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

Jul 20, 2019,10:06 AM
 

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 watch in particular holds some major personal nostalgia points. In the early 2000s, shortly after I first learned about TURBILLEEYONS and horology in general, I took my first ever trip to Europe. At the Breguet Boutique in Place Vendome I can remember seeing this watch in the window and just being in awe. At the time I considered myself way too unworthy to walk in and experience what else the Boutique had to offer. I'll never forget seeing the watch in the window and thinking to myself how unbelievably sophisticated and expensive the watch looked, commensurate with Place Vendome and Paris in general. A far departure from the flip flop wearing beach town I call home. Thanks for posting this one, Nico. 

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

 
 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-08:48
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...  

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.