Breguet: Inventor of the Tourbillon, 1801
by Kyle Stults on March 02, 2013

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