Breguet Classique Grande Complication 1801. Some pictures found on the net.

Jul 20, 2019,08:48 AM
 

Please allow me, for once, to call it by its reference, not by its name, because I never understood how you can call a Tourbillon a Complication, even less a Grande Complication, so do we go for 1801? 


1801 is a much better reference name, since this watch has been made in 2001, in order to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mr A.L Breguet's innovation, the Tourbillon. 

A watch I could admire several times at the Breguet Boutique, but which I couldn't take in picture. Maybe one day? 

It is a marvel, with its guilloché cover, which only shows the time. A cover that you can easily open to admire the rest, THE rest, a superb " dial " and a gorgeous Tourbillon. 

Not too big, with a diameter of 40, 5 mm, not too thick, either, with a height of 11, 3 mm, the proportions are very wearable. 

And let's not forget that, in 2001, the Tourbillon was still prestigious and exclusive. Not like today with every brand offering its own vision of the Tourbillon! 

Let's see some pictures: 

White gold:








Rose Gold: 






The case back: 



And the packaging. 


Credit pictures: Sothebys and Christies. Second picture: Breguet. 

Best,

Nicolas


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Very nice...

 
 By: mdg : July 20th, 2019-09:19
that was a big watch 'back in the day.' It would be interesting if the oval on the front were left blank so an owner could personalize it (initials, monogram, etc.). Very classy.

Understand your point...

 
 By: mdg : July 20th, 2019-09:58
but would prefer that the entire cover is guilloche instead.

+1. Agree. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-10:13

Although I admire this watch immensely, and would indeed love to own one, I find it odd that they would conceal the tourbillion with a cover...

 
 By: Emil Wojcik : July 20th, 2019-09:36
...but then engrave it as if to say, "yes, there's a tourbillion hidden under here". Impressive none the less.

when I see such pieces, what comes into my mind....

 
 By: Izhik : July 20th, 2019-09:47
is 'definitions'.....for example a definition of 'the trinity'.....it's just funny, simply funny that Breguet is not included there and other brands are....and I just ask myself on which basis??...I simply look at those creations and I could just imagine ... 

like in anything else, there are the pioneers...

 
 By: Izhik : July 20th, 2019-09:52
those that invent, that show and pave the way...and those that join afterwards....in horology, Breguet is one of the single still living pioneers.....a pleasure.....

thank you Nicolas....but,

 
 By: Izhik : July 20th, 2019-11:17
I think to attribute Breguet only the Tourbillon, would be really an under-estimation.... as history teaches us, I think horologic pillars like the perpetual calendar, the first wrist watch, first seeds of an automatic movement....that's all goes back to ... 

🙏 [nt] [nt]

 
 By: Izhik : July 20th, 2019-11:43

While technically NOT a complication, please consider this...

 
 By: thegrailwatch : July 20th, 2019-10:06
Complicated: To build Complicated: To pay for Complicated: To service Complicated: To justify the price to your wife, non-watch lovers Complicated: To explain how it works (for some) Complicated: To pronounce (I hear TUR-BILL-EE-YON all the time) This wat... 

Absolutely Superb, And....

 
 By: elliot55 : July 20th, 2019-10:35
.... Sooooooo Breguet. I mean, ABRAHAM LOUIS. If you look at some of the stuff he did in the late 1700's, the DNA is obvious. I think you have fallen hard for this brand.