The rear of the watch indicates a view of the movement’s base plate which has some magnificent engravings of the nighttime sky complete with the ground. The image makes it look like our world sits directly next to a sort of nebula composed of watch gears. Breguet is able to create that rear plate bigger to seem to take up the majority of the situation from the 5347 since the plate occupies most of the case back with the gears themselves consuming less space in the center. The backplate is larger so that the motion doesn’t seem small on the giant 5349 case. It isn’t even likely that showing the gears there is necessary, but that can be done for aesthetic reasons to further suggest the mechanical nature of this ultra-status item.Breguet really presented three new “on-order” Breguet Dual Tourbillon watches for 2016, and every one of them focuses on a hand-operated guilloche machine-engraved dial. The dials, after being machined for texture – are then enamel painted for an additional colour. This Breguet Double Tourbillon 5349 has blue tooth over the dial, which makes for a lovely contrast, as blue always goes nicely with platinum and diamonds. This is also, in my most humble of opinions, a visual improvement on the all-diamond-set dial of at least one previous 5349 model.For contrast attraction, in this article you will see both the Breguet 5347 and the bigger Breguet Double Tourbillon 5349 in my wrist. Though the 5347 makes for a stately, albeit comfortable daily double tourbillon wearing experience, the Breguet Dual Tourbillon 5349 is exactly what you need in your wrist when constructing the generals. In addition to being 50mm wide, with big lugs, the circumstance is 18.65mm thick – that isn’t that terrible, really. On the fitted alligator strap with diamond-set Breguet folding buckle, then the Breguet Double Tourbillon 5349 can sit snugly against your wrist. You simply need to be familiar with lugs that may stand out past the borders of your wrist. I’d be willing to bargain with that size issue to experience the continuing majesty of wearing a watch that seemingly does the impossible by talking louder than me despite needing a mouth of any sort.
First published in 1997, Breguet, Watchmakers since 1775. The life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet was written by Emmanuel Breguet, a seventh generation descendant of Abraham-Louis and now curator of the Breguet Watches Nyc Replica museum. With the original edition long out of print, the book has just been published in its second edition, and made available by Breguet for an affordable price.
Corporate vanity coffee table books are rarely worth attentive study, but Abraham-Louis Breguet is such a significant figure in watchmaking that the updated Breguet tome is definitely worth a read. Add to that the Breguet museum’s impressive collection and the book is hard to turn down.
Measuring 27cm by 29cm and weighing 2.6kg (or 5.7lbs), the second edition is a weighty piece of reading. At 452 pages, the second edition is over 60 pages longer than the first, to accommodate the new images, illustrations and historical timepieces acquired by the Breguet museum since 2000 (like the Bugatti Royale clock purchased last year).
Necessarily, the new edition also includes a chapter covering the Swatch era, after the Swiss watchmaking conglomerate took over Breguet in 1999. It details Swatch founder Nicolas Hayek’s leadership of the company until his passing in 2010, during which its turnover grew 10-fold.
Price and availability
Breguet, Watchmakers since 1775. The life and legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet will be available at Breguet boutiques worldwide, priced at SFr130 or €120, equivalent to US$130.