Paris' Quai d'Horloge Inspires Breguet's $631,000 USD Classique Double Tourbillon

The site of the oldest public clock in the French capital.

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Despite being born in Switzerland, Abraham-Louis Breguet spent a large portion of his life in Paris, where he opened many of his workshops at number 39, Quai d’Horloge: the home of the oldest public clock in the French capital. Now, to celebrate this landmark, the Swiss luxury watch brand has crafted an incredibly elaborate Classique Double Tourbillon.

First introduced back in 2006 the Classique Double Tourbillon has been one of Breguet’s key offerings when it comes to haute horology. Unlike other complications in the same category, this particular model is an orbital tourbillon that features two cages mounted on the movement plate. Every 12 hours, the entire plate will complete a rotation, with half of the upper tourbillon bridge blued to act as the hour hand for the complex timepiece.

Aside from just pure mechanical complexity, there’s no lack of attention to detail for its decorated construction either. Each of the two mainspring barrels are adorned with a hand-polished Breguet “B,” while the windowed caseback provides a look at the intricately-engraved movement, depicting the iconic building at 39 Quai d’Horloge during Breguet’s time of residence. Various openings allow the gold wheels to shine through, which the brand says represents the candlelight glimmer as dusk sets.

Now available, the Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai d’Horloge will set you back $610,000 USD. Learn more on the watchmaker’s website.

Elsewhere in watches, Hublot celebrates its 40th anniversary with a trio of minimalist Classic Fusion models.

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