The legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet in Paris is something undeniable as the watchmaker from Neuchâtel came to Paris to set up shop in 1775 at 51 Quai de l'Horloge. Ingrained in many parts of the city of light, Breguet left behind an array of discoveries, inventions and of course one of the most powerful horological legacies in the world. The Eiffel Tower in Paris features 72 names of scientists, inventors, engineers, mathematicians and Breguet’s last name is there along with those other 71 last names. Located on the eight position from left to right on the Northeast side of the tower, Breguet’s name stands in all glory in one of the most majestic architectural marvels of the 19th century.
Experience: Visiting the Breguet Manufacture in L'Orient. Holding the World's Biggest Guillochage Department.
Embarking into a trip to go visit of one of the most important watch manufactures out there is one of the most appealing things when it comes to our watchlife. Breguet is today the second oldest watch brand as it was established 20 years after Vacheron Constantin opened its doors in 1755. Established in 1775 by its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet the father of the tourbillon, Breguet is today owned by the Swatch Group and located in the village of L’Orient in Swtizerland’s Vallée de Joux —considered the cradle of Swiss watchmaking. After a 3-hour train ride from Paris, we arrived at the Vallorbe train station only 15 minutes away from Breguet.
Insider: Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat ref. 5367. One of the Most Classic Looking Watches.
Endowed with a 41 mm round case in either rose gold or platinum, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat ref. 5367 is one of the most exquisite timepieces released by this manufacture in the past couple of years. Its ultra slender case measuring less than 8 mm in thickness —7.45 mm to be precise—, makes this watch one of the thinnest tourbillons in the market. Cloaked in white with a grand feu enamel dial with the classic Breguet numerals and the iconic blued steel Breguet hands, the tourbillon opening takes the center stage in a unconventional position between 4 and 5 o’clock. Rounded out by a dark brown alligator strap, this watch is as dressy as it gets.
Insider: Breguet Type XXII Flyback Chronograph ref. 3880. Equipped with a 10Hz High Frequency Movement and Just the Right Amount of Red.
The Breguet Type XXII Flyback Chronograph ref. 3880BR/Z2/9XV in 18K rose gold is perhaps our favorite sporty Breguet out there. As if the flyback chronograph and dual time zone features were not enough, this exceptional watch is also powered by a high frequency automatic movement beating at a frequency of 10 Hertz, yes 10 Hz. What makes this flyback chronograph even more special, is that the red chrono-seconds hand and red-tipped gold chrono-minutes hand, need to run twice around the dial to account for one elapsed minute when the chronograph is activated —in other words this watch features a 30-second/half-minute totalizer at the center— allowing for measurements of up to a 20th of a second.
Insider: Breguet Marine Alarme Musicale ref. 5547. Two Complications in a Gorgeous Looking Timepiece.
On this day, June 26th in 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet received the patent for his incredible horological creation, the tourbillon. While we could've brought you one of Breguet's tourbillons to remember him on this day, instead, we decided to bring you our hands-on of one of the latest watches released by Breguet. After holding the official title of chronometer maker to the French Royal Navy, Abraham-Louis Breguet tirelessly conceived and developed impressive timepieces that would leave an indelible imprint on watchmaking history and the Marine line pays homage to that spirit.
Baselworld 2018: Breguet Marine Chronograph ref. 5527 and Breguet Marine Self-Winding ref. 5517. Live Pictures & Pricing.
After holding the official title of chronometer maker to the French Royal Navy, Abraham-Louis Breguet tirelessly conceived and developed impressive timepieces that would leave an indelible imprint on watchmaking history. In the wake of this unique heritage and driven by the same constant determination to excel, Breguet unveiled the Marine Équation Marchante —Marine Running Equation ref. 5887— we featured here. This year, Breguet continues to redesign this line through three new creations, that are available in white and rose gold, and in titanium as a first for the brand.
Insider: Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon High Jewelry ref. 5349PT. A Platinum Case and 417 Diamonds Compose this Massive Grand Complication.
