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 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. 



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.

They have the inside of the cover for that. It is less risky, this way, given the strange engravings of paintings we can sometimes see... ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-09:24
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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
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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.

I quite like the idea of the hidden tourbillon, though, reserved to the selfish pleasure of its owner. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-09:45
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I agree, I prefer the tourbillion to be hidden, which is why I'm amused with "tourbillion" engraved on the cover. It's almost like they couldn't decide if hiding it was a good idea or bad. [nt]

 By: Emil Wojcik : July 20th, 2019-09:54
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Without it would have been better, indeed. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-10:03
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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''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 they could come from the hands of Abraham Breguet himself.....what a pleasure to see a tradition that started by him...simply ongoing, along the same lines....thanks for bringing this up, y

My pleasure, Y. I always was fascinated by Breguet's universe. Not for all their watches, but those I like, I really like them. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-09:48
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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 horology, Breguet is one of the single still living pioneers.....a pleasure.....

I like the way you see it. Breguet clearly has a legitimacy when it comes to the Tourbillon. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-10:06
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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 Breguet....pioneering as we said....

I didn't exclude some complications, indeed, nor an unmistakable aesthetics... [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-11:40
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🙏 [nt] [nt]

 By: Izhik : July 20th, 2019-11:43
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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 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. 

I love your answer. Excellent. [nt]

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

I always loved Breguet. I just have to go deeper. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 20th, 2019-11:41
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The cover is really special. Not something you see everyday [nt]

 By: aperna : July 21st, 2019-07:43
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Yes, I find the idea as interesting as it is original. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 21st, 2019-10:54
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