Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon "Quai de l’Horloge" 5345 - celebrating the invention of the tourbillon by its founder 223 years ago | SENATUS

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Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon "Quai de l’Horloge" 5345 - celebrating the invention of the tourbillon by its founder 223 years ago

3 July 2024

By Peter Vossner

In tribute to the Abraham-Louis Breguet’s invention of the tourbillon on 26 June 1801, Breguet introduces a horological masterpiece that blends expert craftsmanship with technical sophistication: the Classique Double Tourbillon "Quai de l’Horloge" 5345.

223 years larter, this new interpretation of the Double Tourbillon is a tribute to the artistic crafts cultivated within the Breguet manufacture.

The sheer complexity of the 588N2 movement and its 740 components, housed in a rose gold case measuring 46 mm in diameter and 16.8 mm thick, vividly demonstrates the expertise required to create it. This masterpiece fascinates with the ingenuity of its mechanism. Viewing the watch from the dial reveals the intricate dance of two tourbillons, an integral part of the time display.

The bar of these two tourbillons is attached to a central mainplate rotating every 12 hours thanks to a particularly complex mechanism. The designers were naturally able to attribute an additional function to this component by transforming it into an hours hand in the brand's characteristic style.

Each equipped with its own gear train powered by its own barrel, the two tourbillons independently make one full turn per minute. The two mechanisms are connected to a central differential regulating the rate of the watch and, via a third gear train, driving the rotation of the entire mechanism.

The sapphire dial is equally impressive, bearing Roman numerals and an engraved minutes track. A blue varnish has been applied to these interstices, creating the impression of the chapter ring being suspended above the mechanism. The vertical flank of the caseband is engraved with 12 Roman numeral hour-markers. These are then coated with black varnish, representing the shadow of the chapter ring numerals.

The timepiece is paired with a Breguet-embossed midnight blue rubber strap.

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