A. L. Breguet is the inventor of the tourbillon. And what more famous tourbillon maker today than his namesake brand: Breguet.
Now owned by the powerhouse Swatch Group, and a particular special interest of the late great Nicholas Hayek (Sr), and now under the watchful eye of his grandson Marc Hayek, the brand continues to flourish, and in our view, a worthy carrier of the flag of Breguet, who has been attributed to many innovations in watchmaking. The most important, being the Hayeks have decided to keep the visual appeal of original Breguets. The beautiful guilloché dial, the magnificent case with coin edged fluting. Very beautiful. And of course, the tradition of making fine tourbillons.
The beautifully machined guilloché is present. Brilliant and magnificent. The dial layout is also typical of those made in Breguet’s day, including what was known as the secret signature, and the serial number on the dial. A. L. Breguet was one of the first watchmakers to put a maker’s mark on his watch to fight counterfeight.
The movement is the caliber 581DR, beating at 4Hz, quite high for a tourbillon, and with a power reserve of 90 hours. The extra flatness of a mere 3mm thickness is achieved by the use of a peripheral rotor.
The tourbillon case is in titanium with silicon and non magnetic steel.
On the wrist the 42mm case feels very nice, elegant.