cause. Be sure to check out all my Only Watch 2013 previews, here>>>
Did You Know?
Designed in the 1940s by Albert Piguet at the Lémania workshops, the calibre CH 27 undecorated movement quickly won a reputation for its endurance and reliability. It drew the attention of highly regarded brands, which preferred to use it for their chronographs rather than undertake the gigantic task of developing their own movement. Its popularity ensured its further evolution into the highly refined calibre Lemania 2310.