Breguet’s new masterpiece showcases the extensive expertise of its artisans. The highlight is the crimson red dial, which varies in shades from the outer chapter ring to the centre, crafted through the seldom-used Grand Feu enamelling technique. This ancient method demands exceptional skill to navigate a broad spectrum of colours and achieve refined and sophisticated shades. The process involves the application of a mix containing silica and oxides onto the watch’s surface. Subsequently, the dial undergoes multiple firings in a scorching furnace, causing the enamel to fuse and liquefy when exposed to high temperatures. This step is particularly precarious as the dial is at constant risk of shattering.
The dragon, which majestically adorns the watch dial, is a hand-crafted appliqué made from rose gold. This mythical being is depicted in a regal stance, vigilantly guarding its pearl, crafted from genuine white mother-of-pearl. The background features Roman numerals, minute markings, and clouds, all rendered in a subtle golden powder-pink colour. 12 understated gold hour indicators mark the chapter ring. Completing the design, the time is shown through Breguet’s iconic open-tipped hands.
The Breguet timepiece is powered by the Calibre 502.3, encased within a 40 mm-diameter rose gold shell, which stands out as one of Breguet’s slimmest designs at merely 2.40 mm in thickness. This automatic movement, comprising 162 parts, provides the watch with a 45-hour energy reserve. It features a silicon balance spring and pallet lever, materials chosen for their corrosion resistance, wear resistance, immunity to magnetic fields, and contribution to the watch’s accuracy. The beauty of the gold oscillating weight, meticulously engraved with a circular barleycorn pattern, is visible through the sapphire crystal back of the case.
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