This is my favorite line of watches from Breguet Watches Most Expensive Replica at this moment, and such as sister manufacturer Blancpain at The Swatch Group, I continue to urge that both of these manufacturers market their great sport watches separately from their more classic manner of timepieces that they are frequently more famous for.Premium-priced but excellent in mechanics and style, the Breguet Type XXI is one of the sexiest methods for demonstrating that you are a watch nerd. For me personally, this is one of the best pilot-style chronograph watches currently available. While nearly all of Breguet’s current lineup of watches are inspired by the work of Abraham-Louis Breguet (the brand’s namesake), the Breguet Type XX, Form XXI, and Type XXII pilot-style watches are inspired by 20th century Breguet timepieces which were made long after Abraham-Louis’ death in the early 19th century.In fact, it had been Louis Charles Breguet (the great-great grandson of the founder) who was in charge of creating the new pilot watches in the early-mid 20th century. From what I can tell, Breguet’s family was initially involved in actually making a airplane, and then only afterwards, around the 1960s based on Breguet, did they create their initial aviation wristwatch (after creating a couple of cockpit instrument clocks). That said, it was not until the 1950s, I think, that Breguet introduced the first Type XX watches which were in service by the French military until the 1980s. Yes, the Breguet Type XXI 3817 is a cosmetic upgrade to the existing collection, but it’s a collection which, in my view, deserves more choices – as a whole lot of watch lovers will really love these timepieces. It makes sense for a brand to offer an aesthetic array for its best versions, and while Breguet does possess more than 1 Type XXI, the more the merrier, in my estimation. This can be attached to a fitting calf leather strap. The Breguet Type XXI does look great on a strap, but for me, in addition, it looks killer on a bracelet – so I expect that’s an option also, today or later on.
Having unveiled the Classique 7147 with a delicately beautiful enamel dial earlier in the year, Breguet has now dropped an enamel dial version of the thinnest automatic tourbillon on the market. Originally introduced in 2013 with a guilloché dial (as the ref. 5377), the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 checks in at just 7.45mm thick, case and all.
Measuring 42mm in diameter, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat 5367 is available in both platinum and rose gold, in the classic Breguet style with a narrow bezel, straight lugs and reeded caseband.
The only difference lies in the dial, which is now grand feu enamel and rid of its power reserve indicator. It features the same off-centre layout as on the guilloche version – a feature found on many historical excentré Breguet pocket watches – but with Breguet numerals in black lacquer. And the minute track is again inspired by 19th century Breguet pocket watches, with tiny lozenges for the quarters and a mystical symbol every five minutes.
The watch is powered by the cal. 581 that has a tourbillon regulator running at 4Hz. In contrast to the understated dial, the movement is richly decorated – the bridges, barrel and oscillating weight are all hand-engraved.
While the dial is classically styled, the tourbillon is contemporary in construction and materials. The tourbillon cage is made of titanium, with both the balance spring and lever escapement made of silicon. And the barrel mounted on roller bearings instead of a traditional pivot point – helping the movement stay remarkably thin – while still managing an impressive 80-hour power reserve.
Another reason the movement measures just 3mm thick is the peripheral winding system. The narrow, semi-circular platinum rotor is mounted around the edge of the calibre, instead of adding height on top of the movement bridges.
Price and Availability
The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 (ref. 5367BR299WU) is expected to be priced slightly lower than the existing model with a guilloche dial, which costs US$149,500 or S$214,800 in pink gold.