When Breguet speaks of luxury and precision, it does so with an artistry that few can emulate. The recent introduction of two references under the 3358 label to its Classique collection attests to this tradition. Far from ordinary, these timepieces resonate deeply with enthusiasts who admire both aesthetic and mechanical genius.
The first model, crafted in white gold, captures the dreamy essence of a starlit night. One cannot help but be drawn to the blue varnished mother-of-pearl dial, appearing as if sprinkled with a shower of diamonds. Amidst this, a multitude of gold stars make their presence known; some sanded, some polished, while others boast a diamond embellishment.
The off-center hour circle, positioned at 12 o’clock, showcases the brand’s DNA with Arabic numerals and rhodium-plated Breguet hands. Intriguingly, the piece’s serial number sits at 4 o’clock. As if unfolding a mystery, the dial intriguingly reveals the Tourbillon at 6 o’clock, looking every bit the heart of this intricate mechanism. Crossing it, an imposing shooting star-shaped bar set with 45 snow-set diamonds, with a blue spinel at its core, serves as the pivot stone for the Tourbillon cage.
The second model, encased in rose gold, is a spectacle in its own right. Unveiling a dial adorned with 281 diamonds, the arrangement of the stones between 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock forms graceful arcs. Those housed inside the hour circle are set using the “snow setting” technique, giving it an icy allure.
Mirroring the design of its white gold counterpart, this watch too houses the off-center hour circle at 12 o’clock, crafted from natural white mother-of-pearl. Arabic numerals and hands, signature to Breguet’s lineage, are a nod to its storied history. The majestic Tourbillon sits at the bottom of the dial. Encased in an oval-shaped polished opening, it is elevated by a curved gold bar adorned with 14 diamonds.
Drawing attention to the Tourbillon’s mesmerizing mechanism, its components beautifully play with gray and rose contrasts. The bezel, lugs, and even the crown are diamond-set, with the crown featuring a special rose-cut diamond.
Housed within a 35mm case, which is water-resistant up to 30 meters, both Breguet timepieces are powered by the 187 D movement. With a balance wheel oscillating at a frequency of 2.5 Hz, this manual winding movement provides a power reserve of 50 hours. Known for its durability and precision, the caliber incorporates a steel hairspring with the iconic hand-made Breguet terminal curve.
From the house of Breguet, these new additions to the Classique collection exemplify horological art at its finest – a blend of craftsmanship, heritage, and innovation. As always, Breguet has shown that the union of beauty and machinery can result in something truly timeless.