Breguet is celebrating the invention of the Tourbillon in this period so we gladly take the opportunity to highlight one of the nicest tourbillon models from this prestigious Maison: the Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon Ref. 5317.
This wristwatch embodies the principles which have made Breguet such an icon in the watchmaking industry: purity of form, harmony of proportion and clarity of information.
From the finely fluted caseband to the hand-engraved guilloché dial, the Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon has all the hallmarks of the Breguet style.
The star of the the silvered gold dial is - at 6 o o'clock - the tourbillon, the device whose patent was registered by Abraham-Louis Breguet on 26 June 1801. One of the most famous of Breguet's inventions, the tourbillon was conceived to compensate for the errors in rate caused by the constant changes in the watch's position and consisted of mounting the escapement and sprung balance on a mobile platform (or carriage) which revolved on itself in a given period. Errors were thus reproduced regularly and so cancelled one another out, rather than accumulating. The video below helps to fully appreciate this remarkable invention.
The 5-day power-reserve indicator is positioned at 12 o'clock while the small seconds are on the tourbillon shaft.
The sapphire case back allows the lucky owners to admire the "B-shaped" oscillating weight and the beautifully hand-engraved movement.
The 39 mm case is available in yellow gold or platinum.