Breguet pays homage to the Year of the Dragon with the introduction of two extraordinary timepieces crafted with meticulous precision and infused with symbolic significance. Drawing inspiration from Chinese culture, where the dragon is revered as a symbol of power, courage, nobility, tenacity, and success, Breguet has channeled its centuries-old expertise into creating timepieces that transcend horological boundaries.
At the heart of these exceptional watches lies the tourbillon, a horological innovation introduced by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 to counter the effects of gravity on watch movements’ regularity. The journey of the tourbillon has evolved over the years, reaching a pinnacle with the unveiling of the first double tourbillon in 2006. This unique interpretation features two tourbillons connected to a differential, creating a mesmerizing mechanism that enhances precision.
Powering these timepieces is the 749-component Calibre 588N1, a hand-wound movement with a 60-hour power reserve and a 2.5 Hz frequency. The complexity of this movement is showcased through a sapphire crystal caseback, revealing an allegorical decoration that seamlessly blends guilloché and engraving – a testament to Breguet’s unwavering commitment to craftsmanship.
Within the Manufacture Horlogère in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, Breguet’s guilloché workshop boasts over 30 vintage guilloché lathes, operated by skilled artisans who create intricate motifs by hand. The engravers, drawing on centuries-old techniques, contribute to the timepieces’ aesthetic appeal with their mastery. The dedication to preserving these arts reflects Breguet’s commitment to timeless craftsmanship.
The focal point of these exceptional timepieces is a hand-engraved gold dragon, symbolizing wisdom and imperial rule, twirling between the two tourbillons. Clutching a mother-of-pearl pearl said to possess sacred essence, the dragon embodies power and sagacity. Each dragon is unique, as clients can personalize its shape and color, along with selecting the color of Roman numerals, hands, and the strap.
Breguet leaves no detail untouched in these masterpieces. The rhodium-plated gold rotating plate is hand-guilloché with a fan motif, while the gold bridge below the mainplate features an anthracite galvanic treatment and guilloché-work with a Clous de Paris hobnail motif. Laser-engraved Roman numerals and a meticulously crafted minutes track on the sapphire hour-circle add to the allure.
Breguet goes the extra mile by offering clients the opportunity to own a truly one-of-a-kind timepiece. From customizing the dragon’s appearance to choosing the color of Roman numerals, hands, and the strap, clients can tailor these watches to their unique preferences.
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