Churchill was just one of many high profile figures to select Breguet as his preferred watchmaker. A lifelong patron of the brand, Sir Winston Churchill wore his beloved Breguet No. 765, affectionately known as “The Turnip”, all his life. A replica of this exceptional rattrapante chronograph was made specifically for the film ‘Darkest Hour’ by the House of Breguet, and worn by Gary Oldman as the Prime Minister. Both the film and Mr. Oldman have been nominated for an Academy Award, taking place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles.
The original Breguet No. 765, sits proudly on view at the Churchill War Rooms in London, as part of the Imperial War Museum, still in perfect working order. The replica created for the film is on display at Breguet Beverly Hills Boutique during the pre-Oscars week and will be exhibited at the Breguet booth at the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Show in Switzerland from March 22-27, 2018.
Breguet No. 765 © Breguet
The Breguet Watches Hong Kong Replica No. 765, with minute repeater and split-second seconds hand, was commissioned in 1890 by Churchill’s grandfather, John Spencer-Churchill, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. It became Churchill’s favourite timekeeper but it was not his only Breguet. Churchill was a frequent visitor to the House, sometimes to make purchases and other times to have his pieces serviced. Like many men of his stature, the pocket watch was favoured over the wristwatch, which was becoming fashionable and considered the more practical choice by today’s standards; yet as a testament to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s keen eye for refined aesthetics, the unmistakeable Breguet style codes engineered in the 18th century continue to be honoured today. His design aesthetic is undoubtedly timeless as demonstrated by the current collections and notably the Classique Collection – the modern gentleman’s wristwatch of today.
One of the greatest areas of the Breguet Type XXI is that the motion – which is somewhat more than your standard triple enroll chronograph. What’s also very important to mention is that, unlike most (or all I can recall) Breguet Type XXI watches, the motion – with its appealing machine-polished gold strand – is observable via a sapphire crystal display caseback window onto the rear of the watch. Inside the watch is your exact well-regarded in-house Breguet grade 584Q/2. This is the most recent model of the caliber 584Q, which now contains an “inverted in-line Swiss lever” silicon escapement in the 584Q/2, compared to the metal straight-line lever escapement in the 584Q. This, of course, is not the first Breguet watch to use silicon parts – and it’s very good to see the newest continue to adopt this technology, as it helps the moves perform better over time.The caliber 584Q/2 functions at 4Hz (28,800bph) using a power reserve of 48 hours. The automated movement delivers the moment, date, and flyback chronograph, along with a synchronized 24-hour hand that functions as an AM/PM index. The chronograph is also a central minutes and central seconds chronograph, which means you will find two centrally-mounted chronograph hands to quantify both of these sections of time. The subdials around the face have been used for the running moments of the moment, chronograph hour index, along with the synchronized 24-hour hand (which among other things makes setting the time easier). The motion in performance and function is really nice, and also a highlight for owning this or alternative Breguet Type XXI watches.
The Classique Collection exemplifies the watchmaking ideals of precision, clarity, and elegant lines; while Churchill’s pocket watch was laden with a heavy gold waistcoat-chain and a secondary small case for holding gold sovereigns, today’s pieces are ultra-thin, modern and sleek. Remaining true to the technical principles, artistry and the traditional values of the House, today’s wristwatches continue to showcase the revolutionary inventions of Abraham-Louis Breguet.
Hailed for anticipating the modern chronograph (an invention that dates back to 1820) it can been seen today on a variety of models including: the Classique 5287, Marine 5827 and the Heritage 5400.
Another important Breguet Ladies Watches Prices Replica invention and movement that can be found in the Breguet No. 765, is the minute repeater. Having invented the gong spring in 1783, Breguet has continued to develop this movement in the constant pursuit to perfect this invention. An exceptionally useful invention, it was adopted immediately by most contemporary watchmakers who admired Breguet’s multiple striking mechanisms for repeating watches, in particular for the quarters, half-quarters and minutes.
Today’s wristwatches not only showcase the historical artistry of the House of Breguet, but simultaneously epitomise the style of the modern gentleman.