It was designed years ago when using an “orbital” dual tourbillon was very impressive. Since then, other watches have graced our courts with much more complex movements and even more tourbillons, but the caliber 588 remains impressive due to its sheer presence. It’s like a contrasting a giant naturally aspirated V8 engine (the 588) alongside a highly tuned four-cylinder with performance enhancements (many other complex watch moves) that might possess the same power but with a tiny overall footprint. This is a timepiece intended to wow and move the hearts of both the wearer and those seeing the wearer.From what I could tell, the reference 5349 Breguet Double Tourbillon only adds to a few extra millimeters of case size to the 5347 so as to match all of the diamonds on the case. Substantial in size and totaling over 30 carats of stone, the Breguet Dual Tourbillon 5349 instance has nearly 110 baguette-cut diamonds around the bezel, case, and lugs. It is certainly as masculine an implementation of a pave case because you can get. No small brilliant-cut stones, just the monolithic impression of large square parts of mobile value on your wrist.The two smaller Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347 watches in this article are new and priced at 420,000 Swiss francs for your Breguet Double Tourbillon using all the translucent gray dial and 450,000 Swiss francs for the translucent red dial. Our more aptly-sized buddy with stones in the solid silver case extends up in price just a bit to 820,000 Swiss francs (a bit more in dollars). When you have the money to spend (or allocate) to a timepiece such as this, you know that you’ve arrived at the point in life were individuals ought to pay attention to you (or else).
First published in 1997, Breguet, Watchmakers since 1775. The life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet was written by Emmanuel Breguet, a seventh generation descendant of Abraham-Louis and now curator of the Breguet museum. With the original edition long out of print, the book has just been published in its second edition, and made available by Breguet for an affordable price.
Corporate vanity coffee table books are rarely worth attentive study, but Abraham-Louis Breguet is such a significant figure in watchmaking that the updated Breguet tome is definitely worth a read. Add to that the Breguet museum’s impressive collection and the book is hard to turn down.
Measuring 27cm by 29cm and weighing 2.6kg (or 5.7lbs), the second edition is a weighty piece of reading. At 452 pages, the second edition is over 60 pages longer than the first, to accommodate the new images, illustrations and historical timepieces acquired by the Breguet museum since 2000 (like the Bugatti Royale clock purchased last year).
Necessarily, the new edition also includes a chapter covering the Swatch era, after the Swiss watchmaking conglomerate took over Breguet in 1999. It details Swatch founder Nicolas Hayek’s leadership of the company until his passing in 2010, during which its turnover grew 10-fold.
Price and availability
Breguet, Watchmakers since 1775. The life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet will be available at Breguet boutiques worldwide, priced at SFr130 or €120, equivalent to US$130.