Breguet – Hands-On with the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Blue Ref. 5367PT
From Cerulean over Yves Klein to Ultra Marine– the many shades of blue might well be the penultimate instance of a Grand Feu enamel dial
Is there something like the ‘ultimate’ version of a timepiece? Well, perhaps: I really could not look more forward to appreciate the new blue version of Breguet’s ultra-flat tourbillon, but I did not expect what I discovered – it is the colours, the way they – in combination with the sanguine surface texture of enamel – model the light in and around the elements.
So, I apologise for the lengthy text (but I fully understand if you stick with the images only, for now…) – but this is a masterpiece:
In many ways, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat, first presented in 2013, exemplifies what rightfully could be summarised as a modern-day interpretation of what Breguet stands for: a technical tour-de-force with an extremely flat tourbillon with peripheral winding, fine finishing and engraving, wrapped into a clearly recognisable package.
(Members of the Breguet Tourbillon Extra-Plat family, from left: Ref. 5377BR (2014, guilloché dial), Ref. 5367PT (2020, blue enamel dial) and Ref. 5367PT (2018, white enamel dial)
This year, Breguet adds the Ref. 5367PT with a splendid Grand Feu blue enamel dial – not only a beautiful and very apropos addition to the collection, indeed, this watch is much more than meets the eye at first sight:
(Breguet Ref. 5367PT Blue and its ultra-flat Cal. 581, with 80-hour power reserve, Inverted lateral lever escapement with silicon horns and silicon balance spring)
Already here, there is much to like: the blue dial is a favourite colour of recent, and if executed in Grand Feu enamel, a technique which results in lush and vivid surface almost as much as it churns out rejected specimens. No wonder the Breguet Tourbillon Extra-Plat Blue was extremely positively received.
A few images to start:
(Impressions from the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Blue, incl. secret signature and movement)
One might stop here, yet this would mean to miss out substantially. The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Blue is a timepiece which demands time to fully reveal its secrets…
The magic of colour!
(The Grand Feu enamel dial)
Blue enamel certainly looks good on the watch… but there is a lot more to discover!