There are 'iced out' timepieces and then there's the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon High Jewelry ref. 5349PT. While we are not fans of 'iced out' watches or watches with diamond accents here at WCL, we do have to recognize that this Breguet Double Tourbillon is a masterpiece of horology and high jewellery. Fitted with a massive 50 mm case and a total of 417 diamonds throughout its dial and case, this Grande Complication is simply as special as it gets, thanks to its twin rotating tourbillons.
Breguet Classique Moonphase ref. 7787 'Grand Feu' Enamel Dial. Hands-on with a Classic, Elegant and Timeless Looking Watch.
One of the most classic looking watches released this Baselworld 2017 is the new Breguet Classique Moonphase ref. 7787 with 'Grand Feu' enamel dial. This timepiece along with the ref. 7147 we featured here, are the two latest 'Grand Feu' enamel dial watches from Breguet. Featuring a 39 mm case in 18K white gold with the traditional fluted caseband, a signature element of Breguet timepieces and a dial in 'Grand Feu' enamel, the new Breguet Classique Moonphase ref. 7787 is as elegant as it gets.
Featuring a 40 mm case in 18K white gold with delicately fluted caseband and a dial in Grand Feu enamel, the new Breguet Classique ref. 7147 is the epitome of elegance in a time-only watch that contains all the signature elements of this manufacture. The Grand Feu enamel dial featuresArabic numerals in the traditional Breguet typeface and a small recessed off-centered seconds subdial at 5 o'clock.
Following their unique heritage, Breguet launches the Marine Running Equation ref. 5887 in platinum and also in rose gold. This Grande Complication marks the start of a new era for the contemporary Marine collection and incorporates a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and an equation of time in one timepiece. The equation of time is one of the rarest and most fascinating horological complications and it serves to display the difference between mean solar time, corresponding to civil or standard hours and minutes, and true solar time, meaning the actual solar hours and minutes.
The new Breguet Classique Hora Mundi ref. 5727 ref. 5727BB/12/9ZU in 18K white gold is the perfect successor to the previous iteration of the Hora Mundi ref. 5717 —only available in rose gold or platinum. The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi ref. 5727 is a very easy to use world timer in terms of functionality and one of our all time favorites when it comes to classical design. Still fitted with a robust 43mm case like its predecessor, the new Hora Mundi ref. 5727 maintains all the Breguet design cues including the delicately fluted caseband and the welded lugs with screw bars.
Insider: Breguet Classique Small Seconds ref. 7147. Hands-on with a Very Slim and Super Elegant 'Time Only' Watch.
In our book, Breguet stands for ultimate elegance and unparalleled classical horological design and such is the case of the newest addition to the Breguet family. We are talking about the 'time only' Breguet Classique Small Seconds ref. 7147. This new timepiece, that couldn't be more Breguet as it is heavily fueled by the rich DNA and history of the brand is available in 18K rose gold or 18K white gold.
Baselworld 2016: Presenting the new Breguet Type XXI Flyback Chronograph ref. 3817. Hands-on Review, Live Pictures & Pricing.
While attending Baselworld 2016, we were asked many times by friends, other journalists, watch collectors and even by some of the representatives of the brands, what were the watches we have liked the most during the show. While is really difficult to come up with the right answer after reviewing close to a hundred different watches in less than a week, one watch that we can't stop thinking about and that we'll have to include in the list of our ten favorite watches at Baselworld 2016 is the new Breguet Type XXI Flyback Chronograph ref. 3817ST/X2/3ZU.
News: Breguet Acquires a Dashboard Chronograph Specially Created for Bugatti. Meet The Breguet No. 2023.
Breguet continues to expand its collection of antique pieces with the recent acquisition of their watch No. 2023, a special dashboard chronograph specially made for Bugatti. The Breguet Chronographe Spécial Pour Bugatti No. 2023 was purchased on February 6th, 2016 at an auction that took place in Paris. The Breguet No. 2023 watch testifies to the brilliant and remarkable diversification demonstrated by the Maison throughout its history. The dashboard chronograph No. 2023 was acquired from Artcurial during the closing auction of the Rétromobile Exhibition, an unmissable event for classic car enthusiasts.
