Manual winding Breguet watches are the perfect collectable timepiece for any enthusiastic collector. The time spent hand winding a watch at the same point every day or night is a special moment shared between the wearer and watch. It allows the lady or gent to connect with their timepiece and appreciate the meticulous craftsmanship behind every instrument. Manual winding Breguet watches are executed to the very highest standards. Acute attention to detail is carried out in the development of every watch – each piece intricately finished by hand under the keen eye of a specialist. Breguet’s team of watchmaking experts are some of the most skilled in Switzerland. The timepieces are developed from start to finish in the Vallee de Joux, where traditional manufacturing methods are closely guarded by those experts working within the company’s design house. These time-honoured methods are the bread and butter of every manual winding Breguet watch. Every craftsman shares the same vision for horological perfection. The different departments in Breguet’s manufacturing facilities sperate the many processes involved in the orchestration of a manual winding Breguet watch. Metal cutting, case shaping, hand engraving and movement decoration, and quality testing are just a few examples. In each environment the concentration is palpable.
Manual winding Breguet watches balance aesthetical beauty with unbeatable function in perfect proportion. The designs are suitable for wearing every day of the week but can also act as a statement piece when combined with an elegant evening ensemble or a smart work suit for the office. Breguet have developed a number of complex chronograph designs as well as classic dress watches for their manual winding range. The cases are crafted from luxurious materials like platinum and gold, their sapphire crystal glass lenses integrated with anti reflective and scratch resistant properties. The same glass material is used in the back of the watch, where an exhibition caseback grants the wearer an exclusive view into the fine horological expertise of Breguet’s manual winding manufacture. More of the movement can be seen of the manual winding movements created by Breguet as opposed to their self winding movements, since the complex movements go without the need of the automatic rotor which obscures a large proportion of the engine.
Manual winding movements created by Breguet are secured inside a safe housing. The cases which are crafted from robust materials are integrated with impressive water resistant properties. The 38mm 18ct white gold Breguet Classique Power Reserve watch with a silver engine turned and hand engraved dial, is a hand-wound watch with elegant Roman numerals placed upon the dial. The guilloche textured dial with the classic Breguet central hands and “moon” tipped decoration add layers of texture and tone to the timepiece, which can be peeled back when viewing the dial through a robust sapphire glass lens. The “Breguet” lettering along with the watch’s unique identity code can be seen off centre at the top of the dial, where the power reserve indicator shows the status of the in-house built 515DR hand-wound movement at all times.