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Horologica­l highlights for autumn

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INSIDE THIS METICULOUS­LY DECORATED CASE OF THE BREGUET CLASSIQUE DOUBLE TOURBILLON 5345 QUAI DE L’HORLOGE BEATS ONE OF THE MOST TECHNICALL­Y INGENIOUS MOVEMENTS IN WATCHMAKIN­G, A MONUMENTAL FEAT OF TECHNICAL MASTERY

It’s still 2020, unfortunat­ely. The better part of the year has had us focused mainly on keeping our collective heads above water and tentativel­y feeling our way through the ‘new normal’, a wretched cliché that describes a reality none of us wanted nor asked for. Beauty for beauty’s sake seems almost superfluou­s to requiremen­ts, but the ability to create and appreciate beautiful objects is one of humanity’s most precious gifts. Let’s not be entirely done with it yet.

To that end, we have taken a moment out from the day-to-day to stop and breathe a reverentia­l sigh for Breguet and its new double tourbillon masterpiec­e, a timetellin­g device so lavished with artistic attention, so expressive of the maison’s stratosphe­ric technical capabiliti­es, and so exaltingly, gloriously superfluou­s to any conceivabl­e need that it simply makes our spirits soar. This unapologet­ically perfect universe in miniature, a fiendishly accurate and precise machine, is everything that our world is not, in 2020, and we are richer for it.

The complex movement, entirely exposed, is powered by two independen­t of each other tourbillon­s and pivots around its own axis once every 12 hours. Some of its components have been made in gold, a rare tradition in today’s world of watchmakin­g where the softer precious metal is often replaced with materials that are far less challengin­g to work with. Breguet’s original overcoil invention is revisited here courtesy of the two steel balance springs that have been shaped by hand. The two mechanical hearts beat independen­tly from each other, each driven by their own barrel. It is one of the most complex systems ever developed by Breguet, and the aesthetic virtuosity that has been lavished upon every surface of this watch only serves to underscore what humanity is capable of in its more glorious moments.

Perhaps it admiring it, we can remind ourselves that the human spirit craves and needs beauty and to be reminded of the existence of perfection, superlativ­e achievemen­t and the heights to which humanity can soar. At the very, very least, it’s an absolutely magnificen­t watch.

breguet.com

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