The tourbillon specialists at Montres Breguet have ushered in 2020 with the latest version of the maison’s elegant, slender-cased Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367, adding a rich blue grand feu enamel dial to the ensemble and housing the self-winding, ultra-thin tourbillon caliber in a platinum case.
First introduced in 2013, the reference debuted with its first grand feu enamel dial in white in 2018. The new blue-dialed model features the same understated elements — vintage applied Breguet numerals and open-tipped Breguet hands, a subtle silvered chapter ring, and of course the signature eye-catching element, the off-centered tourbillon carriage in titanium that dazzlingly displays the small seconds. Above the tourbillon aperture is Breguet’s renowned “secret signature,” first introduced all the way back in 1795 to prevent counterfeiting, deployed nowadays as a subtle, decorative detail. The dial, like its predecessor, is the result of a painstaking. specialized process mastered by very few, that involves applying blue shades of enamel in multiple thin layers to the gold dial, firing it in a furnace at 800º C (grand feu = “big fire”), and hand-polishing it to its desired sheen. Breguet maintains an entire atelier devoted to this ancient craft.
Inside the case, recognizable for its fluted caseband and straight, welded lugs, beats the automatic Caliber 581, the thinnest tourbillon movement produced by Breguet, at just 3 mm in height despite encompassing 334 components. (The case itself, which is 41 mm in diameter, measures just 7.45 mm in thickness.) Visible through a sapphire caseback, its talking points include its silicon balance spring, which oscillates at 4 Hz, a particularly high frequency for a tourbillon; an 80-hour power reserve stored in a patented, high-energy barrel mounted on roller bearings; its peripherally placed platinum rotor; and its host of decorative flourishes on the bridges and plates, including a Breguet signature.
The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 with blue grand feu enamel dial comes on an alligator leather strap in a deep blue hue matching the dial’s, outfitted with a platinum triple-folding clasp. The watch is available exclusively at Breguet boutiques, priced at $161,800.