Breguet’s Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique Grand Feu version promises to be a much awaited launch at this year’s Baselworld in a few weeks. Adding a timepiece with a Grand Feu enamel dial to its Grandes Complications collection, the maison reminds us of just why they have remained amongst the most revered watchmakers in the world for centuries.
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
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The inventor of the tourbillon brings its creation to the forefront in this understated yet remarkably attractive watch. The Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique has an exquisitely crafted enamel dial, made using the ancient Grand Feu enameling technique which employs very high temperatures to set the enamel. The blue Breguet hands indicating the hours and minutes mark a striking contrast against the traditional white enamel dial face.
The tourbillon itself, situated at 5 o’clock features a graphic, hand-bevelled tourbillon bar and a titanium carriage. The tourbillon axis also has a small seconds indicator, and in a configuration reminiscent of the watches created by A.L Breguet himself, the dial has a chapter ring with Breguet Arabic numerals off-set at 11 o’clock, placing it directly opposite the tourbillon.
Perfectly complementing the subtlety of the front of the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique, the ultra-tin (3mm) in-house Calibre 581 movement is elaborately decorated. The patented high-energy barrel is specifically desined to enhance energy storage, and it is intricately hand-engraved along with the bridges and the balance of the movement.
The Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique has a 42mm case with a fluted caseband and is available in either rose gold or platinum iterations. The rose gold version comes with a mahogany brown alligator strap while the platinum model has a blue strap.
The simple elegance of this watch makes it a timeless classic. The combination of a sophisticated horological complication and the subtlety of a minimalistic dial means that it would perfectly accessorise a suit or a pair of jeans. The Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique is definitely a HOT one to watch out for, and a must buy for a collector with a refined palate for luxury.