Across artistic and scientific disciplines there are those individuals whose outsized impacts have shaped their division and remain the benchmark of innovation. In the realms of haute-horology, the tourbillion, invented by Swiss watchmaking genius, Abraham-Louis Breguet is one of the true trailblazing innovations. Although, since adopted by a number of other watchmaking brands, the tourbillion, regarded as one the greatest complications of all time undoubtedly remains the feat of the House of Breguet.
At the time of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s mechanical coup, one that was patented in 1801 it was the toast of the horological intelligentsia (Breguet’s customers by then included Marie Antoinette, the King of Spain, and Tsar Alexander. Exactly 220 years later, the House of Breguet is toasting this milepost with the release of an exclusive watch, the new Classique Tourbillion Extra-Plat Anniversaire 5365.
During his lifetime, Abraham-Louis Breguet created 40 tourbillions, including 35 watches. To mark this number and as a heartfelt tribute to the timeless aesthetic and visionary watchmaker, the new timepiece has a limited run of 35 pieces. In its attempts at authenticity, Breguet’s design for this watch is elegant and understated, reaffirming the brand’s standards put in place by its founder.