Breguet watches has a lot of watchmaking history behind it. And by history, we mean somewhere between the 18th and 19th centuries. It was all thanks to the Brilliance of a legendary watchmaker Abraham Lewis Breguet.
During his time, Abraham Lewis Breguet was responsible for introducing a number of horological inventions. Some of these inventions included the shock protection system and the tourbillon.
Even after his passing, Breguet watches never faltered in high-quality movements and design. Up till now, it is Brigade has developed some of the most expensive and luxurious watches in the world. Due to this, it’s part of the Swatch Group and has been making watches in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland since 1976.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a Breguet watch yourself, this is just the guide that you need. There’s a fine collection of some of the top Breguet watches that you’ll ever come across.
1: Breguet Tradition GMT Manual Wind 40mm
We start off with the Breguet Tradition GMT Manual Wind 40mm watch. During the brand’s iconic coin case-edge, the Tradition GMT comes with a polished 18 karat rose gold case. The timepiece is 40 mm in diameter and is 12.65 mm thick that also features a silver-grey dial.
The price of this Breguet watch usually comes in around $30,000 but can also go up to $40,000 depending on the retailer. It shows both an hour and minute hand on sub-dial which is located between the 7 and 9 positions of the dial.
Interestingly, you can see the watch’s movement from both sides, a great way to get a view of the caliber. It also features a polished blue steel “Breguet” style hands and black printed Roman numeral hour markers.
The watches over 40 joules and a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. The lack of a conventional dial allows us to see the anthracite grey plates that elevate the jewels and the components.
2: Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 is a blue enamel dial version of the caliber 581. The 5367 reminds us of the three-hand Classique 5177, only this time with a blue enamel dial.
Getting past the blue enamel dial is the ultra-thin tourbillon. The cage is fashioned out of titanium and comes with an ultra-light silicon escapement. This escapement runs app 4 Hertz and can last for 80 hours, which is quite the feat knowing that the caliber 581 is 3 mm thick.
The blue tone that Breguet is going for was meant to imitate the blue Breguet hands which the brand is usually known for. The stylized Arabic numerals and the rhodium-plated steel Breguet watches hands are simply a thing of beauty.
The platinum case is 7.45 mm thick and 41 mm wide in diameter. It also comes with the long lugs that have been welded to the cold-rolled fluted case band. Like the dial, the leather strap is exquisitely blue on this Breguet watch. It’s also water-resistant to about 30 meters, which could realistically happen if someone where did traverse down in a diving suit.
3: Breguet Classique Chronograph
One look at the Classique Chronograph 5287 and the words “indulgent” and “lavish” immediately come to mind. This version is a fresh take on the brand’s classic dress chronograph.
It is a follow-up to the 5247 model which makes use of the same movement only with different aesthetic features. The 5247 was 39 mm in diameter whereas the 5287 is slightly larger at 42.5 mm. The 5247 had fired enamel dials with brightly colored accents, while the 5287 came with dials that had varying engraving techniques.
The Classique Chronograph’s dial is presented in four different patterns:
- Concentric circles for the counter at 3
- Circular barleycorn for the counter at 9
- A classic ‘cloud de Paris’ in the middle.
- Brushed metallic finish for the sub counters rings and hour-track.
Together, these patterns make for an easy to read and contrasting face. In fact, you’ll probably want this watch, even more, when you take the manifold finishes into account.
The 5287’s movement is called the caliber 533.3, which is based on the 1940s’ Lemania CH27. It’s a two-register column-wheel chronograph movement. It features a 30-minute totalizer sub-dial to the right and a running seconds sub-dial on the left. What’s even more interesting is that you can admire the finish of the caliber through a sapphire case back. This is something that you would obviously expect from Breguet watches.
4: Breguet Classique Manual Wind 18k White Gold
Next, we have the 18-karat white gold Breguet Classique Manual Wind. It is 41 mm in diameter and 6.95 mm thick that comes with a three-body ultra-slim case. The Breguet watch also has straight lugs and a thin bezel that are polished. It also comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and leather strap that has a matching 18 karat white gold buckle.
The case also includes a silvered solid dial in white gold of 18 karats with a spiffy “Art Deco” checkered guilloche pattern. This gives the dial a stunning three-dimensional look. The retail price of the Classique Manual Wind is around $28,000 but can also be reduced at around $20,000.
There are plenty of highlights that the Breguet watch comes with, including:
- Blued Breguet style hands
- Black hour markers of roman numerals
- Brushed plain reserve chapter ring
- White luminescent minute dot indexes
Attached to the 18-karat white gold case is an alligator/crocodile black leather strap. The watch also contains over 20 jewels and a 40-hour power reserve.