At the end of last year, we were able to get our hands on the Breguet Classique Complications 1907 pocket watch worth one million U.S. dollars. This massive 18K yellow gold pocket watch regulator weighing almost three quarters of a pound —338.2 grams to be precise— and with a case diameter of 56.50 mm, is no joke. This is by far, one of the heaviest pocket watches we have ever reviewed and one that is definitely worth its price.
Insider: Breguet Classique Chronométrie ref. 7727. A High Frequency 10Hz Timepiece with Six Different Hand Guilloché Motifs on its Dial.
Today, we bring you our hands-on review of the Breguet Classique Chronométrie ref. 7727BR/12/9WU. This particular watch was awarded the Grand Prix 'Aiguille d'Or' at the GPHG in 2014. Additionally, this is one of the few Breguets featuring the new 10Hz high frequency escapement composed of a magnetic balance with double balance spring, lever and escape wheel in silicon. The Breguet Classique Chronométrie ref. 7727 is a perfect example of Breguet's DNA in a timepiece that offers the basic time function with a 1/10th of a second subdial and power reserve indicator.
Today, we bring you our hands-on review of the Breguet Classique ref. 7787BR/12/9V6, a simple, elegant and extremely good looking timepiece. The Breguet Classique ref. 7787 is a perfect example of Breguet's DNA in a timepiece that offers a moon phase and power reserve complications. Fitted with an 18K rose gold case —also available in 18K white gold— measuring 39 mm in diameter by 10.2 in thickness, the Classique ref. 7787 brings the best from this manufacture at a somewhat reasonable price. The Classique ref. 7787 not only features all the traditional Breguet elements, but seems to be one of the best selling Breguets out there for those looking for a point of entry timepiece from this manufacture.
News: Presenting the Breguet Type XXI Flyback Chronograph in Platinum ref. 3813PT. Unique Piece for ONLY Watch 2015.
Breguet and its President & CEO Marc A. Hayek are renewing their support to ONLY Watch by participating in the 6th edition of the biennial charity auction co-organized by the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy and the Monaco Yacht Show. Within this context, the Maison has developed a one-of-a-kind creation for this sale, from which the proceeds will benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The watch, a special Type XXI chronograph, made for the first time in platinum. This model will be on show in Monaco at the end of September before moving on to Hong Kong, Beijing, New York and London. It will end its tour in Geneva, where it will be sold to the highest bidder on November 7th 2015. Stemming from the wrist chronographs produced by Breguet in 1935, the first Type XX watches were developed to order for the French military and delivered to its air force and navy from 1954 onwards through to the 1970s. Supplied to pilots as standard issue, the Type XX soon became a cult object much sought-after by aviators. This enthusiasm incited Breguet to produce a contemporary civilian version some years later.
The Breguet “La Musicale” ref. 7800BB/11/9YV is one of the most fascinating and mesmerizing complications we have reviewed recently. This amazing timepiece turns into a musical box that plays a crystal-toned version of "The Thieving Magpie” overture by Rossini. The music can be played on demand or as an alarm —a melodic reminder at a desired time.
This watch features a robust white gold case measuring 48mm in diameter and 16.3mm in thickness that is fitted with two off-centered push buttons on the left side of the case and two off-centered crowns on the right side. The top push button is used to activate the musical box on demand and the bottom one is used to turn the alarm/musical reminder between the on and off positions. The bottom crown is used to wind and power up the alarm module and also to set the desired alarm time. The top crown is used to wind the movement and set the hours and minutes. This watch is not fitted with a seconds hand or a seconds register in order to keep its design nice and clean.
The Breguet Classique Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon ref. 3797 is a perfect example of a watch that is worth its price tag. Fitted with a generous 41 mm 18K rose gold case, the Breguet Classique Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon ref. 3797 is one of those amazing timepieces that leaves you in awe as you hold them and inspect them. The Classique Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon ref. 3797 is pure Breguet DNA in its maximum expression. Its 'hand-guilloché' dial with four different patterns is simply stunning. Its beautiful silvered dial features a stunning large tourbillon cage with blued three-spoke running seconds indicator at 6, a retrograde date indicator at 12, a day of the week indicator at 9 and a month and leap year indicator at 3 o'clock. Additionally, the hours are marked by an off-centered floating sapphire chapter disc with Roman numerals and blued steel Breguet open-tipped hands.