Breguet pays tribute to the brand’s original workshop with an exceptional watchmaking creation: the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge.
Although currently based in the Jura Valley, Switzerland, Breguet’s history began in Paris, on the Quai de l’Horloge, on the Ile de la Cité. It was here that, in 1775, Abraham-Louis Breguet opened his workshop, developing many of the innovations and techniques that today are a natural part of modern watchmaking.
Now, Breguet pays homage to this original Quai de l’Horloge workshop with an incredibly intricate reinterpretation of the Classique Double Tourbillon collection: the Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge, one of the most complex and richly decorated models in the current line of brand and that presents all its technical and artistic capabilities.
In the new model, the 46 mm platinum case takes on the classic Breguet shape, with straight, thin lugs, accentuated by the fluted structure on the side of the case. The dial of the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge is limited to a thin sapphire ring, individually numbered and engraved with classic Roman numerals filled in blue. The rest of the space under the glass has a skeletonized structure, with a rotating main plate balanced by a pair of tourbillons and barrels.
The classic blue Breguet hands are also present on the dial, with the hour hand also serving as a bridge between the two tourbillons. To balance the energy between these complex twin escapes, both feed a differential. The latter combines the two separate torque inputs into a balanced output with an average rate to the gear train. In addition to the two tourbillons, the view under the glass is also dominated by a pair of small barrels, each decorated with a hand-polished bridge in the shape of the characteristic “B” of Breguet.
The in-house manual 588N caliber, visible through the bottom of the case, is no less ornate, but the execution is drastically different. Equipped with almost complete bridges across the width of the movement, each is part of a larger, hand-engraved representation of Breguet’s original workshop in Quai de l’Horloge. The engraving is profusely detailed and stands out for the size and drastic departure from the traditional finishing styles for which Breguet is known.
In terms of performance, this complex 738-piece movement is set in six positions and offers a 50-hour power reserve at a slow rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour.
Although most of the design of the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge is traditional, although somewhat ostentatious, the strap takes a different approach. In order to match the design of the skeleton dial and the case back, the surface of the bracelet is made of stone. This is not a simulated texture or pattern recreated in leather, the upper layer of the bracelet is actually produced from an extremely thin sheet of natural slate. For greater comfort, this top layer of slate is glued to an inner rubber bracelet in vibrant blue.