For the origin of the hollow movement, there is no clear traceability because there is no clear definition. Some people think that the earliest 15th century clock designs-opening the window to reveal the internal structure, is the art of hollow Predecessor. The Gothic clock, which appeared in the sixteenth century, is also regarded as the beginning of hollowed-out art. This clock is based on an open iron frame structure, which allows you to see the important components and the core components at a glance. According to more stringent standards, the timepiece should actually be a pocket watch or a wristwatch, and the classic splint and bridge must be hollowed out and decorated to meet the conditions of hollowed-out works.
In 1760, French watchmakers Lafin and Caron competed to create the first hollowed-out wristwatches. Their works used hollow-carved engraved movement splints to make the gears that kept turning clearly visible. The barrel was also hollowed out. The beautiful movement of the mainspring is shown, while the slim triangle balance plate makes the internal structure subtle. When contacting this trend of fashion, Mr. Baodi did not indulge in his novel decoration, but extended to the functions, precision and practicality of timepieces. This is exactly in line with the brand spirit of Breguet. It pursues the ultimate beauty while emphasizing the real value of timepieces. Modern Breguet skeleton timepieces continue to inherit the excellence of the watchmaking tradition and continue the important role of aesthetics in skeleton design, but Breguet movement designers have gone further and made the skeleton parts under the impact by careful analysis and research. Still maintains good performance. Thanks to careful and meticulous computer simulation, Breguet skeletonized watches are not only showing charming art, but also outstanding performance.
The process of carefully crafting splints and bridges by hand reflects Breguet’s sincerity in the art of hollowing out. Not only that, in order to get the perfect skeleton watch masterpiece, polishing multiple procedures is essential. The main splint, the bridge and the clockwork box cover are processed by hand “brushing” to exquisite checkered patterns, and then polished with a hand file and wooden tools to make the chamfer smooth and flat. When dealing with complex high-end watches, various delicate decorative patterns need to be carved on its surface to embellish its beautiful appearance. Finally, the watchmaker can finish the basic operations of the hollow parts by carefully brushing the surface. No matter what kind of decoration process, it takes countless man-hours to complete. And the assembly of the movement and the main barrel is an important procedure to test the experience and patience of the watchmaker. If there is a slight deviation, the movement cannot be installed and operated accurately. The hand-hollowed timepiece has a unique status in the watchmaking world. Breguet watchmakers have created many exquisite and ultra-precise timepieces with many years of experience and high artistic accomplishment, conveying Breguet’s elegant low-key, implicit and restrained style of.
Complex machinery, charming and harmonious
Breguet Classicique Grande Complication 3355 Platinum Perspective Watch
The Breguet Classicique Grande Complication 3355 platinum watch with tourbillon. The watch is equipped with a hand-wound movement and silver-plated 18K gold dial with dial dial and half-moon seconds hand-engraved with Breguet’s unique engraved pattern, which highlights its elegant elegance. The small second hand is directly mounted on the tourbillon shaft. The balance spring is equipped with a Breguet hairspring. The internal hollow parts of the watch are numerous. Through the sapphire crystal caseback, Breguet’s complex machinery and delicate structure are at a glance. The nature of the atmosphere.
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel 3795 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar
Breguet watches always tell the passage of time in the most exquisite and elegant way. Its invisible dial creates a subtle skeleton model, showing the complex structure of the movement like a perspective view. The 3795 watch can be regarded as a true ‘high-order customization’ in the field of micromechanics. Its bridge has a lace effect engraving, which exquisitely demonstrates superb craftsmanship. Breguet has added a third layer creatively. The hour and minute hands scales are displayed in front. This setting is easier to read time, and at the same time other information on the dial can be seen at a glance. This watch cleverly achieves these functions by mounting an eccentric sapphire disc on a flexible bracket. The non-transparent Roman numeral hour-marker scale circle, combined with the Breguet blue-steel hands with a hollow ‘moon-shaped’ needle point, can clearly and quickly display the time. Below the sapphire disc is a dial with Paris studs and a semicircle retrograde calendar display. The one-minute tourbillon at six o’clock is cleverly combined with the hour sign circle. The bridge is still beautifully chamfered, and a small three-pin second hand is set on the shaft. Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can see the inner world of the watch. The transparent design makes the tourbillon jump in front of you. Breguet watchmakers’ sophisticated retouching skills give new life to the sculptural decoration, and the meticulous carving also seems to be writing the rhythm of rotation for the tourbillon dance.
Elegant and unique, refined and restrained
Breguet Classicique Grande Complication 5335
The Breguet Classicique Grande Complication 5335 watch is driven by a manual winding movement and a neatly arranged tourbillon design adds a unique temperament to the charming personality of the watch. The elegant and beautiful design of the watch section is rich in watchmaking technology, and the curved vortex plywood and rod make it appear unexpectedly. Through the sapphire crystal, the exquisite skeleton movement of the watch is clear at a glance, and multiple sets of components are closely combined. The overall effect is elegant and harmonious, moving quietly in the space, with the dance steps of the tourbillon repeatedly rotating. A neat row of parts has been carefully polished, cut, engraved, and trimmed with balanced texture.
Breguet Classicique Chronograph 5284 skeleton chronograph
In 2013, Breguet once again collaborated with Only Watch, a large-scale international charity project launched by the Association of Monaco Gastric Constriction Les Myopathies, to create a unique watch. Breguet’s classic series Classique Chronograph 5284 hollow chronograph table. This model continues Breguet’s tradition of fine and elegant watchmaking, and is equipped with a superb manual winding movement, Calibre533.2 SQ. It is worth mentioning that this column-wheel chronograph movement has been adopted by world-renowned watch brands for a long period of time to create its most luxurious and top-end watch series. Made of 18K yellow gold, the outer edge of the case is elegantly engraved, reminiscent of the classic design of Breguet’s first watch. The elegant Breguet blue-steel hands further complement and reveal the purely manual retouching process. Through the sapphire crystal case back, the unique elegance and gorgeousness of the chronograph movement can be seen, exquisite and perfect, unparalleled.
Delicate and elegant
Breguet Classicique 5238 skeleton chronograph
Among Breguet’s many hollow timepieces, the classic series Classique 5238 skeleton chronograph is one of the more special ones. In addition to continuing the elegant design of the Breguet style, this skeleton timepiece for women is just as beautiful Combined with superb craftsmanship. The center of the main dial is set with a small seconds dial and a 30-minute accumulation timer, which are symmetrically placed at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions of the dial, adding a touch of uniqueness to the model. It is worth mentioning that the dial outer ring, lugs and crown are paved with 96 baguette diamonds, weighing about 13 carats, which undoubtedly reveals the elegance of women. Through the watch’s main dial, delicate and complicated hollow parts are layered on top of each other, working together in perfect harmony. The carefully carved patterns on the surface of the main plywood are ingenious. Fits the gentle temperament of female customers.