In 1795, the world’s first tourbillon movement was invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet. At a time when watches were still worn vertically, it was a truly revolutionary feat (the French-Swiss watchmaker’s movement effectively negates the forces of gravity on a timepiece for great accuracy). Ever since, innovation has been at the heart of the House of Breguet.
In 2019, the Breguet Tourbillon gets an exciting modern update. The name of this new piece—Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395—says it all: classic Breguet tourbillon movement meets ultra-thin skeletonised design.
To ensure the see-through openwork face is displayed in all its elegance, Breguet’s self-winding 581 caliber has been shrunk to a thickness of just 3mm, and many of the mechanical parts including the 18-carat gold plate and bridges have been hollowed out. Additionally, the watch face is encapsulated in a dome-shaped sapphire crystal for better visibility of the movement.
On top of the complex complication, this masterpiece retains the House’s design codes with its signature guilloche, fluting caseband and screwed lug bars.
The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 dial is 41mm in diameter and is available in 18-carat pink gold or platinum, with an alligator strap and folding clasp.