The Breguet manufacture is synonymous with fine watchmaking, classic haute horlogerie, an eye for the extraordinary and timepieces that really and truly captivate the hearts of horologists, collectors, aficionados and fans around the world. The simplicity of their timepieces often masks the true complexities lying just millimeters below the surface. And one of the subtlest, most discreet timepieces from the Breguet atelier which best exemplifies those innate qualities is the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 “Grand Feu” Enamel. Let’s take a look at what this watch so special.
In its own right, the 5367 is an absolute stand-out timepiece. It really embodies the essence of true haute horlogerie. From its somewhat simple looking dial to the immaculately finished movement, the 5367 is everything that I look for in a high-end timepiece. The 42mm wide, 7mm thick 18k rose gold case features super-fine fluting around its circumference, the thin wire lugs extenuate its flowing characteristics, and the exposed crown gives the roundness a bit of a dimensional contrast.
Now the dial is, in itself, a work of art. The “Grand Feu” enamel dial is milky white, silky smooth and provides a beautiful aesthetic joining between the warmth of the rose gold case and the seriousness of the expansive dial. In fact, as much real estate as there is on the dial, it doesn’t seem to be lacking anything, at all. The Arabic numerals are stylised in the typical sloping Breguet orientation, and the Breguet open-tipped hands have been dipped in blued steel, providing a great contrast throughout the dial. Then we come to the window sitting between 3 and 7 o’clock. Here is where the real magic happens.
The dial-side window provides the wearer a glimpse into the beating heart of the 5367’s incredible Calibre 581. This is, of course, a tourbillon movement, characterised by the one-minute tourbillon peering out at you from its titanium carriage.
The automatic mechanism is powered by a peripheral rotor, meaning absolutely no viewing obstruction of the amazing opulence that is featured through the Calibre 581. The movement is an in-house mechanism, beating at a frequency of 4Hz and having a power reserve of approximately 80-hours. With respect to the 5367’s slim nature, you can thank the Calibre 581 for that. It sits at a measly 3mm in height, but even then Breguet have gone to some insanely meticulous lengths to ensure that this is well and truly a Breguet timepiece. Beyond its obvious technical prowess, the Calibre 581 features a highly ornate engraved pattern adorning its surfaces. The engraved caseback has been tended to entirely by hand, painstakingly decorated millimeter by millimeter. There’s a degree of meticulousness that the Breguet manufacture has that I believe many watchmakers lack, and the level of which the Calibre 581 has been finished clearly demonstrates the fastidious and precise nature of Breguet’s watchmaking directives.
I absolutely love the clean look of the dial which is in stark contrast to the highly detailed, highly finished and very beautiful architecture of the Calibre 581. The 5367 is a magnificent timepiece, well deserving of all its plaudits and accolades. It really is a testament to Breguet’s seemingly effortless ability to continuously produce horological masterpieces, the likes of which no other manufacture can even come near. Haute horlogerie at its finest. Pricing for the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 “Grand Feu” Enamel is yet to be confirmed at the time of this article’s publishing. For more info. on Breguet, Click Here.