Breguet Unveil An Anniversary Tourbillon

Breguet Unveil An Anniversary Tourbillon

The year 2021 marks the 220th anniversary of one of the greatest watchmaking complications of all times: the Tourbillon. An exquisite mechanism of unrivaled complexity, the invention lies at the heart of a genuine human adventure that, to this day, contributes extensively to the reputation of its creator Abraham-Louis Breguet and his House. 

The House of Breguet is paying homage to its founder’s invention, which opened up a new world of precision, stability, and elegance in fine horology. Breguet’s tribute comes in the form of the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Anniversaire 5365.

With its limited run of 35 pieces, the same number of tourbillon watches made during Abraham-Louis Breguet’s lifetime – this stunning timepiece is a heartfelt tribute to the timeless aesthetic and visionary genius of the master watchmaker. In its attempts at authenticity, Breguet’s design for this timepiece is elegant and understated, reaffirming the brand’s standards put in place by its founder.

Throughout its history, Breguet has refined both the range of its engine-turning work and its predilection for specific motifs. Such is the case with the Clous de Paris, which takes up the entire central part of the timepiece. Handmade with a diamond chisel, it is created by interlacing engraved and crossed lines with a pitch of only 0.25 millimeters. From a distance of 50 centimeters (the usual distance for reading a wristwatch), it gives the illusion of a matte finish. This makes it easier to read the hours and minutes, indicated by the two central blued steel off-center open-tipped hands, now known as ‘Breguet hands’. On the periphery, the piece is decorated with a grain d’orge (or ‘barley grain’) motif that is cherished by the brand. On the rear of the piece, the platinum rotor is engine turned with a wave motif.

For this anniversary piece, Breguet has fitted its reference 5365 with a 60-second tourbillon, visible between 4 and 6 o’clock, with one of these axes showing the seconds. More eagle-eyed horologists will notice two special features. Firstly, the piece’s upper bridge is made of blued steel, which is something of an unusual finish for a tourbillon in the Classique collection. Secondly, the cartouche affixed above the tourbillon, bears the text ‘Brevet No 157’, a reference to the patent number awarded to Abraham-Louis Breguet for his invention a mere 220 years ago.

This tribute is repeated on the rear of the piece, via the engraving ‘Anniversaire 1801–2021’ on the barrel, and ‘Brevet No 157 Du 7 Messidor An IX’ upon the lower bridge of the tourbillon, alongside the individual number of each piece. All of these references, along with the Breguet signature on the rotor, are engraved by hand. To the right of the movement, there is a faithful reproduction of the original water colour plate used by Abraham-Louis Breguet when filing his 1801 patent application for a tourbillon regulator. The piece is housed in a 41-millimeter rose gold case.

Technical Specifications:


REF. 5365BR/15/9WU

Case in rose gold with delicately fluted caseband.

Sapphire-crystal caseback. Diameter 41 millimeters.

Welded lugs with screw bars. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters).

Dial in 18-karat engine-turned, silvered gold, produced in four parts and following two different themes: Clous de Paris and grain d’orge. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Hours chapter with Roman numerals.

Open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel. Special mention of “Brevet No 157” engraving above the tourbillon.

Extra-flat self-winding movement with a blued steel tourbillon bridge. Small seconds on the tourbillon axis.

Numbered and signed Breguet. Caliber 581. 16 lignes. 33 jewels. 80-hour power reserve. Barrel on ball-bearing rollers. Reverse-side lever escapement with silicon horns. Silicon balance spring. Frequency 4 hertz.

Adjusted in 6 positions.

Leather strap with triple clasp buckle.

Limited edition of 35 timepieces, numbered from 1/35 to 35/35.

Price: £ 140 500.00 *

* Recommended retail price (incl. VAT)

For more information please visit the House of Breguet

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