by Kyle Stults on March 03, 2014
As I stated two years ago: for any watch enthusiast and iPad owner, Breguet’s Quai de l’Horloge app is a must have. Now moreso than ever for those of you who can’t get enough of Breguet! In the latest (annual) issue of Le Quai de l’Horloge, watch enthusiasts are treated to a sneak peak at the Hommage Nicolas G. Hayek Grande Complication. This tantalizing reveal is nonchalantly included as part of the “Atelier des Grandes Complications” article — one of several enchanting articles, photos and videos about Breguet in this the 3rd annual edition of its iPad app. If this alone does not compel you to download the app, I don’t know what will
Breguet Hommage Nicolas G. Hayek Grande Complication
currently under development
As I said in my initial review in 2012, the Breguet iPad app is intuitive and easy to use — crisp navigation, rich and detailed high-res photos and insightful story lines. And with the Breguet Hommage Nicolas G. Hayek Grande Complication getting attention in this issue No. 3, it is truly a must-have publication for the Breguet aficionado or collector. Knowing that the manufacture’s Grand Complication is currently under development, the question now remains…when will it be officially unveiled? Baselworld 2014? Stay tuned…
If this is the first you are hearing of Breguet’s Le Quai de l’Horloge iPad app, worry not — you can download it today and still access all 3 issues — at no cost — from within the app. Download (for free) Breguet’s Le Quai de l’Horloge iPad here>>>
if you haven’t downloaded Breguet’s iOS app, you are missing out!
A quick update to my earlier post on the new Breguet La Musicale 7800. The watch is one of the most spectacular pieces of haute horlogerie to be released this year and is a new version of the Breguet Réveil Musciale which was first presented in 2010. The timepiece is still home to the patented Breguet caliber 777, however when the button at 10 o’clock is pushed it plays “Badinerie” by Johann Sebastian Bach. The badinerie is best known for its designation as the final movement of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor. The center of the platinum-plated dial rotates completely when the music is activated. Read the rest of this entry »
by Kyle Stults on July 25, 2013
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.
Given the Caliber number I assume, but will confirm when I meet with Breguet, that this piece is mechanically similar to the Reveil Musical (Cal 900, circa 2010). The centre of the dial rotates completely when the music is activated. On/off indicator for the sound in an aperture between 9 and 10 o’clock. Power-reserve indicator for the music in an aperture at 3 o’clock. Stunningly beautiful engine turned dial pattern! I’ll also find out what tune it plays!
48mm x 16.6mm rose gold case, caseband engraved with a musical score, Rotating dial is platinum plated and engine-turned, automatic mechanical Breguet Cal 901
An0ther thin piece from Breguet, this one 8mm, and 38mm diameter. 96 hour power reserve, too — Breguet notes that it has a patented high-energy barrel.
rose gold case with fluted caseband, dial silvered and engine-turned in a hobnail pattern. Hand-wound Breguet Cal. 515DR movement (4Hz) with small seconds and power reserve of 96 hours (dial indicator at 1:30)
A new, two-register central chronograph from Breguet, with manual wind caliber.
42.5mm rose gold with a finely fluted caseband (12.1mm thick), dial silvered and engine-turned in four different patterns; Small seconds at 9 o’clock and 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock, tachometer scale around the hours chapter.
Hand-wound chronograph movement Breguet Cal. 533.3, (Power reserve of 48 hours, 3Hz)
Also available in a white-gold case: ref. 5287BB/12/9ZV.
Also available with a black dial in a white- or rose-gold case: refs 5287BR/92/9ZVand 5287BB/92/9ZV
by Kyle Stults on April 25, 2013
Baselworld 2013…7mm thin
If I am not mistaken, this is now the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch at 7mm. Just days ago Arnold & Son previewed their UTTE whose case is 8.34mm, and claimed world record status. The caliber in that watch was 2.97mm thin. However I have no word on the thickness of this caliber (although the case dimensions are certainly thinner). Back with more soon…
Breguet Classique Grandes Complications 5377BR
42mm rose gold case (7mm thin) with a finely fluted caseband, gold dial, silvered and engine-turned in four different patterns, hours chapter with Roman numerals; Breguet open-tipped hands in polished steel; small seconds on the tourbillon. Power reserve (90 hours) indicator at 8:30.
automatic mechanical extra-thin tourbillon movement, Breguet Cal 581DR, Barrel on roller bearings. Lateral lever escapement in silicon and anti-magnetic steel. Silicon balance spring. 4Hz frequency.
Also available in a platinum case: reference 5377PT/12/9WU.
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).
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Breguet offers an excellent line of cufflinks, dating back to its Breguet “B” cufflinks which I believe were first introduced in 2007. Shown here is the latest offering from the brand, the Breguet Classique Email Grand Feu cufflinks in white gold. The face of the cufflinks are white enamel (“email”) and feature a gold-accented moonphase display. The Arabic numeral 8 is on one cufflink and 9 on the other, in black enamel — I’m not sure if there is any significance to these numerals. Hours chapter and markings in black enamel.
Breguet Ref 7787 Enamel Cufflinks
Breguet’s cufflinks are, as one would expect, modeled after the manufacture’s own watches. The cufflinks shown here are no exception — Breguet connoisseurs may recognize these cufflinks as sharing much in common with the Breguet Classique Moon Phase enamel wristwatch, Ref 7787 which debuted in 2011. Red gold gold cufflinks of the same style shown here also debuted in 2011, I might add. Does this suggest that the 7787 enamel will be issued in white gold for 2013? Possibly.
Did You Know?
In addition to their fine timepieces, many high end brands make their own accessories and/or jewelry. Most often these items are little known, a consequence of their limited production quantities and that they are often sold through a brand’s own boutique or other select venues. This is not to say that they aren’t some of the most fantastic items in the showroom, it’s just that they play second fiddle to the real stars of the show, the timepieces.
In 2005, Breguet introduced its 7027 Tradition model, the first of its wristwatches to reveal the mechanisms of the movement on the dial side. Since then, the Tradition collection has become one of the most representative of the Breguet brand. In 2012 Breguet added a second timezone complication to the lineup: the Breguet Tradition 7067. Available in a 40mm rose or white gold case, this piece is a real beauty. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Video and more photos, after the jump
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