The models composing the Classique collection are distinguished by their timeless aesthetic that symbolise the ultimate Breguet style. The new rose gold Classique Extra-Plate 5157 is a perfect example. Its self-winding movement with silicon balance spring is housed in a 5.45mm case with delicate fluting on the caseband, reflecting the grace of the motifs from timepieces of A.-L. Breguet’s era.
Its silvered gold engine-turned dial bears the traditional “Clous de Paris” hobnail style. Engine-turning is an engraving technique favoured by master watchmakers from the 16th century onwards. Initially used to enhance watch cases, it was soon adopted by A.-L. Breguet High Jewellery Watches Replica for dials. Transformed into authentic works of art, the latter testify to infinite patience devoted to serving impressive technical mastery. They are hand-crafted according to ancestral methods, and the finesse of the resulting details still stems from jealously kept production secrets. Engine-turning is done as it was in yesteryear on a rose engine (for circular decoration) or a “straight-line” engine (for linear motifs), and is undoubtedly still a distinctive hallmark of a Breguet timepiece.
Classique Extra-Plate 5157 © Breguet
On this Classique Extra-Plate watch in rose gold, the time is shown by the traditional Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel designed by Breguet in 1783. Their slender elegance soon won over watchmakers, to the point where the term “Breguet hands” is now part of standard industry vocabulary.
I’ve not spend enough time together with tonneau watches to truly explain the science of that which makes a perfect shape and sporting experience. To say that it’s all about proportions is too straightforward. In this example, I feel that the relatively flat top and bottom, rather conventional and stubby lugs, tall and flat sides with coined edges, alongside the really round dial are exactly what make this view work.The Breguet Heritage 5410 is produced in either an 18k rose gold and 18k white gold case. For my hands-on demonstration I’m wearing the 18k white gold model. The case dimensions actually appear modest, but as you can see, it doesn’t wear that modestly given the situation thickness. The Breguet Heritage 5410 is 35mm wide, 42mm tall drag to lug, and 12.9mm thick. It has 30 meters of water resistance. This view might look a little on the small side for very large wrists, but for a small to medium wrist like mine, it looks really nice.Moreover, the comparatively thick and highly polished bezel adds welcome visual stimulation that I think helps the overall shape. It is possible to see that the full case is also curved, allowing it to wear quite comfortably. The sapphire crystal can also be curved, but not more so than the case itself, which preserves a feeling of visual harmony. When there are additional well-done tonneau-shaped cases out there which flourish via distinct layouts, Breguet gets tonneau right in their own different way. Naturally, it is not a style for everyone, but with something that visually distinctive you clearly aren’t going to make all viewers happy.The most intriguing part of this Breguet Heritage 5410 is your dial, needless to say. Complication-wise that the timepiece is rather easy, offering the time with a subsidiary seconds dial and a huge date index window. Where things get interesting is that the specific style of this Roman numeral hour markers, as well as the in-house made guilloche-machine engraving which is once again excellent. The dial itself is made from 18k gold, which is tender and easy to cut, and then silvered once it’s done.
Another characteristic attribute is Breguet’s secret signature, engraved on either side of the 12 o’clock numeral. A.-L. Breguet introduced it when he realised that his creations were being counterfeited. This signature remains a true token of authenticity.
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