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INTRODUCING: Breguet's Classique Tourbillons Ref. 3358BB/VD/986D0 and Ref. 3358BR/8D/986D0

The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BB/VD/986 D0.

The watches offer a new expressive design style that places the tourbillon at the heart of its creativity.

When Abraham-Louis Breguet first created his tourbillon for pocket watches in 1801, it didn’t bring about the immediate revolution in watchmaking that it would likely see today. In fact, it wasn’t until 1806 that the tourbillon became commercialised, and it was even longer before patrons of the brand began requesting tourbillon timepieces. It was also a device that was mostly demanded by male patrons at the time, as watches for ladies were centred on decorative styles and complications such as repeaters rather than precision timekeeping.

The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BR/8D/986 D0 and Ref. 3358BB/VD/986 D0 watches.
The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BB/VD/986D0 and Ref. 3358BR/8D/986D0.

Today, that gap in ladies’ timepieces has closed, with collectors of female watches demanding great performance and elegance in the watches they acquire. This season, Breguet is reminding us of its notable role in two pivotal watchmaking milestones – creating the first wristwatch and inventing the tourbillon – with a pair of ladies’ tourbillon timepieces.

The dial of the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BB/VD/986 D0 is inspired by the night sky.
The dial of the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BB/VD/986D0 is inspired by the night sky.

The Refs. 3358 both feature incredible dials with gem-set cases in Breguet’s Classique case, which offers a very refined geometric construction with a play on circular forms. The first model, the Ref. 3358BB/VD/986D0 is housed in a 35mm white gold case with 70 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel, lugs, and crown. A midnight blue mother-of-pearl dial displays the time offset at the top half, with a shower of white gold stars scattered around, some of which are also set with diamonds.

On the wrist, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BB/VD/986 D0.
On the wrist, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BB/VD/986D0.

The largest of these stars is styled like a shooting star, with a coma or tail in white gold and set with diamonds in a snow setting that sweeps across the lower half of the dial. It doubles as the bridge of the tourbillon, which can be seen via a wide oval aperture that’s mirror-finished like the elliptical orbit of a planet. The centre of the tourbillon bridge features a blue spinel, which acts as the pivoting stone for the tourbillon carriage.

The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BR/8D/986 D0.
The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BR/8D/986D0.
A closeup reveals the incredible dial of the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BR/8D/986 D0.
A closeup reveals the incredible dial of the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Ref. 3358BR/8D/986D0.

The Ref. 3358BR/8D/986D0 features a diamond-set rose gold case in the same style as the white gold model. Where these two watches differ is their dial designs. The rose gold timepiece features a fully diamond-set dial, with 281 diamonds of various sizes covering every bit of the display. A narrow rose gold tourbillon bridge is also set with diamonds, with a ruby as the pivoting stone of the carriage.

The reverse of the watch reveals the handworked mainplate of the Breguet Calibre 187D.
The reverse of the watch reveals the handworked mainplate of the Breguet Calibre 187D.

The offset time display has an hour ring in mother-of-pearl with Breguet numerals and hands. A rose-cut stone is set upon the crown in both watches. But what’s truly spectacular about the Ref. 3358 isn’t only the unique way the tourbillon is presented, with a cat’s-eye aperture that highlights its incredible craftsmanship. The reverse of the Calibre 187D also showcases a new, unique, hand-engraved, and hammered decoration across the entire mainplate, which’s cleverly joined to the supporting bridge of the tourbillon. The words ‘Breguet’ with a special reference is inscribed on it. The movement runs at a steady 2.5Hz and has a reserve of 50 hours of power. The Ref. 3358 offers a completely new expression of the tourbillon, revealing a new side of the watchmaker that’s authentic and beautiful.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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