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Skeletonizing of movements: an artwork brought to the watch
When examining a skeletonized #timepiece look for sharp interior angles; they signify that the finishing was done by hand. 
In contrast to the many mass produced skeleton watches found today, the plates and bridges of Breguet’s skeletons are painstakingly hand-worked. The graceful lattice work found on the mainplate, bridges and barrel cover, all are meticulously hand dressed on the sides – a finishing process termed “étirage” – and then beveled first with a hand file and later with wood, to achieve a gleaming anglage finish. Hand filed étirage and anglage are only the first steps in the finishing as practiced at Breguet. The flat surfaces can be finely carved with a variety of decorative motifs, an art form which is termed “ciselage.” In place of a ciselage carving, the flat surfaces can have a fine hand brushed (“brossage”) finish applied.

The #BreguetTypeXXI #FlyBack #Chronograph #ref3817 makes heads turn.

In homage to the close ties connecting the House of #Breguet to the field of aviation, the brand introduced the #TypeXXI 3817, a chronograph that perfectly merges history and innovation. Its vintage look reflects the aeronautical origins of the #TypeXX line, launched in the 1950s when the French government commissioned chronographs to equip the National Air Force and the Naval Air.

To emphasize the vintage-style, this 42mm diameter timepiece harmoniously combines a slate grey dial with an aged calfskin strap. Alongside the flyback function – a standard in all models of this collection – the movement of this #timepiece incorporates silicon components, firmly bringing it into the 21st century. Another unique feature of this #watch lies in its sapphire crystal caseback which provides an unobstructed view of the movements and a fine satin-brushed yellow gold rotor.

In #Paris this summer? Visit the #BreguetMuseum on #PlaceVendôme and enter into the fabulous universe of the House of #Breguet created back in 1775.
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Discover #pocketwatch N°4009, the first #rattrapantechronograph in #watchmakinghistory, a double-seconds “observation” #chronograph. Jump starting of both #chronometer bands is done by means of the two push-pieces set to either side of the pendant. This #invention dating back to 1820, permitted the accurate measurement of intervals of time or of the duration of two simultaneous events.

Skeletonizing of movements: an artwork brought to the watch
Skeleton designs bring the #artist and the #watchmaker together in a way that no other artistic flourishes do.

The core elements of today’s #hautehorlogerie #skeletonwatches are evidenced in Lépine and Caron’s first timepieces featuring movement plates that had been #carved with openings to show the running train, barrels that were similarly sculpted revealing the mainspring, and a balance cock slimmed to a triangular form showing the components lying beneath.

Repost from @watchcollectinglifestyle with their review of the #BreguetClassique #GrandeComplication #ref5349. Read it online: “Come to our website to find out how many diamonds are on this @montresbreguet Classique Double Tourbillon High Jewelry ref. 5349PT.  #montresbreguet #breguet #breguetdoubletourbillon #breguet5349 #tourbillon #doubletourbillon #crazyaboutdiamonds #diamonds #diamond #watchporn #watchcollectinglifestyle #watchcollecting #watches #luxury #moneyisnoobject #horology #timepieces #wcl #watchlife #wclbreguet #watchgeeks #watchnerds cc. @lilbreguet #watchesofinstagram #watchgeek #instawatch #wristgame #igwatch

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