Breguet: Inventor of the Tourbillon, 1801

Breguet Classique Grande Complication Ref 5317

In addition to inspiring the name of this website (did you know that the perpétuelle was invented in 1780?) , watch enthusiasts can also thank Breguet for inventing the tourbillon.  An innovation whose origins date way back to 1801!  Below you can enjoy a great video about the tourbillon, as well a closer look at the Ref 5317 Classique Grande Complication (pictured above as well).

The Breguet Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon 5317 (39mm case of yellow gold $123,000, or platinum $137,900) is but one worthy showcase for Breguet’s most spectacular invention.

Breguet Ref 5317 Tourbillon Dial Closeup

On the back, the “B-shaped” oscillating weight reveals the beauty of the meticulously hand-engraved movement.

Breguet Tourbillon

  • Anthony Halstead

    One of the few times I’ve seen $130k make sense.

    • morten

      I actually thought the exact same thing when looking at the images.

  • goju1

    Great brand with tasteful watches.
    Breguet not only invented the Tourbillon but also he chose the name because of the concept of a whirlwind (of which Tourbillon is a synonym).