Breguet is introducing an exceptional new timepiece in the form of the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge. Inside the watch, two independent tourbillons rotate the movement on its own axis, thus moving the fixed hour hand around the dial. All bridges, plates, hands and gears are polished and decorated by hand. The back is decorated with a filigree engraving of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s former place of work, the building at 39 Quai de l’Horloge, Paris.
The case of the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge is platinum, and measures 46 mm in diameter. The central part of the case features the Breguet-typical fluted caseband, which is complemented by the welded, rounded lugs. The high, domed sapphire crystal protects the dial and allows for lateral transparency.
The dial itself is a sapphire crystal ring with an hour circle and Roman numerals. The Breguet minute hand in blued steel with a pomme ring tip indicates the minutes from the centre. The blue hour hand is in fact the fixed extension of the bridge of the two tourbillons, and moves along the central axis of the watch along with the entire plate in 12 hours.
The two tourbillons rotate once a minute on their own axis. The two tourbillon cages, which are made of black polished stainless-steel, beat independently of each other and have their own mainspring barrel. A differential gear determines the average rate of the two tourbillons in such a way that the plate rotates on its own axis once every 12 hours.
The mechanical calibre 588N is manually wound. When fully wound, its power reserve is 50 hours. One of the two barrels is fitted with a friction bridle so that the spring disengages until the second spring is fully wound. The striking frequency of the two tourbillons is 2.5 Hz. The two steel balance springs feature the so-called Breguet overcoil, which allows the spring to extend and contract concentrically.
Each of the components in the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge is hand-finished. In addition, the timepiece is elaborately decorated. The caseback bears an engraving of the façade of the house with the address, Quai de l’Horloge 39, in Paris. Abraham-Louis Breguet worked here from 1775 onwards. Additionally, the gold movement is visible through the caseback. Finally, the windows integrated into the engraving provide a view of the calibre 588N’s gear train.
The Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge is presented on a rubber strap with a so-called “stone effect”. It is secured by a platinum triple folding clasp. The exact price of the watch is available on request, but is around 650,000 euros.
|MODEL:||Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge|
|CASE MATERIAL:||Platinum case, fluted case band. Welded, rounded lugs.|
|DIMENSIONS:||Diameter: 46 mm|
Height: 16.8 mm
|STRAP/BRACELET:||“Stone” strap, natural slate on rubber. Triple folding clasp in platinum.|
|POWER RESERVE:||50 hours|
|FREQUENCY:||18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)|
|FUNCTIONS:||Hours, minutes, double tourbillon|
|PRICE:||Around EUR 650,000 (exact price upon request)|