One of the hottest Breguet novelty unveiled at BaselWorld 2014 is the Classique Tourbillon Quantieme Perpetuel 3797.
Although the Classique collection already includes several perpetual calendar models, with this new model Breguet succesfully created a very intuitive display of the many calendar indications with fascinating aesthetic results.
A distinctive new characteristic is the hours and minutes chapter which Breguet brought to the foreground. Made of opaque sapphire, this chapter ring with its metallic Roman numerals reveals the time instantly with the aid of the Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel. Beneath the disc, an engine-turned hobnail pattern decorates the dial, overarched by the semi-circular scale of the retrograde dates.
The one-minute tourbillon at 6 o'clock well balances the chapter ring. Its bridge is delicately chamfered and surmounted by a triple hand for the seconds.
The subdial for the days at 9 o'clock is engine turned in waves. In the movement, a snail cam makes the days hand jump instantaneously. At 3 o'clock a blued steel hand points to the months on a dial engine-turned in a shimmering sunburst pattern. At its centre a blue sun shows the leap years.
The 41 mm case with welded lugs is finely fluted in the typical Breguet style and is available in red gold or in platinum. On the back, a sapphire crystal glass reveals the finely decorated hand-wound movement, Calibre 558QP2, beating at 18,000 vibrations per hours or 2.5Hz and offering a power reserve of 50 hours.
A skeleton dial version, shown in the video below, will be available with reference number 3795.